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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NC General Assembly
03-23-2011 Legislative Calendar
Links to Bills and Live Audio Feeds

**4.31pm** Here is audio from the strange case of the repeated removal of SJR 256 from the calendar by NC Senator Tom Apodaca. 

Link to Download MP3


Commentary


I don't normally comment on the audio I record of these things. Here, I cannot help myself. In the above audio, NC Senator Tom Apodaca implies that the Republican caucus itself has problems with the bill. His (and/or their) method of dealing with it is to kill it by sending it to the rules committee. Under the 140 year rule of the democrats, this meant the bill that was sent their was dead for all intents and purposes. WTF? Does this mean that a significant number of my fellow Republicans have problems with this bill, and are too afraid to speak about it in the open? What gives here? I do not understand this at all. The bill's purpose is to right a wrong done to a Republican Governor who was impeached and removed from office by Democrats because he stood up to the Ku Klux Klan. The bill sponsors are seeking to right a wrong.


I cannot understand why Apodaca or the Republican Caucus is against this. If someone understands what is going on, please enlighten me. The Democrats played politics by getting rid of the Governor who stood up for blacks... in the face of violence from the KKK. I hate to think that my fellow Republicans are playing politics with their effort to right this wrong. Shame on them if they are.


Shame, shame, shame!


Here is the full text and history of the bill:


History

DateChamberAction
03/08/2011SenateFiled
03/09/2011SenatePassed 1st Reading
03/09/2011SenateRef To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate
03/21/2011SenateWithdrawn From Com
03/21/2011SenatePlaced On Cal For 3/22/2011
03/22/2011SenateWithdrawn From Cal
03/22/2011SenatePlaced On Cal For 3/23/2011
03/23/2011SenateWithdrawn From Cal
03/23/2011SenateRe-ref Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate


Bill Text

SJR 256 to Pardon NC Governor Holden


**4.29pm** Here is audio of todays session of the NC Senate: 

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**2.07pm** Here is the audio from the NC House elections Committee Meeting that took place today at 1pm:

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The new session of the North Carolina General Assembly is well underway and here is the very heavy schedule for today. Several committees are scheduled to meet today, as well as sessions of the NC Senate and the NC House. I have included links to bill histories, downloadable PDFs of the current versions of bills and links so that you can listen to the audio feed of these meetings live...provided they are taking place in a room that is wired for audio streaming to the Internet. 


If you cannot listen to these meetings live, check back later to see if I have. If I have, I'll post the audio (and a download link) for the meeting in the calendar. You can also follow what is happening in the NC General Assembly by keeping an eye on the hashtag #ncga on Twitter.

If I haven't been able to listen, please check with Voter Radio. You should already be subscribing to their podcasts anyway. I do. ʘ‿ʘ



**note** I have eliminated linking to a PDF of the current version of bills to save time when preparing the post every morning. The PDFs are available by clicking the bill number and downloading them from the NC General Assembly website.


8:30 AM AND 4:00 PM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety (Joint)
Please note that the committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
415 LOB
8:00 AM
Appropriations/Base Budget (Senate) [Live Audio]
State Health Plan/Appropriations and Transfer (S265)
643 LOB
8:30 AM
Finance (House) [Live Audio]
Level Playing Field/Local Gov't Competition. (H129)
544 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation (Joint)

1228/1327
8:30 AM
Appropriations on Department of Transportation (Senate)
Agenda: NC Railroad, Global Transpark
1228-1327 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Joint)

1425 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology (Senate)
Agenda: Dept. of Cultural Resources Budget Presentation
1425 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety (Senate)

415 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources (Joint)

423 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources (Senate)

423 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations on Health and Human Services (Senate) [Live Audio]
Agenda: Consolidation Options and Block Grants
643 LOB
8:45 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (Joint) [Live Audio]
Agenda - Consolidation Options and Block Grants
643 LOB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee A (House)
State Law to Provide for Acceptable ID's. (H33)
Update Archaic Disability Terms. (H249)
Various Clarifying Militia Law Amendments. (H250)
Devisee/Devise/Statutory Construction. (H251)
References to Military Orgs./Make Uniform. (H262)
1327 LB
10:00 AM
Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Science and Technology -- CORRECTED(House)
Prohibit Mobile Phone Use/Hands-Free Only. (H44)
1425 LB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee C (House)
Increase Family Court Fee. (H144)
Review DV Program Participation. (H176)
Req. DV Victim/List Prior Action Against Def. (H199)
Grandparents' Visitation Rights. (H239)
415 LOB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee B (House)
DHHS to Provide Law Enforcement Information. (H28)
Clarify Penalty Unauth. Practice of Medicine. (S31)
Increase Fine for Speeding/School Zones. (S49)
Unborn Victims of Violence Act/Ethen's Law. (H215)
Terrorism/State Offense. (H149)
Register of Deeds. (H312)
421 LOB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee B (House)
DHHS to Provide Law Enforcement Information. (H28)
Terrorism/State Offense. (H149)
Unborn Victims of Violence Act/Ethen's Law. (H215)
Register of Deeds. (H312)
Increase Fine for Speeding/School Zones. (S49)
421 LOB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee B (House)
Terrorism/State Offense. (H149)
Unborn Victims of Violence Act/Ethen's Law. (H215)
Register of Deeds. (H312)
Increase Fine for Speeding/School Zones. (S49)
421 LOB
10:00 AM
Insurance (Senate)
Insurance Amendments.-AB (S323)
1027 LB
10:00 AM
Education/Higher Education (Senate) [Live Audio]
Amend UNC Enrollment Funding Formula. (S255)
Extend Small Business Center Incubator Period. (S287)
Cooperative Innovative High School Programs. (S296)
Vance-Granville Comm. Coll. Bond Funds. (H22)
Agenda: Selection of State Board of Community Colleges Nominees
544 LOB
11:00 AM
House Select Committee on Tort Reform -- CORRECTED (House)
Present bill
425 LOB
11:00 AM
Transportation (Senate)
Selective Vegetation Removal/State Highways . (S183)
1027 LB
11:00 AM
Rep. McGrady/Press Conference [Live Audio]
Ref: Gov. Hunt - Smart Start
Press Room LB
12:00 PM
Rep. Dollar/Press Conference [Live Audio]
Ref: HB160
Press Room LB
12:00 NOON
Mental Health & Youth Services (Senate)
Add'l Section 1915 Medicaid Waiver Sites. (S316)
414 LOB
12:00 NOON
Public Utilities (House) [Live Audio]
Utilities Commission/Criminal Records Check. (H340)
643 LOB
1:00 PM
Elections -- CORRECTED (House) [Live Audio]
The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss HB 351 beginning with Sections 2 through 6 and returning to Section 1 if time permits.The Chair will not be accepting any motions on the Bill. The Committee will take no votes on the reporting of the Bill.
Restore Confidence in Government. (H351)
643 LOB
2:00 PM
Session Convenes (House) [Live Audio]

INTRODUCED BILLS
(Reminder: Members may electronically cosponsor these bills until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.)
HB 423 Hurley - ENACT FIRST EVALUATION PROGRAM.
HB 424 Barnhart, Ingle and Insko (Primary Sponsors) - ADDITIONAL SECTION 1915 MEDICAID WAIVER SITES.
HB 425 Barnhart - MEDICAID BILLING BY LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.
HB 426 Jeffus, Harrison, Adams and McElraft (Primary Sponsors) - CHAMBERLIN'S LAW.
HB 427 Faircloth, Folwell, H. Warren and Shepard (Primary Sponsors) - RUN AND YOU'RE DONE.
HB 428 Faircloth - HIRING OF STATE HIGHWAY PATROL COMMANDER.
HB 429 Insko, Rapp and Keever (Primary Sponsors) - ESTABLISH MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICE ACT.
HB 430 Cleveland - REPEAL BILINGUAL BALLOT INSTRUCTION STATUTE.
HB 431 Cleveland - REPEAL SENATE BILL 3 OF THE 2007 SESSION.
HB 432 LaRoque, Bell, Dixon and West (Primary Sponsors) - SWINE IN TRANSPORT/REGULATE FERAL SWINE.

PUBLIC BILLS - THIRD READING - NON - ROLL CALL
HB 270 Committee Substitute - Guice, Horn, Ingle and Faircloth (Primary Sponsors) -
AMEND CONDITIONS OF PROBATION. (Judiciary/B) (2nd Edition)

SECOND AND THIRD READINGS
HB 331 Committee Substitute - Hollo, Brubaker, Dollar and Justice (Primary Sponsors) -
ALLOW PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO SIGN 
DEATH CERTIFICATIONS. (Health and Human Services) (2nd Edition)
HB 334 Insko, Bell, Harrison and LaRoque (Primary Sponsors) - REPORT ON FITNESS 
TESTING IN SCHOOLS. (Education) (1st Edition)(2)
HB 407 Committee Substitute - T. Moore and LaRoque (Primary Sponsors) - MODIFY ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE HELMET USE REQUIREMENTS. (Transportation) (2nd Edition)
SB 20 Committee Substitute - Tillman and Clodfelter (Primary Sponsors) - AMEND LAW 
REGULATING PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS. (Education) (2nd Edition)
House
3:00 PM
Session Convenes (Senate) [Live Audio]

BILL INTRODUCTIONS
SB 390 Vaughan Robinson UNCG/A & T/NANOSCIENCE/NANOENGINEERING FUNDS.
SB 391 Brunstetter SPA/REPEAL RIF PRIORITY CONSIDERATION.
SB 392 Jenkins SPECIAL PLATES FOR RETIRED LEGISLATORS.
SB 393 Atwater FELONY DEATH BY VEHICLE/PENALTY INCREASE.
SB 394 Newton Tillman Preston CLARIFY PROCESS/REPORTABLE OFFENSES IN SCH.
SB 395 Goolsby PROPERTY INSURANCE RATE REVIEW BOARD.
SB 396 Gunn REPAY CIVIL PENALTY FUNDS TO SCHOOLS.
SB 397 D. Berger McKissick Daniel EXPUNGE NONVIOLENT OFFENSE BY MINOR.
SB 398 Goolsby Clodfelter Brunstetter PERPETUITIES & TRUSTS/AMEND CONSTITUTION.
SB 399 Clary MINORITY APPEAL FROM COUNTY BD ELECTIONS.
SB 400 Purcell REPORT ON FITNESS TESTING IN SCHOOLS.

LOCAL BILLS- SECOND READING
SB 120 Preston 2nd Ed. NEW BERN CHARTER AMENDMENTS. Com Sub
2/24 St. and Loc. Gov. 3/22 Unfav bill; St. and Loc. Gov. Com Sub Adopted (Chgs title)
SB 145 White SOUTHERN SHORES CANAL DREDGING/MAINTENANCE.
2/28 St. and Loc. Gov., if Fav Finance 3/8 Fav; rerefer Finance 3/22 Fav
SB 177 (Id H 192) Robinson GREENSBORO RENTAL PROPERTY UTILITY LIENS.
3/3 St. and Loc. Gov. 3/22 Fav
SB 288 Preston ATLANTIC BEACH/BEAUFORT/PARKING.
3/10 St. and Loc. Gov. 3/22 Fav

PUBLIC BILLS - SECOND READING
SB 91 (Id H 91) Hartsell 3rd Ed. REPEAL E-NC SUNSET. Com Sub No. 2
2/22 Commerce 3/15 Unfav bill; Commerce Com Sub Adopted (Chgs title); rerefer Finance
3/22 Unfav Com Sub; Finance Com Sub No. 2 Adopted EXTEND E-NC SUNSET.
SB 105 Jones, Rouzer, Newton INCREASE PENALTY/2ND DEGREE MURDER.
2/23 Judiciary II 3/22 Fav
SB 107 Brunstetter, Garrou 2nd Ed. TAX OF IMPROVED PROP. IN ROADWAY CORRIDORS. Com Sub
2/23 Finance 3/22 Unfav bill; Finance Com Sub Adopted
SB 137 (Id H 120) Stevens, Vaughan 2nd Ed. ESTABLISH FORGIVABLE LOAN FUND.
2/28 Ed/Higher Ed.; if Fav Finance 3/16 Fav; rerefer Finance 3/22 Fav, as amended;
Comm Amd. No. 1 Adopted; Engrossed
SJR 256 Hunt PARDON GOVERNOR HOLDEN.
3/9 Rules 3/21 W/D Rules; Cal 3/22 3/22 W/D Cal; Cal 3/23
SB 275 (Id H 286) Jenkins OFFICIAL HERRING FESTIVAL.
3/10 St. and Loc. Gov. 3/22 Fav
SB 368 Tucker, Rouzer 2nd Ed. MODIFY PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL REQUIREMENTS. Com Sub
3/21 Ag./Envir./Nat Res. 3/22 Unfav bill; Ag./Envir./Nat Res. Com Sub Adopted
HB 27 (Id S 40) Glazier, Stam, Michaux, Jackson 4th Ed. FORENSIC SCIENCES ACT. Sen Com Sub
2/17 Judiciary I 3/21 Unfav Com Sub; Sen Judiciary I Com Sub Adopted 3/22 W/D Cal; Cal 3/23
HB 29 (Id S 66) T. Moore, Cleveland, Faircloth, Iler 3rd Ed. RETRIEVAL OF BIG GAME. Com Sub
2/28 Ag./Envir./Nat Res. 3/22 Fav
HB 62 (Id S 64) Guice, Bradley, Frye PROHIBIT BOYLSTON CREEK RECLASSIFICATION.
3/2 Ag./Envir./Nat Res. 3/22 Fav
Senate
4:00 PM
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Joint)

1425 LB
4:00 PM
Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology (Senate)
Agenda: Office of State Budget & Management Budget Presentation
1425 LB
4:00 PM
Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety (Senate)

415 LOB






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