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Senate | May 18, 2016 | Chamber | Senate Convenes

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] Senate will come to order. Sergeant at arms will close the doors and members will go to their seats. At this time we'd like to ask all of our members and our guests in the gallery to please make sure all of your electronic devices are silenced. Leading the Senate in prayers Reverend Peter Miller of Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. That's right. Let's pray Father in heaven we come to you now and we thank you for this day. Thank you for making it. Thank you for being glad and rejoicing over us with singing right now we thank you for this place. This government. We thank you for these leaders, we thank you for their families. And we thank you for the guests that have come today. Would you bless us all in the name of Jesus and would you bless us from our heads to our toes. It is in His name we pray. Amen. >> Amen Senator Barker is recognized for a motion. >> Thank you Mr. President, the journal of Tuesday May 17th has been examined is found to be correct, I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stands approved as written. >> Without objection the journal for May 17th stands approved. As written. Senators we have lease of absence granted today for senator Barringer and Robinson. It's also a special day today we have three nurses of the day with us today. Think that's the first, we have Vernic Pope of Greensborough From North Carolina, Bonny Tensely of [UNKNOWN] North Carolina and Elizabeth Shuck of Marshal North Carolina, If you all please stand to be recognized thank you for serving us. [APPLAUSE]. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senators upon the the motion of senators Smith-Ingram and senators Waddell, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to the divine nine, the nine historically black Greek letter organisations that make up the national pan holinic/g council. Alpha Pi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iotified Theta,

Kappa Alpha Pi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Omega Psi Phi and Zeta Phi Beta. If you're with us please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joining us in the senate. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] >> Senators Smith-Ingram and what purpose do you rise? >> A moment of personal privilege out of order. >> Senator Smith-Ingram you have the floor for a moment of personal privilege out of order. >> Thank you Mr. President we so delighted to have the divide nine with us and we want to extend our sincerest appreciation for your labor, and work and collaboration with us on today. As I call the names of member organisations I would like for the colleagues in the chamber to To please stand so we can acknowledge you among your work with your peers. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, [BLANK_AUDIO] Delta Sigma Theta. Iota Phi Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho. And to our minority leader, Senator Dan Blue Alpha Phi Alpha, and did I omit anyone? Of course my lovely brothers who wear the red and the crescent and the cream along with us Deltas, [UNKNOWN] and Kappa Alpha Psi. We have a I have a special acknowledgement for Senator Apodaca, thank you so much for your presentation today. Let's join in giving them a hand. [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Senators upon the motions of Senators Tart, Rucho, Waddel, Jackson and Ford of Mecklenburg County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Mecklenburg County Chairman Trevor Fuller, County Manager Dina D'Oreo and all other county commissioners here today from Mecklenburg County. If you're with us, please stand and be recognized. [BLANK_AUDIO] If you see them, tell them hello. Upon the motion of Senator Rabin of Brunswick County the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Commissioner Frank Williams and other Brunswick County commissioners. if you're with us in the gallery please stand. Thank you for joining us today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Upon the motion of Senator Ron Rabin of Harnett County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to North Carolina Coalition of Home Educator, some 200 that are registered for today's event. If you'll please stand and be recognized. Thank you for being in the Senate today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Upon the motion of Senator Jim Davis of Macon County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and their president Brett Morgan. Please stand and be recognized. Thank you for being here. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Upon the motion of Joel Ford of Mecklenburg County the Chair The Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Mr. Carlos Watson, attorney at law and Paul Mark for the middle eastern province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. Mr. Watson, if you're with us, please stand and be recognized. >> [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] >> [BLANK_AUDIO] Upon the motion of senator Bingham of Davidson county, the chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Fred McClure county commissioner from Davidson county. Mr. McClure if you're with us thank you for joining us today. >> [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] >> [BLANK_AUDIO] Do we have any reports of standing committees today? Senator Tillman for what purpose do you rise? >> Sending forth the committee report. >> Senator Tillman you can send forward your report [BLANK_AUDIO] Clerk will read. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Senate department the finance committee submits for passage senate bill 832. Expand one percent $ 80 excise tax for port equipment, favorable. Senate bill 818, unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill title [BLANK_AUDIO] An act to increase the standard deduction amount over two years. Senate delete 32 and 818 calendar. >> Mr. President. >> Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? >> Motion please. >> Senator Apodaca has the floor for a motion. >> Thank you, Mr. President. Clerk just read in Senate Bill 818, increase the zero tax bracket. We need to place it on Monday, May 23rd calendar. >> Without objection, so ordered. Senators I take this into our calendar for the day. We only have one item on our calendar. Public Bill, Second Reading. Senate Bill 838 clerk will read. >> Senate Bill 838. Medicaid transformation modification. >> Senator Hise is recognized to explain the Bill. >> Thank you Mr President, members of the Senate. The Bill you have in front of you is some modifications to our statutes to prepare for the waiver that we will have to submit first of June to reform, medicaid. This predominantly means we taking some populations and leaving them in free for service Because they are either fully federally funded or they are hard to measure populations. Coming here it puts in some reporting requirements to medicaid oversight. Clarify some other language we had that deals with the cooling off period, and the appointment of the director to medicaid. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Bill. Do we have any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the passage of committee substitute to Senate Bill 838 on its second reading. All in favor vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The Clerk will record the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] Raven Brunswick aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, committee substitute Senate Bill 838 passes its second reading and without object be read a third time. >> The North Carolina General Assembly enacts. >> Any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passing of committee substitute to Senate Bill 838 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye. >> Aye. >> Opposed no. The ayes have it. Committee substitute Senate Bill 838 passes its third reading and it will be sent to the House. And that is all on our calendar. Do we have any notices or announcements today? Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? >> Republicans will caucus immediately after session. >> Senator Blue, for what purpose For what purpose do you rise? >> Democrats will caucus at 3 O'clock. >> Senator Lowe, for what purpose do you rise? >> Personal privilege. >> Senator, you have the floor. >> There is a fantastic young lady that is from our district, district 32, and she attends the school of the arts at the high school level, and she plays the viola and she does a tremendous job. She has been serving as a page on this week. And I was informed by our [INAUDIBLE] rules chair that she will have the opportunity to share with us at the beginning of session on tomorrow. So I wanted to share that with all of you. Thank you. >> Thank you senator. We look forward to that. Do we have any other notices or announcements. Any further business to come before the senate? If not the chair recognizes Senator Berger fora motion. >> Mr President I move that the senate do now adjourn Subject to the standard stipulation rules set forth in senate rule 24.1 the received committee reports, the received House messages and the ratification of bills to reconvene on Thursday, May 19th 2016 at 11 AM. >> The motion that the Senate now adjourn subject to stipulations stated by Senator Berger to reconvene Thursday, May 19th at 11 AM, seconded by Senator Ford. All in favor say aye. >> Aye. >> Opposed no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned. [SOUND]