Legislation

  • July 22, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation this morning that protects health care personnel who work with or near hazardous materials and antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy drugs) from disease and injury caused by exposure. House Bill 644 requires the North Carolina Department of Labor, by January 1, 2016, to develop and enforce regulations that conform to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommendations. Primary sponsors for the bill were Representatives Tom Murry, Becky Carney and the late Dr. Jim Fulghum.

     

    "This legislation will provide needed protections to our health care professionals," said Governor McCrory. "It is fitting that this was sponsored by the late Rep. Fulghum. As a medical doctor, this bill furthers his legacy of caring about the personal safety of others."

     

    The governor's office plans to deliver a pen used to sign this legislation to Rep. Fulghum's widow, Mary Susan Fulghum.

     

    Governor McCrory also signed today:

    • Senate Bill 812 (Sens. Soucek and Tillman)– A bill that ensures educational standards are robust, appropriate and enables students to succeed academically and professionally by reviewing Common Core standards. The governor previously stated his support, saying “It (the legislation)  does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students."
    • Senate Bill 614 (Sen. Brown)– A bill which grants the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission greater flexibility to advocate for military missions, installations and infrastructure within the state by protecting sensitive documents regarding Base Closure and Realignment until decisions are made at the federal government level. This bill also gives the State Construction Office, within the Department of Administration, authority to oversee certain development surrounding military lands for the protection of our military infrastructure.
    • Senate Bill 105 (Sen. Tillman)– A bill that authorizes the towns of Elizabethtown and Matthews to enroll its employees and dependents in the State Health Plan for teachers and state employees.

    Senate Bill 794 (Sen. Brown)– This bill directs the Industrial Commission to adopt various workers' compensation rules, and provides uniform statewide guidelines for the computation of retroactive child support obligations.

  • July 15, 2014 • Education, • Healthcare, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on budget meetings with House and Senate leadership:

     

    "Earlier today we had positive dialogue with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis during a meeting at the Executive Mansion. However, we continue to have objections concerning the elimination of thousands of teacher assistants as well as cuts to core state services, including programs for the elderly, disabled and Alzheimer's patients.

     

    "During our luncheon, we presented the option to allow local school districts flexibility to provide teacher raises and fund teacher assistants. We're encouraged that both Speaker Tillis and Senate Education Chairman Jerry Tillman publicly indicated their willingness to consider this proposal. We look forward to further dialogue with the House and Senate."

  • July 10, 2014 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations over providing much needed raises to North Carolina teachers:

     

    “This morning, I received a call from Speaker Tillis and they have moved to a 6 percent raise. In an effort to come to a resolution, but with some concerns, I have agreed to accept that position. I've moved from a 3 percent raise to a 6 percent raise for teachers.

     

    “We have a plan that doesn't raise taxes, provides meaningful raises for teachers without cutting thousands of teacher assistants and avoids ending critical services to the blind, elderly, disabled and those with Alzheimer's disease.

     

    “This is a long-term, sustainable and affordable plan in which I stand with our teachers, our students, our principals, our superintendents, business leaders, House Democrats and House Republicans. The Senate is currently standing by themselves with no visible support outside of the Beltline of our state capital.

     

    “I will veto the latest Senate plan or any plan that resembles it because I know of no financial way we can go beyond the House proposal without eliminating thousands of teacher assistants, cutting Medicaid recipients and putting at risk future core state services.

     

    "I’m committed to clearing my calendar next week to meet with any Senate or House member – both Republicans and Democrats - to personally communicate my resolve and to communicate to teachers who are waiting in limbo as the school year approaches."

     

     

    Governor McCrory was joined by Speaker Tillis, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey, school superintendents, teachers and students at a press conference on June, 25, signaling broad support for an education budget that does not cut teacher assistants or needed Medicaid services.

  • McCrory: This law gives them the opportunity to turn that training and experience into certifications and college credits that will help them get good paying jobs in the civilian world

    July 10, 2014 • Legislation, • Military and Veterans Affairs

    Raleigh, N.C. – Active duty members, veterans and military spouses can have selected military training and past experience converted into college credit and/or professional licenses in North Carolina under legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat McCrory.

     

     

    “Service members and veterans receive some of the best training in the world. This law gives them the opportunity to turn that training and experience into certifications and college credits that will help them get good-paying jobs in the civilian world,” said Governor McCrory, who signed the bill into law at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. “This law will also provide North Carolina employers with well-disciplined and high-skilled workers who know a thing or two about how to get a job done and done well.”

     

    SB 761, which received strong bipartisan support and not one “no” vote in either the House or the Senate, instructs the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Community College systems to develop programs that will convert military training into college credits and the state’s licensure boards into professional certifications and licenses. Already, a few programs have been developed to convert military training.

    They include:

    • Commercial Driver’s License for truck drivers
    • Information Technology Specialists’ Certification
    • ASE Certification for Vehicle Mechanics
    • Conversion programs for military trained law enforcement officers and paramedics are expected to be announced soon. 

     

    This new law also instructs the UNC and NC Community College systems as well as the state’s licensure boards to work with the military to develop programs to fill any knowledge or skills gaps between military occupational training and civilian license requirements. The law applies to active military, military spouses and veterans. 

     

    “This bill is a win-win,” said Senator Ron Rabin. “It enriches our workforce, which attracts businesses to come into the state, while also helping the economy. Conservatives in the General Assembly have been trying to make the economy better in the state, and this bill aims to do just that. It also helps military personnel by creating an environment of appreciation. This is a military-friendly and economy-oriented bill.”

     

    Governor McCrory was joined by Senators Rabin, Pate, Clark and Daniel, Representative Whitmire, Major General Greg Lusk, Military Advisor Cornell Wilson, Veterans Affairs Director Ilario Pantano and members of the North Carolina National Guard at the Joint Force Headquarters for today’s bill signing.

  • July 7, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill this afternoon that authorizes approximately $376 million of improvements that will directly benefit students at six University of North Carolina (UNC) institutions. Funds to pay for these projects will come from various fees, receipts, grants and fund raising income and not from tuition or taxpayer monies appropriated by the General Assembly.

    The capital projects in the bill the governor signed today are East Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill North Carolina State, UNC-Asheville, Western Carolina, and UNC-Charlotte.

    “These building projects will improve learning and living conditions for our students," Governor McCrory said. “Additionally, they will help create new jobs for North Carolina construction and architectural firms.”

    At East Carolina, $156 million will be spent improving the Student Union building, the Health Sciences Campus Student Services Building and constructing a new parking structure.

    At UNC-Charlotte, $129 million will be spent building a new residence hall, renovating four residence halls and building various infrastructure ranging from roads to wireless connectivity.

    Reynolds Coliseum at NC State will get a $35 million facelift. Approximately $32 million in upgrades will be made at the Manning Drive Chilled Water Plant at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Brown Building at Western Carolina will be renovated and enlarged at a cost of $22.5 million and approximately $1 million will be invested in improvements at the Student recreation Center and the Karl Straus Track Building and UNC-Asheville.

    House Bill 1182 was sponsored by Reps. Bill Brawley, Nathan Ramsey, Brian Brown and Rodney Moore.

    Governor McCrory also signed today:

    • House Bill 330 (Reps. Bryan and Stam)– A bill amending the North Carolina planned community act regarding the transfer of special declarant rights.
    • House Bill 1025 (Rep. Torbett)– A bill making various DMV modifications. 
    • House Bill 1052 (Rep. Hager)– A bill adjusting the utility regulatory fee.
    • House Bill 1117 (Rep. Blust)– A bill conforming the law governing the pledge of joint accounts in credit unions, savings and loan associations and savings banks to the law governing the pledge of joint accounts in banks.
    • House Bill 267 (Reps. Collins, Torbett, Floyd and Wray)– A bill amending laws governing captive insurance companies and risk retention groups.
    • House Bill 379 (Rep. Langdon)– A bill authorizing the North Carolina veterinary medical board to amend the board's laws pertaining to licensure fees and license reinstatement.
    • House Bill 1139 (Rep. Samuelson)– A bill dedicating and accepting certain properties as part of the state nature and historic preserve, and removing certain lands from the state nature and historic preserve.
    • House Bill 1034 (Reps. Howard, Moffitt and Lucas)– A bill amending the laws related to volunteer fire and rescue finances.

  • July 3, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – A rare treatment that includes cannabidiol oil from hemp plants to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, which is particularly prevalent in children, will now be available in clinical trials in North Carolina thanks to legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat McCrory.

     

    “For some children, this treatment is the only relief they can get from debilitating seizures,” said Governor McCrory. “Additionally, provisions in this law will lead to clinical research at our universities that could help in the development of new and more widely accessible therapies.”

     

    Haley Ward, age 5, was among the child patients in attendance at the signing of House Bill 1220. She was the namesake for the “Hope 4 Haley and Friends” legislation as it went through the General Assembly. Also in attendance were Representatives Marilyn Avila, Pat McElraft and Becky Carney, who along with Representative Dr. Jim Fulghum (who was not in attendance), were the primary sponsors of the legislation.

     

    Under the provisions of the new law, medical professionals are now able to conduct evidence-based studies exploring the safety and efficacy of treating intractable epilepsy with the hemp plant oil extract. Neurologists affiliated with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest universities are specifically encouraged to undertake the studies in the new law.

  • July 2, 2014 • Ethics and Accountability, • Legislation

    Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act: 

     

    “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 did more than ban discrimination and segregation on the basis of race, religion, national origin and gender. It began a process that allowed people to get to know one another on a personal level that simply wasn’t possible before the civil rights act was signed into law,” Governor McCrory said. “The 1964 Civil Rights Act is more than a milestone of the civil rights movement. Because it has benefited and belongs to every American, it’s a milestone of our national history and character.”

  • July 1, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory signed two bills today:

    • Senate Bill 815 (Sens. Barefoot,  Brock and Soucek) – A bill ensuring the privacy and security of student educational records.

    ​            Sen. Chad Barefoot and Rep. Jason Saine joined the governor for the bill signing.

    • House Bill 712 (Reps. Glazier, Stam and Jackson) - A bill revising and clarifying the special education scholarships for children with disabilities and exempting certain schools from child care licensure requirements.

    ​            Rep. Skip Stam and Sen. Tamara Barringer attended the signing.

  • July 1, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory signed seven bills yesterday:

    • House Bill 346 (Reps. Faircloth,  Stam,  Hardister and  Glazier) - A bill authorizing counties and cities to attach and garnish a member of the governing body if the county or city has been granted a money judgment against that member and the money judgment has not been satisfied.
    • House Bill 894 (Catlin, Hamilton and Moffitt) - A bill improving source water protection planning.
    • House Bill 1043 (Arp and Hager) - a bill clarifying the statutes related to the use of prequalification in public construction contracting, as studied by the Joint Purchase and Contract Study Committee.
    • Senate Bill 477 (Sens. Meredith, Newton and Walters) – A bill prohibiting insurers and health benefit plans from limiting or fixing the fee an optometrist may charge patients for services or materials unless the services or materials are covered by reimbursement under the plan or insurer contract with the optometrist.
    • Senate Bill 58 (Sen. Brown) – A bill making technical corrections to Session law 2014-17, which addresses the clarifications made to certain state laws addressing groundwater contamination lawsuits. The initial legislation was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger. Without that legislation, the ruling could have resulted in the dismissal of certain groundwater contamination suits.
    • Senate Bill 871 (Sens. McKissick and Woodard) - A bill removing certain property from the corporate limits of Raleigh and into the corporate limits of Durham.
    • Senate Bill 790 (Sen. Cook) – A bill phasing in the sales tax rate on electricity sold by Cape Hatteras Electrical Membership Corporation and the sales tax rate on piped natural gas sold by “gas cities,” to modify the property tax deferral program for site infrastructure land, and to delay the change in the highway use tax base to include dealer administrative fees.

    Sen. Bill Cook, a primary bill sponsor, and Rep. Rena Turner joined Governor McCrory for the signing of S.B. 790.

  • June 30, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on Senate Bill 793, which makes several modifications to existing charter school laws:

     

    “We need transparency of salary information for all public schools - both traditional and charter schools. I will veto any attempt to hide the names of charter school employees from the public record and I encourage the General Assembly to pass the legislation without this provision.”

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