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House | February 24, 2015 | Chamber | House Session

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The House will come to order. Members are asked to take their seats. Visitors will retire from the chamber. The Sergeant-at-arms will close the doors. Members and visitors are asked to please silence all electronic devices. Today's prayer will be offered by Representative Goodman. I would ask the members to please stand and visitors in the gallery to please stand, and also to remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Let us pray. Dear Lord, we gather here today intent on doing good work. We seek to represent fairly and well those who have given us this task. May our efforts be blessed with insight, guided by understanding and wisdom. We seek to serve with respect for all. May our personal faith give us the strength to act honestly and well in all manners before us. Lord, we also ask on this winter day that you keep those who must travel safe from the hazards created due to the snow and ice. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES]The pledge. [SPEAKER CHANGES]We 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. [SPEAKER CHANGES]The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Mr. Speaker, the journal for February 23rd has been examined and found to be correct. I move that it be approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Lewis moves that the journal for February 23rd be approved as written. Those in favor will say Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Opposed, no. The Ayes have it and the journal is approved as written. Members are nurse of the day who made it here somehow in this weather is Tom Bush from Hillsboro. Mr. Bush, we're glad to have you here with us today. Members and those guests who are wondering why we started a little late, we continue to monitor the weather, and it's my understanding that this round of snow and weather we've had today is the first round, and that a worse round will actually be here on Wednesday evening, Wednesday afternoon. What we've done is consulted both with members of the minority party, members of the majority party, and what I've sensed is the consensus that we're gonna take up one bill today, and we'll get to that in a few minutes, that Senate bill 14 will be rolled over to be dealt with next week, and this will probably be the only day of any kind of session. You can see how many empty chairs we have today, and it's expected that Thursday we wouldn't be able to get anything done. The roads are gonna be pretty bad. As far as tomorrow, the dilemma is that in the morning it's going to be frozen. They're telling everybody stay off the roads in the morning. That's when the committees would meet, and if we wade into the afternoon then folks'll be stuck driving to other parts of the state in the evening. So we just can't catch a break on this one, I'm afraid. So just for your planning purposes, this will be the only day of official business in session. Introductions of bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House bill 97, Representatives Dollar, L. Johnson, McGrady, and Lambeth, 2015 Appropriations Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Bill is referred to the Committee on Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House bill 98, Representative Dollar, Appropriations 2015. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House bill 99, Representative Brody, Town of Pockton Deannexation. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Local government. If favorable, Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House bill 100, Representative Cleveland, Record of Exclusions of Jury Duty. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Judiciary Two. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House bill 101, Representative McGrady, Appropriations 2015. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Appropriations. Messages from the Senate. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Senate bill 15, Committee Substitute. A bill to be entitled An Act to Make Changes to the Unemployment Insurance Laws. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House. Members, on behalf of Representative Bradford of Mecklenburg County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the Gallery to Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis. Mayor Travis, thank you for being here today. House bill 65, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representatives Elmore, Stevens, and Zachary, House bill 65, An Act to Establish a Season for Trapping Foxes, Welsh County.

For what purpose does the gentleman from Wilkes, Representative Elmore, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak about the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sorry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This bill will just put our regulations in Wilkes County more in line with the surrounding counties, and I appreciate your support on the bill. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion? Further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House bill 65 on its second reading. Somebody favoring passage of the bill will say Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say No. The Ayes appear to have it. The Ayes do have it. House bill 65 passes its second reading and will, without objection, be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? General Assembly and Acts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion? Further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House bill 65 on its third reading. Somebody favoring passage of the bill will say Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say No. The Ayes have it. House bill 65 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. Gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move that Senate bill 14 be removed from today's calendar and re-calendar for Tuesday, March 3. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection? So ordered. I would ask the pages to come down front, please. Members, while the pages are coming, I would remind members that tomorrow is the bill filing deadline for bills recommended by study committees. That's the first deadline to fall. I think the next one is not until March 18. But again tomorrow. Excuse me, it's to, yes, that is the bill filing deadline for tomorrow. So if you have a bill that you're working on from a study committee, please make sure that is filed by tomorrow. Pages, the clerk is going to call your name, and when he does if you would please step forward so we'll know who you are. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Cassidy Davis. David Gries. Clay Griffith. Erin Kennedy. Hope Kim. Harrison McNeil. Drew Wrexel. Luke Smith. Mark van Ripper. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages, just want to welcome you here. This is, as you can see, the weather hasn't exactly cooperated with us this week, and we actually had a few bills you would've been able to see get voted upon, but due to the weather, this will be our only day of session. But I do want to thank you for your brief visit, and I hope you enjoy the time you are here, and I would ask the members to join me and thank you all for your services. You all may return to your stations. House will be ?? just a moment. Notices and Announcements. And the chair would pose a question. The chair intends that the skeleton session that we have this week be on Friday. That's in consultation with the clerk's office. That would allow us then to not have, of course, to be back until, be back Monday night. The rules require or state that we do not have session on Friday. So my question is, is there any, and it will be a skeleton session on Friday. The reason we are choosing Friday is because Thursday, by all accounts, is supposed to be pretty nasty, and we don't want the clerk's office having to be here. Will there by any objection to the House being in session on Friday? Hearing none, that'll be ordered. Notices and Announcements? For what purpose does the gentleman from Union, Representative Brody, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I believe we, the Committee on Education, Community College, has sent out a notice for a meeting on Thursday, and obviously that will be cancelled. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You can still meet if you'd like, Representative Brody. [SPEAKER CHANGES] [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Scotland, Representative Pierce, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To ask a question, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] 7:00 Monday night, are you coming early Monday? Are we coming early? [SPEAKER CHANGES] We'll advise the body later whether there'll be a need for any session Monday. There's a possibility of a committee meeting late Monday afternoon, but it is a remote possibility at this point. We'll keep the members informed. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements? Seeing none, the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, is recognized

for motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr.Speaker. Mr.Speaker I move that the house adjourn to reconvene Friday February 27th at noon. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And that motion is subject to the introduction of bills and resolutions is that correct? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That was my intent Mr.Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves seconded by Representative West that the house adjourn to reconvene on Friday February 27th at 12 noon. All in favor of the motion say aye. All opposed no. The ayes have it the house stands adjourned.