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House | January 29, 2015 | Chamber | House Session

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The House will come to order, members will take their seats, visitors will retire from the chamber. The Sergeant at Arms will close the doors, members and visitors will please silence all electronic devices. The prayer today will be offered by Representative Steinburg. Members and visitors in the gallery are asked to please stand and also to remain standing for the pledge of allegiance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Good morning. Let us pray. We pause to acknowledge Thee, our Father, before we undertake the important duties to be considered. Great responsibilities rest upon the members of this body. We present no merit, but plead the merits of Thy son, our Redeemer, and ask for divine wisdom and guidance that all our tasks may begin, continue, and end in Thee. Safeguard the families of our members while they are separated one from another. May anyone who is sick be restored to health, any who are bereaved be comforted, and any who are exposed to temptation to do wrong be delivered from evil. We are thankful for friends that believe in us and trust us and encircle in their protecting love. Help us ever to be worthy of trust and love. Give all the success we can bear, and still be humble, unselfish, and faithful. Spread the knowledge of Thy word and make Thy church the instrument of diffusing and upholding true religion, until Thy kingdom shall come, and Thy will shall be done, on earth as it is in Heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, the journal for January 28th has been examined and found to be correct. I move it be approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves the journal for January be approved as written. Those in favor will say Aye Those no The ayes have it and the journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials, or papers addressed to the general assembly of the House, and there are none. Ratification of bills and resolutions. The clerk will read. There you are. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The enrolling clerk reports the following resolution duly ratified, properly enrolled, and prepared for presentation to the Office of the Secretary of State. Senate Resolution 4, a joint resolution informing His Excellency Governor Pat McCrory that the general assembly is organized and ready to proceed with public business in inviting the Governor to address a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, the nurse of the day is Bonnie Davis, who is from Charlotte. Miss Davis if you'd please stand and let us welcome you. We appreciate you being here today. Introductions of bills and resolutions. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 4 Representative Torr - Clarifying Unnamed Aircraft Systems Log [SPEAKER CHANGES] Refer to the Committee on Local Government, if favorable, Judiciary 1 [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 5 Representative Torbett - Military Veterans' Special Plate [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation, if favorable, Finance [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 6 Representative Torbett - ??cycle Definition and Regulation [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation, if favorable, Finance [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 7 Representative Speciale- Amend Firearm Restoration Law [SPEAKER CHANGES] Refer to the Committee on Judiciary 3 [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 8 Representatives Jones, Iler, R. Brown and Jordan- Restore Partisan Statewide Judicial Relatio...

Referred to the Committee on Elections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 9, Representatives Horne, S. Martin, Waddel, Lucas, Restore school calendar educational purpose waiver. Education, K-12. House Bill 10, Representatives Richardson, Willingham, Glazier and Gill, Correction enterprises Medicaid sales, Health. House Bill 11, Representative Goodman, Mount Gilead charter revision and consideration, Local Government. House Bill 12, Representative Torbitt, Remove sunset foster care on both [??] programs, Children and Families if favorable, Judiciary 4. House Bill 14, Representative Torbitt, Amend school health assessment requirement, Health, if favorable, Education 12. House Bill 14, Representatives B. Brown and Bryant, Startups act, new markets tax credit. Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Finance. House Bill 15, Representatives Pendleton, Stam and Yarborough, Year round funds for community colleges, university, general education transfer courses. Education, community colleges. House Bill 16, Representative Pendleton, Repeal outdated reports, Insurance. House Bill 18, Representatives S. Martin, Horne, Sheppard, Hines, Planning year for cooperative innovative high schools, Education K-12, if favorable, Appropriations. House Bill 19, Representative C. Graham, waive tuition, fallen officer was guardian, Education, Universities, if favorable, Appropriations. House Bill 20, Representative C. Graham, Legal rule childhood diabetes screening, Health, if favorable, Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] What do we have next? Okay, is she in the gallery? Okay. By motion of Representative Steinburg, the chair extends the courtesies of the gallery to Bethany Hudson, the LA for Representative Steinburg, it's her birthday and she's in the gallery. Give her a hand. [Applause] Notices and announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Union County, Representative Horne rise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If I could get, possibly, the attention of our members for a moment. [gavel bangs] A little girl hidden away in a Dutch attic more than 70 years ago was inspired by the words and deeds of one man. Although she did not live to see her 16th birthday, her life, the strength of this little girl, has come to itself stand as an example and a tribute to the indomitable spirit of mankind. As she faced a daily routine of boredom and fear, she wrote in her diary quote, "I must mention one shining exception, a speech by our beloved Winston Churchill is quite perfect." This passage is taken from the Diary of Anne Frank. This past Saturday in Forton, MO, I had the great pleasure and high honor to attend ceremonies honoring 50 years since the death of Sir. Winston S. Churchill, along with the Ambassador from the UK, the Governor of Missouri, members of the Churchill family and others, we paid tribute to this great man and his legacy, 50 years ago this past Saturday. Tomorrow, it'll be 50 years since his funeral, the largest state funeral since Wellington. An incredible, incredible event. John Lucas in his book, The Last European War, wrote that there was one word that the people of Europe, conquered by the Nazis, would whisper from one to another to raise their morale and express their desire for freedom and the hope of

That one word was Churcha. So in commemoration of the passing of one of the giants of all time, I'm going to quote his own words. Churcha once said, "The only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations, but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor." Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that opportunity to commemorate the life and the passing of a giant. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements? If not, the gentleman from Harnett, hold just a moment, the gentleman from Rockingham, Representative Jones, for an announcement. The gentleman may make his announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to remind the members that the Capital Commission Bible Study will start again this session, will be meeting at 5:00 PM on Monday in Room 1228. So please note the room change, it'll be in Room 1228. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. The gentleman from Harnett is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members, this is for your planning purposes. The Speaker anticipates the following schedule for next week. The Speaker would anticipate convening Monday at 4, convening Tuesday at 4, convening Wednesday at 5:45 in preparations for the state of the state and we will make efforts to notify you for planning purposes on Thursday as soon as we can provide that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And for motion at the appropriate time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No, we have another announcement. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If it would be okay to ask the Rules Chair a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would the gentleman yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Gentleman yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Lewis, Representative Lewis, on Monday is that a no vote session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you for that question. It is anticipated that no House votes, no recorded House votes will be taken on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Alright. Further notices and announcements? If not, the gentleman from Harnett County is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now adjourn to reconvene on Monday, February 1st at 4:00. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves, seconded by Representative Horn, that the House be now adjourned to reconvene Monday, February the 2nd at, what, 4:00. Those in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, no. The ayes have it and the House stands adjourned. [gavel bangs]