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Senate | March 9, 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 please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. Members and guests in the gallery please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Lord, you’re the same yesterday, today and forever and yet how do we even come before you right now and pray in such a strange place. While you completely forgive us, we often completely judge those to our left and right. You tell us not to keep score and, Lord, I know I often fail at this. Help our hearts from becoming cold, judgmental and calculating. Father, I’m grateful that on this day there’s nothing I can do or think or say that keeps you from pouring out your grace upon me. You are a forgiving God. Despite our failings, despite ourselves you cling to that cross for us. Have mercy on us, Lord, forgive us and help us depend on your grace in all of our relationships here in the North Carolina Senate. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Pate is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, the journal of Thursday, March 5, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that the Senate dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection the journal for March 5th stands approved as written. Senators, we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Berger, Bryant, Newton and Wells. Senators upon the motion of many Senators on the floor today, chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds who are here with us in the gallery please stand so that you can be recognized. Thanks for joining us today. [applause] Reports of standing committees. Senator Randleman for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forward a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator you can send forward your committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Randleman of the Judiciary 2 committee submits for passage, Senate Bill , favorable, Vital records integrity act. Senate Bill , unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill, no contact order no expiration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 82 and Senate Bill 60, calendar. Messages from the House, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Messages from the House. Senate Bill 20, House committee substitute, received for concurrence in house sup. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A motion please, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The reading clerk just read in House Bill 20. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I ask that it be brought before us for consideration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill , Senate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill , thank you. We sent it over as a Senate Bill but it came back to us as the House Bill, so I’d like to put it on the calendar for concurrence please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection so ordered. Senators, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the floor to Leah Stein, Senator Stein’s daughter. Leah, thanks for joining us on the floor today. [applause] That brings us right in to the calendar for the day. One bill for concurrence, Senate Bill 20, the clerk will read.

Senate Bill 20, IRC Update, Motor Fuel Tax Changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, members of the Senate. I wanted to ask that the Senate vote to non-concur and there will be plenty, plenty of time to debate this bill so please vote to non-concur with this bill. Thank you, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator Meredith. Senator Meredith asks that you do not concur, is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 20. We will have one electronic vote, all in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no, five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. 5 having voted in the affirmative and 37 in the negative, the Senate does not concur to the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 20 and the House will be notified. Senator Davis for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To have my vote recorded. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Did we get Senator Davis on the last vote? Senator, aye or no? [SPEAKER CHANGES] No. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No for Senator Davis. Final count. 5 in the affirmative, 38 in the negative. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Van Dyne, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To change my vote. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Van Dyne wants to change her vote from? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye, yes, to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] From yes to no. 40 to 39. Senator Rucho for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For two announcements, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just one second, Senator. We’ll do announcements in just a minute. Messages from the House, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 117, An act to enact the North Carolina Competes Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, that definitely needs to go to the Rules Committee please for a little look see, or a lot of look see. thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. At this time, Senators, we’d like to introduce our pages, so pages if you’ll make your way down front here and we’ll introduce you. So pages, just start making your way around the chamber down to the front and when they all get down here then the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages serving in the House this week, Catlin Avery, Winterville, Rachel Bass, Raleigh, Marissa Bishop, Apex, Trent Brown, Sergado, Sylvia Craig, Olgam Beach, Carson Honeycutt, Pinehurst, Ivone Lyle, Raleigh, Erin Holmo, Holly Springs, Ellie Stevens, Mooresvile, Rabin Wakes, Raleigh, Grayson Willard, Montcour, Kevin Woo, Cabot. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages, thanks so much for joining us in the Senate this week. Look forward to working with you. [applause] Notices and announcements, Senator Rucho is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Senate. Just a reminder, tomorrow at 1 o’clock there is a Finance Committee meeting scheduled and there will not be one taking effect. We’ve had some great information on incentives and speakers and on Wednesday we will continue that at 1 o’clock. Second announcement, sir, and that is tomorrow at 3 o’clock to about 5 or maybe a little after there will be a second redistricting meeting on the Guilford-Greensboro redistricting and also on Wake, so I hope that all the members that are schedule on that committee will be in attendance. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Tomorrow morning at 8:30 joint appropriations base budget meeting will be, will have the governor’s folks

...the governor’s budget. Make sure you bring your copy of the governor’s budget to the meeting. So you should all have a copy of it, so make sure you bring it tomorrow morning, 8:30. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Smith-Ingram, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth a senatorial statement at the appropriate time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forth your senatorial statement now. Sen. Smith-Ingram, would you like to speak to that? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] As well, you have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. It is indeed my honor to submit this senatorial statement on this evening. In 1891, by an act of Congressman Justin Smith Morrill, the land grant institutions were set forth across the United States of America so that we could lead the innovation in agriculture and technology. With that grant, some 30 years later, came the act of the North Carolina General Assembly (and you have the statement before you). As you refer to your statement, I’d like for my colleagues who are graduates of North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, if you will stand with me, as well as any staff members, my legislative assistant is a graduate as well of this fine institution. It is truly a jewel that lies in the districts of Sen. Robinson as well as Sen. Wade. North Carolina A and T was founded on March 9, 1891 by the act of the North Carolina General Assembly to ratify Congress’ second Morrill act. In this act, great institutions like North Carolina A&T were established. To share with you a few accolades of the university, will be that it is the no. 1 producer in the United States of America of all African-American engineers at the bachelors level as well as the masters and the doctoral level. It is also a leading university in producing African-Americans certified public accountants. If you will go to the fourth paragraph, we hold such love for our alumni members. We boast such great cadre of them, to name a few would be Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, past Justice Henry Frye, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Congressman Edolphus Towns, former NASA astronaut Ronald McNair, who was also my hero. The A&T Four, who launched America’s sit-in movement, Terrence Jenkins, an actor, Golden State Warriors vice president Alvin Attles, and several state senators...Sen. Wendell Ford, Sen. Ben Clarke, Sen. Joyce Waddell, Sen. Gladys Robinson and I would not leave out yours truly. NC A&T is a place where dreamers become achievers, from astronauts to presidents, where superlatives are a norm and mediocrity is not a part of reality, where we have over 100 years of existence and a century of excellence. Now, therefore, the alumni of this world class university, not only can rightly say Aggie Pride, but also Aggies Do. Because of the university’s unwavering commitment to higher education and social activism, making it deserving of recognition on this it’s 124th anniversary, astronaut Ron McNair was my hero. I wanted to be an astronaut, but I could never get over my fear of heights, so I became an aeronautical engineer and worked for the Boeing company some 8-9 years plus. I believe that what we do here is so important. It’s the enactment of this general assembly that set the pace for this fine unwavering. I commend the general assembly for what we do and I trust that we will move forward to lead innovation. Thank you so much. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, senator. Any other notices or announcements? Any further business come before the senate. Not, the chair recognizes Sen. Pate promotion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the senate do now adjourn, subject to the standard stipulation set forth in Senate Rule 24.1, appointment of conferees and messages from the house to reconvene on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motions of Senate do now adjourn subject to the stipulation stated by Sen. Pate to reconvene Tuesday, March 10 at 2PM, seconded by Sen. Smith-Ingram. All in favor say aye.

...opposed no. The ayes have it. Senate stands adjourned.