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Senate | March 2, 2015 | Chamber | Senate Session

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Senate will come to order. Sergeant at Arms will close the doors, members will go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery will please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is Rev. Peter Milner, Senate chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please pray with me. Heavenly Father, it is good to be in a place where we can exchange ideas, and we can share our hearts with one another. Unbind us, renew us, by the power of Your holy spirit. As we come to You again for a week of work we once again lean on You. You are our strong tower of strength. Lead us from this place strong, to bring forth the power of Your love, wherever we are. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Friday, February 27, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, the journal of February 27 stands approved as written. Senators, we have excused absences today for Senator Smith-Ingram, and Senator Bryant. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, Smith-Ingram made it. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Smith-Ingram is in the house. Is in the Senate. Thank you, Senator. Let’s see, we do have a nurse of the day with us today. Doctor Linda O’Boyle is with us. Dr. O’Boyle, thank you for your service to the Senate today. And Senators, upon the motion of Senator Bill Cook, of Bovert County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies to the Honorable Adam O’Neil, mayor of Bellhaven, the Honorable Greg Sadderweight, councilman of Bellhaven, and Dr. Charles Boyette, retired mayor of Bellhaven. If you’re with us today, please stand and be recognized. Thanks for joining us. That does take us right to the calendar for the day. We have two bills on our calendar, starting with public bills third reading roll-call. Senate Bill 19, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 19, revenue loss, technical changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any discussion or debate? Hearing none. Question for the Senate, as it passes the committee substitute the Senate Bill 19 on its third reading. All in favor vote aye, opposed vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting, and the clerk will record the vote. Forty-nine having voting in the affirmative and zero in the negative the committee substitute Senate Bill 19 passes its third reading and it will be sent to the House. Senate Resolution 108, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 108, change crossover deadlines. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members, this changes-crossover from Thursday May 7, to April 30, 2015. We’ve seen the speed of things happening in the House, and we thought we needed to move it up, the bill, to catch up with them. This gives us a week, it also, the real reason is that the House is supposed to have the budget out that next week. So hopefully this’ll make it simpler on everyone to get it done beforehand. I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. Senator Bryant is now with us as well for the vote. Any discussion or debate? Hearing none. Question for the Senate is, the motion to adopt Senate Resolution 108. There will be one electronic vote, all in favor vote aye, opposed vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Fifty having voted in the affirmative, zero in the negative, Senate Resolution 108 is adopted.

That is it for our calendar for the day, so now is the time to introduce our pages. If our pages will make their way to the front up here. Pages, start coming forward for introductions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Davis, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to advise for a moment of privilege at the appropriate time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. Thank you, Senator. As soon as everybody's up here, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages serving in the chamber this week. Wilker Valentine, Wilmington. Mary Brady, Blackhawk. Anne Hunter Carroway, Wake Forest. Kayshiona Jones, Enfield. Rushian Jones the second, Enfield. Joshua Carr, Havelock. Alexis Powell, Greendale. Makayla Robinette, Pinetops. Josh Rogers, Jamestown. Dario Thomas, Kinston. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages, thank you for taking time away from school to serve us this week. We appreciate your service. Thanks so much. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is it time for an announcement? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho, you have the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister president. Ladies and gentleman of the senate, not on your blue sheet, but just to make you aware of it. On Thursday, 10 AM, room to be announced, the redistricting committee will be meeting. We have the, Senate bill 36 will be on the calendar. There may be an alter, a second bill on there, but just stay tuned and you'll be ready, but your attendance is expected. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, you have the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister president. Colleagues, we had previously scheduled a sportsmans caucus meeting on Wednesday at 4 o'clock for those of you who are interested in that, but due to the joint session that we'll be having this week with the chief justice coming over, we've had to reschedule that. So we'll be having a sportsmans caucus meeting tomorrow at 3:30. You should have that in your inboxes. All members are welcome, especially those that are interested in outdoor, wildlife, and, and sporting activities. I believe the room is 423, but that may change. Just check your email. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any other announcements? Senator Davis, you're recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thanks mister president. And to members of this chamber, it's been somewhat tradition over the years that we would pause in the chamber to recognize black history month, and the contributions of African Americans and those who've been committed to diversity in our state. Last session, we recognized through a resolution all the African Americans who had actually served in the general assembly. Although we've been hampered by inclement weather, I feel compelled to stand before you this evening and to share a few thoughts and reflections about black history month in keeping into this tradition. A little over a week ago, members of the East Carolina University board of trustees unanimously, unanimously voted to transition the name of Governor Aycock from one of our dormitories. On this matter, brought students, faculty, administrators, those from across our community together. Many supported the action of the board, and there were some who did not support that action. The matter at hand dealt with the desire to embrace heritage, but yet also the desire to embrace a new future with those who are sensitive about which direction we would head. East Carolina has a motto and it says tomorrow starts here. In spite of the motto, or in the spirit of the motto, I must believe that the board wrestled and struggled to acknowledge heritage, but at the same time to embrace our future

We see here the very challenge with race relations. How do we work with each other? How do we live with one another? How do we get along? What important questions. As I reflect on this, clearly Governor Aycock made contributions to education and established a clear framework here in the state of North Carolina, but on the other hand, whether the result of political pressure or a product of time, I acknowledge that I would not have served in the general assembly during that time simply because of my race. For this reason, I believe we must always be reminded that we are sons and daughters of complex times, and yet rich history. It is up to us, then to write the future textbooks or now, ebooks about North Carolina which will be the direction, a direct reflection of our service and what we do and why we come to Raleigh. And we must continue to search from within as we find words to write and add to this textbook. Again, there, as I said last February, and I'll be very clear, there's been no mandates from any political party. Obviously not the Democratic party, not the Republican party alone, not third parties. Therefore I conclude that it's up to all of us to see the obligation to meet therefore, the challenges of the time in which is, is before us. Last session, there was discussion after the resolution, and we've passed a resolution unanimously, but he question was about, well, we have record number of African Americans now in the general assembly. I must admit that many in the African American community and others, at times, yes we use numbers to reflect success. We have 11 now versus four or seven or three, but you know as I really think about this, and I try to understand it better, if history holds true, and we're just counting numbers, perhaps a good deed was done. But on the other hand, as I wrestle with this, I don't know that very, just sheer numbers are the very indication of success alone. Why? In reality, there could be 50 members of the North Carolina general assembly, all African Americans. Is that success? I don't believe so. It's not diverse, if anything, and it's not inclusive. Well, then I'm compelled to believe that the only true way to then measure success, it must be the measure of our hearts and how we truly embrace one another. While numbers may matter, or at least we place significance, there's nothing that matters more than a loving heart. The Scripture tells us, love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment, but then what's after that? It goes on to say, and the second is like it

Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the profits hang on these two commandments, so I must believe then that when our hearts may match our numbers, whatever that number is, then there's a true reward that's waiting for us, not in this chamber, but at a greater place when the words can be said, well done. So during this recognition of black history month. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, excuse me, points of personal privilege are, are three minutes by your own rules, and you're well over six. You can keep on going, go ahead, go ahead and conclude. I just want you, if you could go ahead and wrap it up please. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister president. During this recognition of black history month, we are reminded of these commandments, and as we hold onto these commandments, there will be no doubt in my mind that North Carolina will indeed be better off, and that our history will, indeed, reflect such. As to transition of ?? name was a defining moment for Eastern North Carolina and our university? We too will face defining moments as members of this chamber, and we must strive as part of our challenge, then to look and then to embrace the future. To hold onto the words that tomorrow starts here, and in essence, black history month to me is not about holding onto the past, but actually about embracing the future together. My dear colleagues, it's indeed our, an honor to serve, truly an honor to serve with each and every one of you and to write this book together of North Carolina's history. I leave you with these words penned, in closing, with William from William Gaston. Then, let all those who love us, love the land that we live in, as happy region as on this side of Heaven, where the plenty and peace, love and joy smile before us. Raise aloud, raise together the heart thrilling chorus. Hurrah, hurrah, the old north state forever. Hurrah, hurrah, the good old north state. May God bless you. May God bless your families. Thank you for listening, and may God bless the old north state. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Any other notices or announcements? Any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations set forth in Senate rule 24.1 and the ratification of bills to reconvene on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2 PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is that the Senate now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations and the ratification of bills and resolutions to reconvene Tuesday, March 3 at 2 PM. Seconded by Senator Apodaca. All in favor say aye. Opposed no. The ayes have it. Senate stands adjourned.