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Senate | June 9, 2014 | Chamber | Proceedings

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[0:00:00.0] Senate Bill come to orders, Sergeant Arms close the door as members will to their seats, members and the guests in the gallery please silence all the electronic devices. Leading the Senate and Prayers and Rep Peter Million and Senate Chaplin, all members and guests in the gallery please stand. Let’s pray together, Heavenly Father, as we come together tonight, we come to you for evening blessing to encourage our hearts, we ask you Jesus for the blessing of quietness for every troubled heart and for faith for all those who have faced exhausting tasks today. Lord we thank you for the life of Senator Harris Blake, we thank you for his dedication, his love and I think of that at the time where he loved on my family and I give you thanks for his life and for his ministry around the State. We pray that we would rest in you now and find in this evening hour the stillness that only you posses, we give you thanks for the challenges from today and for the new visions you have placed in our hearts. Grant us Father the peace and your fast love that resides in yourself, whatever as we sleep, help us to be blessing to others as you have blessed us. And I pray in Christ name, amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Burger has recognized for the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President the journal refers the June 5, 2014 has been examined and has found to be correct. And I know that we dispense with reading of the journal and that is stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator let’s come to order, let’s come to order. That objection that journal for June 5th, stands approved is written. Senator ___[02:10] absence today granted for Senator Barefoot and Blue, ____[02:14] and Stein, we do have a nurse today with us, we have nurse B.J Lee from Holly Springs, North Carolina. Nurse Lee please stands to be recognized, thank you for your service. [Applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Chairs happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Mr. Jim Womack, Lee County who chairs the Mining and Energy Commission. Mr. Womack please stand to be recognized and thank you for your service for our state. [Applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ratifications of bills clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The bill___[03:02], the clerk will place the following bill doing the ratification the presentation to the Governor. House Bill 230 in act to clarify provisions read to achieve Act and School performer’s grades and to expand a testing window for one year. [Pause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ___[03:33] right into calendar for today we only have one bill, it’s public bill third reading. Senate Bill 743, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 743-- North Carolina Economic Development Partnership Modifications. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any discussion or debate? The question for senate is passes over the committee substitute number two to the Senate Bill 743 on his third reading. All in favor vote aye, all oppose vote no, five seconds will be allowed for the voting, the Clerk will record the vote. 38 having voted affirmative and seven in the negative, committee substitute number two the Senate Bill 743 passes his third reading, it will be sent to the house. At this time we would like to Senator Apodaca what purpose you ask? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Motions… [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for motions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President and members, House Bill 712 clarify its witness compensation currently in the great Senate Rules Committee asked to be removed and referred committee on higher education. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Objections… [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 790 Maintain Cape Hatteras EMC Exempt Status currently committee on Commerce be removed from Commerce, we referred to finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The objections… [0:05:00.3] [End of file…]

Bill 189 Amend information provided to non-custodial parents, currently in J2 and a serial referral to the Healthcare committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The objection is ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And, Senate Bill 853, Business Court Modernization, currently in J1, asked to be removed from J1 and re-referred to the committee on Finance with a serial referral to J1. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The objections are ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank You, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] At this time, the Senators who would like to introduce our pages for the week, if you will make your way down here so we can introduce. You make your way in front of the chamber please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We lost a great man today. Our friend, many of you knew, Senator Blake. Some of you did not know him. But, I suppose if any one man who put their mark on the economic development of an area in the Pinehurst area in the Moore County area. It would be Senator Blake. Developed one of the early business parks and it’s going on strong today. I think he owned every office in there and his office was there. I was down last Monday, one week ago from the day to see my friend, my former seatmate here for several years and did not get to see him, he was not well but I left him a card, I hoped and prayed that he did see that before he passed away. But, if we could adjourn today in the memory of Senator Harris Blake, Mr. President I would think that would be fitting. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank You, Senator. Clerk will read the pages. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages served in the chamber this week, Natalie Ames from [Winterfield]; Mick and [Boleyn], Raleigh; Grant Buchanan, Wilson; Will Campbell, Mt. Airy; Robert Edward III, Charlotte; Amelia Fox, Greensboro; Andrew Getty, Chapel Hill; Alton [Gaton], Raleigh; Will [Hoffson], Durham; Shaun [Curch], Raleigh; ?? Logan, Durham; Hanna Lansford, Louisburg; Coley ??, Window; Erie Nicolson, Durham; Laura Paine, Lexington; Marika Samuelson, Salma; Mary Bell ??, Raleigh; Elisa Dalton Smith, Wilson; Will Song, Raleigh; Amanda Spence, Raleigh; Matthew Stevens, Cornelius; Alec [Straw], Aberdeen; [Cadelia Troublefield], Troy; [Sarah Wilma], Sanford; [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any further notices or announcements? Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank You, Mr. President. Colleagues, the J1 committee will be meeting tomorrow. I do want to draw your attention that we will begin at 9’o clock for those members of the J1 committee, not our normal time but at 9’o clock. We do plan to meet possibly until as late as 11’o clock. So, I encourage the members of that committee to please attend. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I rise to give an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members of the senate, please remember, 1’o clock tomorrow, Room 544 Senate Finance. We will have the agenda of this evening. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Republicans caucus will meet after the session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Daniel, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The senate J2 committee will meet tomorrow morning at 10 AM in the usual room. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar has been released. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any other notices or announcements? Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, a motion please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for your motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, Senate Bill 740 is currently in transportation committee. It’s DPS Study Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance asked to be removed from transportation and re-referred to Committee on Ag. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The objections are ordered. Any other notices or announcements? Any further business come for the senate? Now, the Chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor. Thank You, Mr. President. Members, Senator Tillman did.

...job talking about our dear friend, Senator Blake. But I feel compelled to share a story. It's one of the greatest things I've ever seen happen in the General Assembly—Jerry, you might remember it. We were in a Commerce Committee meeting, and a bill had been brought forth to take plastic bottles back to receive a deposit on it. And one of the first locations to be set up for that was a church in Granville County. And they said they would make it an official redemption center. Well Senator Blake, without batting an eye, said, “Well, isn't that what a church is anyway?” [Laughter from floor] So I thought that was perfect, and I think it's a great way to say goodbye to our friend. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Members, we're going to...the motion's going to be to adjourn to 9:30 in the morning, but we will not have any bills on the calendar at that time. We will not take up any business until 2:00. The purpose of opening at 9:30 will be to allow the flow of bills to move back and forth between committees, as we'll have a number of committee meetings tomorrow. With that, Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn in memory of Senator Harris Blake, subject to the receipt and re-referral of messages to the House and the Governor, the introduction, referral, and re-referral of bills and resolutions, the receipt and re-referral of committee reports, and the ratification of bills, to reconvene on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motions is that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Berger and in memory of Senator Harris Blake, to reconvene Tuesday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m., seconded by Senator Brock. All in favor, say “aye.” [“Aye” from floor] All opposed, say “no.” The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned.