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Senate | June 4, 2014 | Chamber | Senate Session

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Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let’s pray together. Lord, we come before you tonight and we give you thanks for fresh mercy, for rain, for meetings that have gone well, for meetings that have gone poorly, and as we look to the summer as it begins, we thank you for the gentleness of rain because it’s going to be our best ally. Thank you for carrying us through this day with that gentle reminder of rain. Thanks for moments like this where we can pray, we can breathe, where we can relax and be. A moment to have a conversation maybe about basketball; a moment a moment to talk about graduations, talk about school. It’s good to know that you’re moving even in these small conversations, Lord. I pray you’d bless those conversations, I pray you’d bless this evening, bless these Senators as they serve their constituents around this great state of North Carolina. As in your name we pray, amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger’s recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Saturday May 31st 2014 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 from May 31st stands approved as written. Today we have leaves of absence granted for Senators Apodaca, Meredith and Jenkins. So as we do have a nurse today with us, our nurse is Elizabeth Elliot from Sanford, North Carolina. Nurse Elliot, please stand and be recognized. Thanks for your service to the Senate. Reports of standing committees. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Gunn, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forth your committee report. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Gunn for the Commerce Committee submits for passage Senate Bill 743, unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill, titled An Act to Facilitate Economic Development within the State. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 743, calendar. Senator Soucek, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth committee reports. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forth your reports. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Soucek for Education and Higher Education Committee submits for passage Senate Bill 812, unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill, titled An Act to Ensure the Privacy and Security of Student Education Records. Senate Bill 815, unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill, titled An Act to Ensure the Privacy and Security of Student Educational Records as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 812, appropriations-based budgets. Senate Bill 815 J1. Senators, upon the motion of Senator Ron Rabin of Harnett County, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Michelle Haller from Johnston County. She’s representing the Johnston County GOP and she’s also the mother of our page Carolina Haller this week, who has also been named Miss Clayton High School. Michelle, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joining us today. At this time Senators, we’d like to introduce our pages for the week. If we could have the pages come forward to the front of the dais here so…

...we can recognize you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages serving in the Chamber this week: Thomas Barr, Toca Wendy, Charles Borden, Raleigh; Lance Coffee, Boone; Ada Edwin One, Raleigh; Caroline Heller, Clayton; Ariel Harris, Weldon; Elizabeth Hutchins, Charlotte; Jefferson Keefer, Conover; Victor Kieger, State Road; Angelique Knight, Fayetteville; Alex McGray, Greensboro; Erin McKinney, Marion; Jasmine McNeil, Raleigh; Cameron McNeil, Greensboro; Kanna Mendonhall, Franklinton; Gabrielle Knutter, Oxford; Kashawn Roady, Greensboro; Patrick Sugg, Willington; John Hayden Sylvester, Richmond; Raven Waters, Miac; Gerald Wilder, Raleigh; Nick Williams, Albertson; Mary Scott Wilson, Raleigh. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages, we thank you for serving the Senate this week and we know that tomorrow is your last day, but we thank you for your service and hope we'll see you back here soon. [applause] Senator Berger, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, some motions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 204, 21st Senatorial District Local Act 1, I move that that bill be removed from rules and referred to the Finance Committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Another motion. Senate Bill 743, North Carolina Economic Development Partnership Modifications. I move that we add a serial referral on that bill to the Appropriations Committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And a final motion, Mr. President. House Bill 618, Amend Firearm Restoration Law. Move that bill be removed from the Rules Committee and re-referred to J2. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No objection, so ordered. Do we have any notices or announcements this week? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Randleman, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forward a Senatorial Statement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forward your statement. Senator Randleman, you're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. This Senatorial Statement recognizes the Honor Guard unit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1142. The Blue Ridge Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1142, Honor Guard was organized in April of 1997 to perform military funeral rites for deceased veterans in Wilkes County and surrounding counties. All members of the Honor Guard provide their services on a volunteer basis and at all times perform funeral rites at multiple services on the same day. Which include firing traditional 3-volley salute, playing tapes and presenting the American flag to the deceased veterans surviving spouse or family member. On July the 8th, 2013, the Honor Guard performed military funeral rites for veteran World War II veteran, James Ralph Pendry, completing its 1,000th funeral service. We are honored today to have 10 members of the VFW Honor Guard, Post 1142, with us. These men have served their country and they continue to serve their community. I rise today to express my appreciation to the members of the Blue Ridge Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1142 Honor Guard. Mr. President, I ask that the words of the Senatorial Statement be spread across the pages of The Journal. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator, and upon the motion of Senator Randleman of Wilkes County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to VFW Post 1142. Post Commander Pat McNeil, Honor Guard Commander Claude Sturgill and Honor Guard members, Ward Eller, Donald Coleman, Rex Eldreth, Chester Caudhill, Jim Bare, David Elmore, Gregory Joines and Larry Reavis. Please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joining us today in the Senate. [applause] Do we have any other notices or announce...

... announcements. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brock, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for your announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Tomorrow members of the Ag. and Environment and also any other interested members, tomorrow at 9:30 in room 643, Secretary Scevola of ?? will present the Governor’s coal ash plan. So tomorrow at 9:30 in room 643, we’ll have a meeting to go over the Governor’s coal ash plan. [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] Tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock, appropriations-based budget will have a meeting in room 643. Still working on the agenda, so kind of be looking at your emails. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further notices or announcements? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Gunn, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Just wanted to let everybody know that you should have received that there will be, it’s called a joint meeting of commerce, tomorrow at 10 o’clock in room 544, but it really is for every senatorial and house member. Next week, beginning Monday for two straight weeks, something historic is going to happen in the quaint village of Pinehurst. The US Open is going to be held, both the men’s and women’s, back-to-back. This is the first time in the history of the USGA that this has been tried. It should be a great economic boon. It’s going to be a great tourism boon. The state of North Carolina has worked tirelessly to pull this off, Pinehurst community and that area has, so what we’re going to do tomorrow in celebration of such a great sport – a sport that has brought over 2.3 billion dollars worth of economic impact annually, 4.2 and a multiplier in hires, over 53 thousand individuals – we’re going to have a small celebration tomorrow to talk about the golf industry. And what we’re going to do, and I’m really going to encourage you strongly to attend, we’re going to talk about – have the golf course superintendents talk about – the economic impact. We’re going to have the North Carolina Course Owners Association talk about a little bit of the historical perspective of this great game and what it has done in North Carolina. We also will have Pinehurst CVB will tell us a little bit about the background and what has gone into leading up to what I promise you will be a spectacular event over the next two weeks, and I think you’ll find that perspective very interesting, and then a small closing comments from the Division of Travel and Tourism on sports in general in North Carolina and particularly as it relates to golf. So I do encourager you tomorrow to come join us. This is a great game and a great state, and I think their support by this membership, to come celebrate such a great couple week would be very much appreciated. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Any further 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, Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the receipt and re-referral of messages from the House and the Governor, referral and re-referral of bills and resolutions and the receipt and re-referral of committee reports, to reconvene of Thursday June 5th 2014 at 11 am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Berger, to reconvene Thursday June 5th at 11 am, seconded by Senator Daniel. All in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned.