Monthly Archives: June 2015

NC NOW’s Legislative Update #21 Summary – June 27, 2015

The House Rejects the Senate’s Budget
The House has voted unanimously to reject the Senate budget (House Bill 97), and the final compromise budget will be negotiated by a conference committee behind closed doors.   Considering what happened in the conference committee for House Bill 836: Election Modifications, it looks like anything goes.

House Bill 836: Election Modifications
In a surprise move, the conference committee on House Bill 836 added a provision to allow voting without the photo identification required under a law that will go into effect next year.  The move was a complete surprise because the normal process for a conference committee is to work out a compromise bill by accepting some differences between the House and Senate versions and rejecting others.  Although doing so is not explicitly prohibited, a conference committee adding entirely new material to a bill is unheard of—until now.  Senator Josh Stein of Wake County called it a “joke of a process.”


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Women’s Events to plan into your schedule now!

Women’s Events to put on your calendar.  Right now we have one a month, July through October.


July 25, 2015 – Collaboration: The Key to Impact, NC Women Matter’s Bennett IV Conference at Bennett College in Greensboro, 9-4

Topic: How we can maximize our strengths to assure that women’s voices are heard. In addition to training on effective collaboration, there will be issue briefs on pay equity and paid leave, the status of ERA on North Carolina, undocumented immigrant issues, voting rights and challenges, the student debt crisis, and reproductive justice/domestic violence/sexual abuse.

NC NOW is leading a workshop on ‘What Does Meryl Streep Know That You Don’t” with NC4ERA and RatifyERAnc.

See more and sign up at

July 25, 2015 – Get Ready to Run – Raleigh, Lillians List, 9am-1:30pm
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NC NOW’s 20th legislative update is available for members

NC NOW’s twentieth legislative update is available for members. This update is for the week ending June 20th. All updates include a list of bills that NC NOW is tracking. This summary and report were written by Robin Davis.  There is some additional information in the postscripts, added by Gailya Paliga.

NC NOW’s Legislative Update #20 Summary – June 20, 2015

Senate’s Budget differs greatly from the House’s Budget
The Senate released its budget last Monday and passed it on Thursday.  As expected, it is very different from the House budget.  The House, anticipating continued economic improvement and increased revenues, passed a $22.2 billion budget—a 5 percent spending increase.  The Senate proposes a $21.47 billion budget—only a 2 percent spending increase.  Senate leaders point out that their budget is close to the Governor’s $21.52 billion budget.  However, the Governor made his budget proposal in March when the economy was more sluggish and there was a projected revenue shortfall.  Today there is a budget surplus of $419 million.

Various articles have summarized the fiscal differences between the House and Senate budgets.  Here is a good overview: If you want to get down into the weeds, you can start here:

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NC NOW May-July 2015 Newsletter Online

Find the latest NC NOW newsletter at

Get ready for an exciting women’s march and rally on Friday, Aug 28, in Durham in conjunction with Women’s Equality Day.  See the top of page 1.

News OMG extra extra

Read about one member’s first experience with the Forward Together movement this year – on page 3.

Find out a little about what a busy and crazy few months it’s been trying to keep up with the NC General Assembly on page 4.  What you don’t know about bills can hurt you – as many women, families and seniors found out when doing their taxes this year.

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NC NOW’s 18th and 19th legislative updates are available for members

NC NOW’s eighteenth and nineteenth legislative updates are available for members. These are the June 13 and June 6 Legislative Updates. All updates include a list of bills that NC NOW is tracking. Here is a summary of the summary 😉

In the June 13 legislative update we talk about the House override of Governor McCrory’s veto of SB2 – you should read how it was done. You can also read about the Senate’s harmful tax changes to House Bill 117, supposed to be an economic development bill. However, the Senate gutted it in June so they could give modest gains away as tax cuts to wealthy and corporations. Robbing from the poor and middle class to give to the rich. Again.

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ACTION ALERT: Senate MJIA vote on Tuesday: Contact Sen. Tillis ASAP

Please take this action to help women in the military.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D- New York) will be offering her bill – the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 – as amendment 1578 on the FY 16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. A vote on that amendment is expected on TUESDAY, June 16.  Call or email our US Senator Thom Tillis in Washington DC ASAP with the simple message:

Please vote for Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 (MJIA). It is essentially the same as legislation from the 113th Congress, but Sen. Gillibrand has added improvements to address retaliation and obstruction of justice.  She will be offering this bill as an amendment to the defense authorization bill on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  

Read more about MJIA at

In NC, we can contact both of our Senators, but if you only have time for one, contact Senator Thom Tillis (per National NOW’s action alert).  


In North Carolina, use this link to find Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr.

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NC NOW Member’s First Moral Monday Experience

When I was in my 20s I never got involved in anything political. Oh, I voted all right, after all that’s the least I could do, but that was essentially the extent of my standing up and being counted.

Since then my views have changed. Excuse me? Did I just say “changed”? Let me put it another way. My views were pushed off their pedestal, stomped on, and kicked to the curb. And when I got to my feet I knew I would be forever altered.

                                Photo credit: Catherine Evangelista

There are a lot of good people in our government who are trying to do the best they can to return our state to the beacon of light it was such a short time ago. Other states envied us then, but our legislators forced a dangerous shift while attempting to balance budgets that were more “what’s in it for me” than “how can I best serve this state.” The more you keep marginalizing people – the more individuals are going to stand up for what’s right. They’re going to stand up and be counted.

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Women’s Rights MM Event and sign making on Jun 10

FORWARD TOGETHER Women’s Rights Rally – June 10 at 5pm
A June 10 rally at Bicentennial Mall (across the street from the General Assembly building at 16 W. Jones St) will be devoted to women’s rights. Rally starts at 5pm.  Please come a little earlier if you can.

We will gather at the Bicentennial Mall with our signs and current plans are to go into the Legislative Building for at least part of the rally.


We should wrap up shortly after 6pm.

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Apparently a 72 hour waiting period doesn’t apply to lawmakers..(HB465)

Regardless of the serious anti-abortion content of HB465, the North Carolina House voted to accept the State Senate’s changes to it on Jun 3, 2015.  As Shannah Sayers of Naral Pro-Choice North Carolina said, “apparently a 72-hour waiting period doesn’t apply to lawmakers.”

HB465 passed the Senate after many changes on Monday, June 1, and the House gave final approval to the changed bill on Wednesday, June 3.  Next it goes to Governor McCrory – who can sign it or VETO IT.  For the sake and safety of pregnant women and doctors, ASK HIM to veto it!!

You can call and/or email Governor McCrory now!  Phone 919-814-2050.  You can leave a message here.  Email him at

Problems with the bill are described in

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Covering an invasive bill (HB465) with 2 good bills

Guess what the NC Senate did with HB465

On May 27, the NC Senate stuffed two of Senator Jeff Jackson’s no cost bills that are tough on crime into the anti-abortion bill, HB465.  They snuck major changes into ‘edition 3’ of HB465 when they added them.  However, the requirement that only obstetricians or gynecologists can perform abortion procedures, added in edition 3, has already been altered in edition 4.

The Senate changed this plan for when doctors must send women’s personal medical records to DHHS from 18 weeks of pregnancy (introduced in HB465) to 16 weeks.

These changes are in addition to the shocking content HB465 already had

  • triple the forced waiting period from 24 to 72 hours.
  • track doctors for performing abortions – although the doctor’s names should not be publicly available, they will be tracked by the state.
  • force doctors to send women’s personal medical records to the state to track (to Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS).

HB465 is moving with lightening speed.  On Monday, Jun 1, it passed the NC Senate.  On Wednesday, Jun 3, the changed bill was approved by the NC House. Now it goes to Governor McCrory to sign or Veto.  Please write or call Governor McCrory and ask him to keep his promise not to add any more abortion restrictions in NC and VETO HB465.  Governor’s phone number 919-814-2050.  Email through

Read why 2 good bills were stuffed into the anti-abortion bill HB465 at  Hint: to make it hard for people to vote against it.

-Gailya Paliga
President, NC National Organization for Women