Legislation

  • August 25, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC — Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 42 into law today. This legislation ensures the Division of Employment Security (DES) is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The legislation has also made certain that DES is statutorily prohibited from selling and releasing confidential appeals hearing notices.

     

     

    “The passage of this bill ensures that DES is able to fully protect its employers’ and claimants’ confidential information,” said Governor McCrory. “I’d like to thank DES Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dale Folwell for his leadership on the issue and commend the strong team he has put together.”

     

    Earlier this year, DES decided to change a decade-old practice of providing daily copies of appeals hearing notices, which included sensitive claimant and employer information and reasons why the person is no longer employed.  In response, one of the attorneys obtained a temporary restraining order and sued DES which resulted in a Preliminary Injunction in Superior Court prohibiting DES from discontinuing the practice. In several letters, USDOL demanded DES cease sending out these notices.

     

    Primary sponsors for Senate Bill 42 were Senators Warren Daniel, Jerry Tillman and Tommy Tucker.

     

  • August 11, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory signed the last bill on his desk today. The bill is House Bill 1133, a technical corrections bill. The bill's sponsor was Rep. Tim Moore.

     

  • August 8, 2014 • Legislation

     

    Raleigh, NC– Following the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder today that allowed North Carolina’s popular Voter ID law to go forward as planned, Bob Stephens, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor McCrory, issued the following statement:

     

    “This is a victory for North Carolina’s popular law that requires identification to vote,” said Stephens. “North Carolina is joining a majority of states in common sense protections that preserve the sanctity of the voting booth. Today’s ruling is just more evidence that this law is constitutional – as we have said from the very onset of this process,” Stephens continued.

     

  • August 7, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC– Governor Pat McCrory signed 14 bills into law yesterday:

    • S.B. 793  (Sens. Tillman and Cook) - A bill making various changes to the charter school laws, as well as a technical correction to House Bill 712.
    • S.B. 376  (Sen. Bingham) - A bill allowing Montgomery County employees and the dependents of employees to participate in the State Health plan for teachers and state employees.
    • S.B. 773  (Sen. Hartsell) - A bill implementing the recommendations of the General Statutes Commission to modify the Slayer Statute due to the need to account for property held in a joint tenancy in unequal shares, and more.
    • S.B. 163  (Sens. Jackson, Cook and Rabin) - A bill designating reclaimed water as a source water under certain conditions.
    • S.B. 193  (Sen. Hartsell) - A bill modifying P3 ethics reporting requirement in S.L. 2014-18.
    • S.B. 403  (Sen. Bingham) - A bill amending and clarifying various provisions of the election laws.
    • S.B. 648  (Sens. Jackson, Meredith and Davis) - A bill creating transparency in contracts between the Attorney General and private attorneys, to prevent the abuse of patents and more.
    • S.B. 853  (Sens. Rucho and Barringer) - A bill modernizing the business court by making technical, clarifying and administrative changes to the procedures for complex business cases, and more.
    • H.B. 1048  (Rep. Hastings) - A bill amending the selection criteria for adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, and more.
    • H.B. 884  (Reps. Jeter, R. Moore, Blackwell and Cotham) - A bill providing for a dropout prevention and recovery pilot program with a charter school and requiring the State Board of Education to report on utilization of personnel contracts.
    • H.B. 1194  (Reps. Collins and S. Ross) - A bill making changes to administration of the state retirement systems.
    • H.B. 1145  (Reps. Shepard,  R. Brown and Millis) - A bill requiring mopeds to be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    • H.B. 366  (Reps. Langdon, Dixon, Brisson and S. Martin) - A bill maintaining the confidentiality of environmental investigations for agricultural operations and directing the Department of Environment & Natural Resources to adopt rules for a formal complaint procedure, and more.
    • H.B. 272 (Reps. Stam, Jackson and  Bryan) - A bill making various changes to laws affecting the Department of Transportation and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

    The governor signed the 2014-15 state budget into law this morning.

  • August 7, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC–Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after signing charter school legislation into law. 

     

    “I signed two charter school bills (Senate Bill 793 and House Bill 884), that will help to ensure that our state’s public charter schools are held to the highest standards of transparency, ethics and student performance,” said Governor McCrory. “I am pleased the Legislature responded to my concerns and required full transparency for the names and salaries of all charter school teachers and employees. 

     

    "I have also asked Chairman Bill Cobey and members of our State Board of Education to ensure that contracts with private entities also provide transparency on salaries and other personnel information," added Governor McCrory. "Consistent with the State Board of Education's authority to oversee the successful operations of public charter schools, Chairman Cobey has assured me that he will direct agency staff to collect information from charter schools, including all financial and personnel records, necessary to achieve that goal.” 

     

    The new laws also require the State Board of Education and the Charter Schools Advisory Board to report to the General Assembly on the utilization of contracts for personnel services by local boards of education and charter school boards of directors. The report shall indicate  the purposes and the extent of such contracts prevalent in each local school administrative district and charter schools statewide.

     

    The legislation also launches an inventive charter school dropout prevention and recovery program as well as ensures charter school students are held to high academic standards. 

     

    “These laws are what charter school reform is all about; creating innovative options for some of North Carolina’s highest-need students," Governor McCrory said. “I believe strongly in a thriving charter school movement for North Carolina.” 

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