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House | February 2, 2015 | Chamber | House Session

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Members will take their seats. The visitors will retire from the chamber, the sergeant at arms has closed the doors. Members and visitors will please silence all electronic devices. The prayer will be offered by Representative Avila. Members in the gallery and visitors in the gallery will please stand and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let us pray. Our gracious Heavenly Father, today we come before you in humility recognizing that all things come to us through your mercy and grace, not by any of our own actions. We praise and thank you for guiding each of us to this place today. We ask for your wisdom and understanding as we face important issues affecting the lives of North Carolinians. Grant us patience and love as we deal with each other and the differing ideas among us. Watch over and protect our men and women in the armed forces as they defend our freedoms. Be with their families as they struggle with separations, anxieties and fears. Give them a peaceful mind and a restful heart as they sacrifice to protect our great country. All this I pray in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] 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 Dollar is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker the journal for January 29th has been examined and found to be correct. I move that it be approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Dollar moves that the journal for January 29th be approved as written. Those in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. The journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials or papers addressed to the General Assembly or the House, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Dear Lieutenant Governor Forrest and Speaker Moore, I am pleased to once again recommend Dr. Linda Morrison-Combs to serve as State Controller for a seven year term beginning July 1, 2015, and hereby submit her name for confirmation by the General Assembly pursuant to North Carolina Statute 143b-426.37b. As she has demonstrated throughout her career, Dr. Combs brings a wealth of knowledge and abilities to this important role. I am grateful for her willingness to continue serving the citizens of the state of North Carolina. Enclosed you will find biographical information for Dr. Combs. Please feel free to contact my staff for any additional information you may require. Sincerely, Pat McCrory, Governor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Go ahead, read the next one. These are both referred to the Committee on Rules. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Dear President Pro Tempore Berger and Speaker Moore, Pursuant to GS 53-92 I am pleased to once again recommend for confirmation Mr. Raymond E. Grace for Commissioner of Banks. Mr. Grace has a distinguished career for over 40 years with the Banking Commission and I am certain he will continue to be an outstanding commissioner. Included you will find biographical information on Mr. Grace. Please feel free to contact my staff for any additional information. Sincerely, Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Committee on Rules. Introduction, bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 21, Representative Pierce, restore teaching fellows program. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 22, Representatives Howard, Arp, Tine and Warren, enhance unemployment insurance program integrity reporting. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 23, Representatives Howard, Arp, Tine and Warren, Division of Employment Security Board of Review. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 24, Representatives Howard, Arp, Tine and Warren, unemployment insurance law changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 25, Representatives Ridell and Ross, school calendar flexibility, Alamance, Burlington. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12 and if favorable to Commerce and Job Development. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 26, Representatives Pierce and R. Moore, restore educational sales tax holiday. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 27, Representatives Pierce and R. Moore, reenact earned income tax credit. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 28, Representative Pierce, [??]

Appropriate funds. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 29, Represenatives L. Johnson, Glazier, Holloway and Horne, technical changes to courses of study statute. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 30, Representative Jackson, Name, address of lottery winner confidential. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary 3. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 31, Representative Jackson, 0.00 Alcohol restoration all DWI. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary 2. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 32, Representative Jackson, Amend habitual DWI. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary 2. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 33, Representative Jackson, New judge, assistant district attorney, Wake County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 34, Representatives Jones and Holloway, School calendar flexibility, certain counties. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12 and if favorable Commerce and Job Development. We'd like now to introduce the pages. We really thank you all for working with us this week. If you would come to the front I'll call your names and while you're coming I'd like to represent the parents of some of the pages, Jim and Nancy Core and Shannon Core, if you would stand if you're there. There you are. Thank you for being here with us. [Applause] And while you're standing, Bob and Rachel Langley, parents of Mebin, grandparents of Nicholas Frederick, are you there? Well. [Applause] And Rhonda Benson, mother of Kat Benson if you're there. They've left. Okay, you may have a seat. The pages, if you would raise your hand as I call your name so we'll know who you are. Lee Abrahms of Orange County, Kat Benson of Wake, Camden Diggs of Stanley, Nick Ebridge of Randolph, Nicholas Frederick of Airdale, Joshua Core of Clavin, Carolyn McCloud or Orange, Seth Morward of Guilford, Allison Taylor of Richmond and Caleb Robin of Lee. Thank you all so much for helping us out with the Governor coming on Wednesday this is a historic occasion and we'll need your help. Thank you very much. You may resume your positions. [Applause] Notices and announcements. Representative Jones? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Capital Commission Bible Study will meet this afternoon at 5pm in room 1228. For those of you that have participated in the past, please note the room change, room 1228. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Dollar is recognized for a motion, well, first recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege, thank you. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I made a proposition with a school counselor at my son's middle school, Mr. Ron Perin, the school counselor at Rutkin Road Middle School happens to be a rather fervent New England Patriots fan, and had the game gone the other way, the way it was going up until 26 seconds left, then Mr. Perin would've been obligated today to be wearing a Seattle Seahawks jersey over at the middle school today. Unfortunately, because of probably the single worst play call in the entire 49 year history of the Super Bowl, I am standing before you today fulfilling my requirement to praise the New England Patriots on their fourth Super Bowl championship in that franchise's history. I would note with some solace, I suppose, that the winning player, the guy who made the difference at the very end, was an undrafted, unrestricted free agent from a very small school who, once again, proved in America that with hard work and determination you can rise from the very bottom to the very top pinnacle of your profession, and I do so with just a few seconds to spare in this case.

So I congratulate Malcolm Butler on his win, and I congratulate Mr. Penn, for the record, on the New England Patriot's victory in the Super Bowl and just simply say, wait till next year. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Unless someone, Representative McNeill is recognized, for whatever purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you. Would be appropriate to recommend that Representative Dollar's comments be spread across the journal? [SPEAKER CHANGE] If you'll pay the cost of transcribing them, we'll do that. Representative Dollar is recognized for motion.