The week ending 15 April 2017 has been another busy week at the NCGA, as captured in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_11.v3.16Apr17.
A bill introduced in the legislature again made North Carolina the object of national derision. House Bill 780, Uphold Historical Marriage, declared that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is null and void in North Carolina and that the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage should be enforced. After a national outcry, Speaker Moore publicly announced that this bill will never be heard in committee, that it is dead. But damage had already been done. See http://www.wral.com/gay-marriage-ban-filed-in-nc-house-/16639157/, 4/11/17.
Then neo-Confederate Rep. Larry Pittman (also a sponsor or HB780) attracted national attention by stating that Abraham Lincoln was the same kind of tyrant as Hitler.
Republican resistance to expanding Medicaid is buckling. Four Republican House members, including three House Health Committee Chairmen, have sponsored a bill (HB62) that would significantly expand Medicaid coverage to include low-income adults. The bill would create a program called Carolina Cares and would be paid for by a new tax on hospitals. It is modeled on Indiana’s program approved by then-Governor Mike Pence and includes a premium and a work requirement. Because it does not conform to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, it would require a federal waiver to be implemented. This bill marks the first time prominent North Carolina Republicans have supported any expansion to the Medicaid program to include people not already covered. For more details, see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article143388024.html
Abortion is back in the General Assembly. Two new bills—one good and one very bad—have been filed.
Read about the Medicaid bill, the abortion bills, ERA updates, Lawsuit updates, Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law updates and bill tracking in North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#10.9Apr17.
Please join some of NC’s progressive organizations as we speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, March 20, at 11am, at 310 New Bern Ave, in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office. See the facebook event for “Media event: Progressives speak out against Neil Gorsuch” at https://www.facebook.com/events/143022306221621/
NOW Urges that Senator(s) filibuster the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and, should a filibuster fail, vote “no”.
Main issues described in NOW’s brief.
- Republicans do not deserve control of this stolen seat.
- Gorsuch has a history of hostility toward all kinds of regular and disadvantaged people seeking protections from the privileged and the powerful.
- He tends to rule for billionaire donors and big corporations.
- He has a frightening willingness to limit women’s access to health care.
- He is extremely anti-abortion based on his writings.
Posted in abortion, ACA, civil rights, Courts, do your job, health care, lawsuits, lgbt, male entitlement, Supreme Court, women
Tagged abortion, civil rights, Courts, discrimination, racism, reproductive rights
NC NOW legislative update #6 includes damage from the Trump administration’s new interpretation of Title IX, lawsuit updates, and bill tracking.
In light of the Trump administration’s new interpretation that Title IX does not allow transgender people to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity, the U. S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Virginia case concerning this issue. The case was sent back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of the Trump administration’s new rule. This non-decision will have the effect of making transgender bathroom rights a state-by-state issue. The issues can still be challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds, but losing Title IX is a serious blow to framing a successful lawsuit. The constitutionality of the new interpretation of Title IX could be challenged, but no suit on these grounds has been filed. This refusal of the Supreme Court to rule in this case will impact both the North Carolina lawsuits and the effort to repeal HB2. For more details, see: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article136866748.html
Posted in abortion, Courts, HB 2, immigration, lawsuits, Medicaid, minimum wage, reproductive rights, Title IX
Tagged abortion, Courts, hb2, immigration, lgbt, medicaid expansion, Title IX