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Senate | April 25, 2016 | Chamber | Senate Opening Session

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] The Senate will come to order. The Sergeant-at-Arms will close the doors, members will go to their seats. [BLANK_AUDIO] Welcome back everybody. Members and guests in the gallery, we ask that you please silence all your electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is The Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Let's pray together. Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us here tonight to this special ground. Thank you for gathering us under your wing. We drew courage from years past, and we are thankful that we can stand upon your solid rock again today. Lord, make us aware of our need for your grace, for none of us measure up to your perfect law. Help us to speak like those who strived to please God rather than men. Be with us Lord, set us free to serve the people of this state. And give us good courage to know that when we fail, and when we fall short, your grace is sufficient in our weakness. And it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. >> Amen. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Senators, if you will all stand again please for the Pledge of Allegiance. Please join me in the Pledge. >> 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. >> You may be seated. Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. >> Thank you, Mr. President. The Journal of September 30, 2015 has been examined and its found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the Journal, and that it stand approved as written. >> Without objection, the Journal for September 30th, 2015 stands approved as written. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senators, we do have a nurse with us today, nurse Mary Graff from Raleigh is with us. Nurse Graff, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for serving us today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Senators, upon the motion of Senator Andrew Brock of Davie, Rowan and Iredell counties, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Sera Dinger. And the Adolf Warren Family Leadership Fellows from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at North Carolina State University. This is a program for sophomore, junior and senior students who have interest in, and potential for leadership in public service and agriculture. And we'll have three of these Fellows interning at the Legislature starting May 19th, and please stand if you're with us in the gallery so we can recognize you. Thank you for joining us. >> [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> At this time Senator Berger is recognized to appoint an escort committee for the sitting of Senator-Elect Chaudhuri. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Thank you, Mr. President. The escort committee for Senator Jay Chaudhuri, I told somebody a little while ago it took me awhile to get Rucho down, so this is gonna be a, [LAUGH] Senator Dan Blue, Chair, Senator Terry Van Duyn, Senator Paul Lowe, Senator Tamara Barringer, and Senator Chad Barefoot. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Members of the escort committee may proceed to the doors to escort the Honorable Jay Chaudhuri to

the well of the chamber. The Sergeant-at-Arms will open the chamber doors, all members and guests will please stand. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> [APPLAUSE] >> The Reading Clerk will now read the proclamation from the governor appointing Jay Chaudhuri to fill the vacancy left by Senator Josh Stein. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, Governor. The appointment of Jay Jodi Chaudhuri, 2015/2016. By the Governor of the State of North Carolina, a proclamation. Whereas the Honorable Josh Stein, elected senator from Senate District 16 for the 2015/16 General Assembly has resigned. And whereas, the provisions of General Statute 163-11, require that the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Josh Stein, be filled by appointment of the person recommended by the eligible members of the Wake County Democratic Party Executive Committee. And whereas, the Wake County Democratic Party Executive Committee has notified me of its recommendation of Jay Jodi Chaudhuri of Wake County, North Carolina to fill the expired term. I do by these present appoint Jay Jodi Chaudhuri as a member of the North Carolina Senate 2015/2016 General Assembly. In witness whereof I have hereto signed my name and affixed the great seal of the State of North Carolina, at the capital and the city of Raleigh this 19th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2016. Pat McCrory, Governor. >> Senators, Senator Chaudhuri received the oath of office earlier today, but Senator Chaudhuri, we welcome you to the North Carolina Senate. Thank you for making the sacrifice to serve the people of North Carolina, and we're honored to serve alongside you here in the Senate chamber. Thank you so much. >> [APPLAUSE] >> The committee may now escort Senator Chaudhuri to seat number 41. The House will be notified. The Escort Committee may then return to their seats. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> As senators, we would like to extend courtesies of the gallery now to the family of Senator Jay Chaudhuri, Wake County. And the Chair is happy to extend these courtesies to his wife Sejal, the children Neil and Leah, and parents Dr. and Mrs. Debi Chaudhuri. If you're with us, please stand and be recognized, thank you so much for joining us today. >> [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> This time we'd like to introduce our Pages for the week. So Pages if you'll start making your way forward here to the front of the dais, and when you're all upfront then we will read your names. [BLANK_AUDIO] The Clerk will read. >> Pages serving in the chamber this week. Lauren Bush, Cornelius. Kennedy Berg, Carey. Anna Caps, Whiteville. Brianna Dunlap, Charlotte. Cameron Fisher, Raleigh. Austin Floris, Apex. Kenton Goodwin, Newton Grove. Althea Hamilton, Ashville. Josephine Hill,

Durham. Nicholas Jones, Dunn. Nacain Knowles, Clinton. Sam LeGrain, Pittsboro. Macayla McDaniel, Chapel Hill. Arvin Rayjohn, Raleigh. Watson Reys, Magnolia. Kamal Shah, Gastonia. Luke Smith, Andrew, and Ashanti Williams, Winston Salem. >> Pages, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to serve us here in the Senate this week, and we're honored to have you here. We hope you have a great week, thanks so much. >> [APPLAUSE] >> To any notices or announcements. Any notices? Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? >> Announcement. >> Senator Apodaca has the floor for announcement. >> Mr President, members, tomorrow afternoon I believe it's three o'clock. The Nominations Committee will be meeting. Proposed nominations will sent out tonight before midnight I believe, so look we forward to everybody attending. >> Any further notices, or announcements? Any further business to come before the Senate? If not the Chair recognizes Senator Apodaca for a motion. >> Thank you, Mr President. I move that the Senate now adjourn subject to the standards and stipulations set forth in Rule 24.2, to reconvene on Tuesday the 26th of April, 2016 at 9:15. Mr President, if I make a quick announcement, this will be a skeleton session. There are no votes planned, thank you. >> Thank you, senator. The motion is that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Apodaca, to reconvene Tuesday, April 26th, at 9:15 AM, seconded by Senator Chaudhuri. All in favor say aye? >> Aye. >> Opposed no? The ayes have it, the Senate stands adjourned. >> [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Message from the House. Mr. President, it is ordered that the message be sent to the Senate informing that Honorable body, that pursuant to the proclamation issued by Governor Pat McCrory on April 13th, 2016, Christopher Sgro has been administered to the oath of office as a member of the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 2015/2016 General Assembly. Representative Sgro have been seated to fill the vacancy created by the death of Representative Ralph C. Johnson from the 58th District. Respectfully, Denise Weeks, Principal Clerk. Message from the Governor, State of North Carolina, Office of the Governor. The Honorable Phil Berger. Dear Senator Berger, Pursuant to the North Carolina General Statute 143B-926, I am pleased to nominate Mr. Robert Schurmeier, Jr. to serve as the director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Schurmeier is a law enforcement veteran with nearly 30 years of experience. Please feel free to contact my staff for any additional information. Pat McCrory, Governor. Refer to Select Committee on Nominations. Pat McCrory, Governor. Denise Weeks, Principal Clerk of the House. Sarah Lang, Principal Clerk of the Senate. Dear Miss Weeks and Miss Lang, this is written to comply with Section I and Section II of the Executive Order number 107, signed by Governor Hunt on February 20th, 1997. This shall serve as my official designation of Room 1039 within the Department of Administration Building as the office of the Legislative Council under provision of Section I. I hereby designate the following employee of the governor's office as the officials to whom delivery of bills can be made under the provision of Section II. Fred Steen, Lee Barnes, Chris Jones. Fred Steen and Lee Barnes shall serve as the designated liaison for the lobby on behalf of this office. Mr. Steen's office is located in room 1038 in the Administration Building, and his number is 919-814-2030. Ms. Barnes' office is located in room 1030 in the Administrative Building, and her phone number is 919-814-2049. Sincerely, Pat McCrory.

A message from the Governor. The Honorable Phil Berger. Dear Senator Berger, pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 97-77, I am pleased to nominate the following individuals to serve as members of the North Carolina Industrial Commission per confirmation by the General Assembly. William G. Daughtridge, Jr., Secretary Daughtridge took his seat on the commission at as an interim appointee on February 18th, 2016, pending confirmation by the General Assembly. He's filling the unexpired term of Andrew Heath. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Daughtridge served as Secretary of the Department of Administration. His term will end April 30th, 2019, and will serve as a representative of employers. Commissioner Cheatham. This will be a reappointment for Commissioner Cheatham. She has served as a member of the North Carolina Industrial Commission since July, 2010. Her term will end on June 30th, 2022, and will serve as a representative of employers. Christopher C. Loutit. Mr. Loutit is currently serving as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. He was nominated on February 27th, 2015, for a full term pending confirmation by the General Assembly. His term will end April 30, 2021, and will serve as representative of employees. These three individuals bring distinguished careers to the Industrial Commission, and with their vast knowledge and skills will provide exceptional service to the State of North Carolina. I urge their confirmation at the earliest possible time. Included you will find biographical information on each nominee. Please feel free to contact my staff for any additional information. Sincerely, Pat McCrory. Refer to the Select Committee on Nominations, 4/25/16. [BLANK_AUDIO] Introduction of bills. Senate Joint Resolution 722. A joint resolution, >> Just tell the title, we don't need to review the title. >> Okay. Senate Joint Resolution 722, office held as filed April 25, 2016. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senate Bill 371, Re-referral, LME-MCO Claims Reporting, Mental Health Amends. Calendar, October 25th, 2015, refer to Rules.