North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 13 September 2021

Yes, the legislature is still in session.  And, no, there is still no agreement between the House and the Senate on the budget.  Can we look forward to an agreement soon?  No, because Senate leader Phil Berger has said that we should not expect a budget until the end of September or the beginning of October. But his prediction will need to be updated because there has been a complicating development.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 30 August 2021

HB 608 has passed the Senate, this bill makes significant reforms in the treatment of women prisoners. We are expecting unconstitutional districts from the legislative majority again. Then more on the budget process and what happened two years ago.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Actions – 23 August 2021

Take actions on up to 4 issues. In fact, for each issue, you can write your representative, write a letter to the editor, or both!

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 16 August 2021

Senate Bill 35 has passed the House and has been placed on the Senate calendar for final approval on August 16. This bill raises the marriage age to 16 under all circum-stances, including pregnancy, requires parental consent for marriage at age 16 or 17, and further requires that there must be no more than a 4-year age difference between the parties to allow marriage under age 18.  The bill is expected to pass. Currently, children as young as 14 can marry in this state, a situation that has made North Carolina a go-to state for child marriages.  Last year, for example, two-thirds of marriage license applications in Buncombe County, a county that includes Asheville, were from out-of staters seeking to marry underage partners.  We are finally ready to close the book on that ugly chapter.  Also talking about state budget, Governor Cooper’s priorities, and how state budget defectors take leverage away from the governor.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 9 August 2021

The Senate passed its budget more than a month ago, and now we are beginning to get a peek at parts of the House budget. Thursday morning part of the House education budget was released in the House Education Appropriations Committee. However a critical part of the education budget—salaries—was not revealed. The bottom line of the appropriation is $10.1 billion for K-12 for the first year of the biennium and $10.08 billion for the second year. For community colleges, the amount is approximately $1.2 billion each year.

Also, learn about terrible process used to push budget through.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 26 July 2021

Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453, The scheduled override vote on this bill was postponed, not yet rescheduled – so write them now. SB 729 is a proposed amendment to the NC Constitution which would effectively ban affirmative action! It is pushed by a state Senate leader whose gerrymandered redistricting map was found by a court to discriminate against Black voters with “surgical precision.” 

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 12 July 2021

The budget process is finally moving forward. The Senate has passed its budget and will send it to the House. The House will then pass its budget. Finally, a conference committee will be appointed that will iron out the differences and send the result to the governor, who will either sign it or veto it. Governor Cooper has already denounced the Senate budget in a great tweet. To add insult to injury, the Senate is all but inviting a veto by Governor Cooper by including non-budget-related provisions in their budget bill that limit the governor’s powers during a state of emergency.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #22 – 28 Jun 2021

The budget process is finally moving forward. The Senate has passed its budget and will send it to the House. The House will then pass its budget. Finally, a conference committee will be appointed that will iron out the differences and send the result to the governor, who will either sign it or veto it. Governor Cooper has already denounced the Senate budget in a great tweet. To add insult to injury, the Senate is all but inviting a veto by Governor Cooper by including non-budget-related provisions in their budget bill that limit the governor’s powers during a state of emergency.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #20 – 14 Jun 2021

First step of progress on the state budget – but very far to go. Some history on unapproved budgets in NC. Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453 – call Governor Cooper! Update on SB 35, seeking to raise the marriage age FROM 14!!