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House | June 9, 2016 | Chamber | House Convenes

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [ BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO][SOUND] The House will come to order, members will take their seats, visitors will retire from the chamber, the Sergeant-at-arms will close the doors. We'd ask all members and our guests to please silence all electronic devices. This morning's prayer will be offered by Representative Turner, we'd ask all our members and our guests in the gallery to please stand for the prayer and to remain standing for the pledge of allegiance. >> Representative Turner. >> Thank you Mr. Speaker. Would you vow with me please? Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. We praise your name and thank your name for this beautiful day and your presence among us. We thank you for your faithfulness and ask that you increase our faithfulness to you, to our families, to the others in our communities, our state and in our world. Lord you have called us to be your hands and fit in this world. Help us as we minister to your children by using the gifts and talents you've given us. As you have given each of us each, special gifts. We return then to you multiplied by serving others. We thank you for your presence with us who have lost loved ones or who deal with the trials of sickness with loved ones. We ask your blessings of peace and comfort on those in difficult circumstances. We ask your forgiveness when we've done things that separate us from you or if we have not taken opportunities you've given us to share your love with others. Restore us to our right relationship with you. Now, Lord we ask that you pour your wisdom on us as we make decisions that affect our communities, our state and our world. You see the whole picture, and we only see dimly. Fill us with your spirit that we may discern your will in each step we take. Guide and direct us in the path you would have us to go, and keep us safe as we take on this day. Help us to bring you glory. Others pray in their own way but I ask these things in the name of Jesus my savior. Amen. >> Amen. 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. >> The gentleman from Hornet, Representative Louis is recognized for a motion. >> Mr. Speaker, the journal for June 8th has been examined and found to be correct, I move that it stand approved as written. >> Representative Louis moves that the journal for June 8th be approved as written. Those in favor will say aye? >> Aye. >> Those opposed no the ayes have it, the journal for June 8 is approved as written. Ratification of bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. >> [INAUDIBLE] the following bills and resolutions [INAUDIBLE] ratify, properly enroll and prepare for presentation to the office of the secretary of state. House bill 1037, an act to authorize the [INAUDIBLE] Lincoln County Airport Authority to enter enter certain contracts for a period greater than 25 years, to make technical corrections to the session laws related to the airport authority and a transfer of [INAUDIBLE] Davie County Correctional Center property to the Davie County Border Commissioners. House bill 1083, an act amendment of the charter of the City of Windleton to allow proposed organs to be submitted to the city council [INAUDIBLE] elections as an equal number of 25% of the total number of registered voters, residing within the city at the time of the last regular municipal election. Senate joint resolution 892, a joint resolution under the [INAUDIBLE] final amendment of John Hosea Kerr III, amendment of the general assembly. Chapter bills will be noted. [BLANK_AUDIO] Chair directs that Senate Bill 215 title an actual bow [UNKNOWN] quarter and the browser cant be removed from the community on rules.

Forward to the community on local government. Members our motion of Representative Bell of Wayne County and all members that chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to members of the North Carolina Pest Management Association who are with us today. Would you all please stand so that we could welcome you, over here, thank you for being with us. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Also Jack Bradford who is the son of Representative John Bradford is an honorary face today, Jack glad to have you with us today, thanks for being with us. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Calendar. House bill 1017 the clerk will read. >> Representative Burr House Bill 1017, a bill to be entitled an act to add or remove certain [INAUDIBLE] of the town of [INAUDIBLE] General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. Th question before the house is the passage of house bill 1017 on it's third reading, those in favor will vote aye, those opposed no, the clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] Representative Hager, Representative Curtlin, if the members wish to record. [BLANK_AUDIO] Representative Horns, gentleman wishes to record, Representative Conrad, we're in a vote. If members wish to record this would be a good time to press either the green or red button. Representative Martin, Representative Jackson, Representative Hall, Representative Graham, Representative Haze, Representative Richardson, Representative Pindleton. Last call. The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 108 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, House Bill 1017 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. House Bill 1039, the Clerk will read. >> Representatives [UNKNOWN] and Brisson. A bill to be entitled an act to Increase the Authorization of Sampson County to [UNKNOWN] tax. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. >> Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 1039 on it's third reading. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 88 having voted in the affirmative and 19 in the negative, House Bill 1039 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. House Bill 1056. The Clerk will read. >> Representative Zachary, house bill 1056, a bill to be entitled an act to modify the authorization for occupancy tax leveraged against the Yadkin County, General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Colombus Representative Warren rise? >> [INAUDIBLE] to be recorded as a yes on that last vote. >> The gentleman will be recorded as having voted aye on third reading, house bill 1039. The question before the House is the passage of House Bill 1056 on it's third reading. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] The following members wish to record. Robertson, Guilford. Graham, Harrison, Fisher, Reeves, Martin The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 94 having voted in the affirmative and 14 in the negative, House Bill 1056 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. Members, the Chair would also like to introduce our nurse of the day. Shaquita Peacock from Durham. Ms. Peacock, we're glad to have you with us today. Please join me in welcoming her. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Also a motion of the member of Gustin County Representative Tobbert, Bungardener and Hasting, the chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Dan, Donna and Billy Grant who are very active in the community in Gaston County, would you all please stand so that we could welcome you. >> [APPLAUSE] >> House Bill 1055, the clerk will read. >> Committee on Ethics house bill 1065, a bill to be entitled an act to make a revision to the state government's ethics act and the lobby laws, General Assembly of North Carolina enacts.

>> [SOUND] I ask members to please take conversations outside [INAUDIBLE] having difficulty hearing. For what purpose does the gentleman from Richmond Representative Goodman rise? >> To speak on the bill. >> The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. >> Ladies and gentlemen of the House we had a really good vote yesterday and I appreciate your support on third. Thank you. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Jackson rise? >> To send forth an amendment. >> The gentleman is recognized to send forth an amendment, the clerk will read. [BLANK_AUDIO] Representative Jackson moves to amend the bill on page one lines 12 to 18 by rewriting those lines to read. >> The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday I was one of the few people who voted against this bill and so I thought I would take a minute today to explain why and explain an amendment. Currently exists a policy where a family member is a public person and you are the daughter grand daughter aunt uncle, whatever and you go out and you buy your dad a fathers day meal you have to disclose it and understand that that's what this language is attempting to [INAUDIBLE] I know with a few example in this assembly of people whose children or parents or [INAUDIBLE] and it got a plus two and I looked it up and some people do a really good job and have to I mean there were notations on there for a $20 luncheon or a $25 vase and I'm sure that is not an easy accounting to take care of. However I see the ability for this to swing to having you report nothing to be a big loophole in our ethics laws. There is nothing that will prevent a large corporation who wanted to have influence on me for hiring my daughter who is a middle school math teacher and giving her a job paying her half a million dollars a year and she would have to report no gifts to me, none, under the current way this is being changed so we're changing it from [INAUDIBLE] anything more than ten dollars so taking me out for fathers day to she wouldn't have to report if she gave me $250,000 to buy a beach house and I just think that's wrong, okay. My daughter is a middle school math teacher. There is no reason why anybody would hire her to be a lobbyist unless they thought it was to win influence with me or fellow members. And so I think somewhere between full disclosure and no disclosure there's a sweet spot and I honestly don't know where that sweet spot is but for purposes of today I put $1000. Any gift over $1000 would have to be disclosed. I think that's high enough to not worry about father's day and Christmas presents but would require a disclosure of things that we really want people to know and so I'd ask for your support. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Nash, Representative Collins rise? >> To ask Representative Jackson a question. >> Does the gentleman from Wake yield to the gentleman from Nash? >> I do. >> He yields. >> Representative Jackson, almost every time you make an amendment I have to ask you questions to get better informed about the are legality of it. But I just wanna make sure, I'm not sure. Is this a one way provision? In other words, in Representative Hager's situation, could he give his daughter something worth more than $1000 without having to report it or does this work both ways? >> It would only be the lobbyist that had to report it. So yes, it would only Only work one way. >> Thank you. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Richmund/g representing the Goodman rise? >> To debate the man. >> The gentleman has the authority to debate the amendment. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think Representative Jackson's amendment is well intended but, I don't believe it really accomplishes anything. First off [UNKNOWN] are not part of an extended family under the definition of the law I've got it here, but if my daughter or daughter-in-law or lobbyist they often give family gifts, I know most people in here have probably given a family member a gift over a 1000 dollars. And all the things [INAUDIBLE] about that. This bill was studied by the Ethics Commission, members of the Ethics Committee in the House, in Staff, for a long time. And the bill is presented, we think is a good Bill the way it is. The amendment offered doesn't do anything but muddy the water. Is an $900 gift acceptable, than an $1,100 gift you have to report

so it creates some uncertainty in that way. So I would ask that you oppose the amendment. There was a lot of work done on the Bill. It's a good bill the way it is so I wanna ask that you please oppose the amendment. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> The gentleman from Wake, Representative Stam is recognized to debate the amendment. >> Mr. Speaker, members of the house, I would ask you not to agree to the amendment. It's not a catfish amendment, it won't ruin the bill if it passes but it's just not necessary. As Representative Goodman said, it just muddies the water, we're trying to clean things up, make them clear and there are a whole lot more ways that daughter in law can influence a father-in-law other than a $1000 gift. The relationship is there for all the world to know if that's done. >> Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the adoption of amendment 82 sent forth by Representative Jackson. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 44 having voted in the affirmative, 63 in the negative, the amendment fails. Further discussion, further debate on the bill? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 1055 on its third reading. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] The clerk will lock the machine and record the lot the machine has recorded the vote. 108 having voted in the affirmative won and the negative house bill 1055 passes as third reading will be sent to the senate. And court chair directs that House Bill 986 title is I- Excuse me. Is 85 be it a special registration plea be read to the committee of rules referred to the committee of transportation. [BLANK_AUDIO] Also direct that house bill 1055 be engrossed. Members our motion of the members from Almance, Representative Iredell, Representative Ross, the chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Julie Amons who is the District Director for Congressman Mark Walker and her son Jacob Amons. Would you all please stand so that we can welcome you. Thank you for being with us today. [APPLAUSE] >> [APPLAUSE] >> I'd ask the pagers to come forward please. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] Pages we've, I've heard good reports, I hope you've enjoyed yourselves, made some friends and had an opportunity to learn and observe government. Would ask my colleagues to please join me in thanking you for your services with this Pages. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Pages we hope you have a great summer and you are officially dismissed. Notices and announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Wilkes, Representative Elmore, rise? >> An announcement. >> The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. >> Education K-12 will meet in 15 minutes after we conclude here but there's been a room change because we were double booked. So it will be in room 544 of the LOB. [BLANK_AUDIO] For what purpose does the gentle man from Lake, Representative Hall arise. >> Point of personal privilege. >> The gentleman's recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. >> Mr. Speaker, since his sit may is not here today I get the honor of bringing attention to a former and current member who has quickly become one of my best friends here in the state. >> Just a moment Representative Hall. [SOUND] We are still in session. The gentleman has the floor. >> A member in this chamber today, he served in the 90's, his back again now. Although his done a lot of work in this chamber since the first time he was elected in the early 90s, he is still infamously remembered and known as the member who physically stood upon his desk in this chamber to make a point.

So that he does not have to do that again today, I hope you all will join me to stand up and wish to Representative Billy Richards a happy Birthday. >> [APPLAUSE] >> What purpose does the gentleman from Gaston, Representative Bum Gardener arise. >> Point of personal privilege. >> The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. The house will come to order. >> Thank you Mr. Speaker. Apparently my sit mate is going to flip over a new number pretty soon and he's having a birthday party today and I'd like to wish him a happy birthday along with everyone else and his birthday is actually tomorrow is that right? So happy birthday Representative Malone. >> [APPLAUSE] >> For what does the purpose of the gentleman from Merkenburg Representative Geed arise. >> Mr. Speaker, I'd like to change my vote to I on the Jackson amendment. Gentleman will be so recorded. What purpose from the gentleman from Person, representative Yarbur arise. >> To do the same thing. >> Gentleman will be recorded as voted I in the Jackson amendment. >> For what purpose does the Lady from Meckenburg Representative Connie arise? >> That ought to detained. >> Then you'll e recorded as voting I on the Jackson amendment. >> For what purpose does the gentle man from Merckenburg Representative Moore arise. >> For the same Mr. Speaker, aye on the Jackson amendment. >> The gentleman will be recorded as voting aye on the Jackson amendment. For what purpose does the gentleman from Catawba, Representative Setzer, rise? >> For what you can imagine to be my vote to be changed for aye on the Jackson amendment. >> The gentleman will be reflected as having voted aye on the Jackson amendment. [BLANK_AUDIO] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar, rise? To change my vote to aye on the Jackson amendment. >> The gentleman will be recorded as voting aye on the Jackson amendment. For what purpose does the gentleman from Transylvania Representative Whitmire rise? >> Same reverse please. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Mr. Speaker? >> For what purpose does the lady from Mecklenburg Representative Connie rise? >> Parliamentary inquiry of the chair. >> Th lady may state her inquiry. >> Have we reached that magic number where somebody's vote is not gonna count. >> We have not reached that point. >> Thank you. >> I was watching that cuz that's where the line gets drawn. For what purpose does the gentleman from Catawba, Representative Adams, rise? >> To change my vote on the amendment to yes. Just a moment, Mr.Speaker. [BLANK_AUDIO] Mr. Speaker, just a moment [BLANK_AUDIO] Chair needs to rule on the request first. [BLANK_AUDIO] i[BLANK_AUDIO] For what purpose now does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Michaux, rise? For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? >> A moment of personal privilege. >> The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. >> Not sure this is a point of personal privilege, Mr. Speaker, but certainly wanted to acknowledge the appreciation for adding the Democrats to the conference committee and hope that they'll bring great value. Thank you. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Pendleton, rise? >> Mr. Speaker, I would like to change my vote on the Jackson amendment to yes. >> The gentleman will be recorded as voting aye. Further notices and announcements? For what purpose does For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Lucas, rise? Mr. Speaker, I'd like to switch my vote in the Jackson amendment from no to yes. >> Just a moment. [BLANK_AUDIO]

[BLANK_AUDIO] I apologize for sticking to the rules. The gentleman's vote will have to remain where it is. The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis recognized for a motion. >> Mr. Speaker, subject to the rereferral of bills and Resolutions, the receipt of committee reports and receipt of messages from the Senate. I move for The House to do now adjourn, to reconvene Monday June 13th at 7 o'clock PM. >> Representative Lewis moves seconded by Representative Stam that the House do now adjourn and reconvene Monday June, 13th at 7 PM. Subject to receipt of messages from the Senate Committee Reports, Conference Reports, Re-referral Bills Resolutions and appointment of conferees. Those in favor will say aye. >> Aye. >> Those opposed no. The I's have it. We stand adjourned. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] Members while we're not in session, the Chair would like to point out that Representative Malone is having a birthday party right now. And it is in 425 at the LOB. And then afterwards Representative Bumgardener is taking folks to lunch at Solvens, his treat.