North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #14 – 3 May 2021
This week there were two significant developments on our issues–one good and one disappointing. The good news is that HB 358, which would have barred transgender girls and young women from participating in school sports designated for females, is dead. The disappointing news is that a bill to raise the marriage age to 18 with no exceptions (HB 41/SB 35) was gutted. The amended bill brings the existing law into line with the sexual assault statute– something that should have been done when the marital rape exemption was repealed–while retaining all of the archaic exemptions that allow marriage as young as age 14.
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #13 – 26 April 2021
See whole report, with summary and listing of bills being tracked, at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #13, 26 Apr 21
Never a dull moment at the legislature. This week a dispute between House Speaker Moore and a senior Republican legislator went public and culminated in Representative Julia Howard being removed as a senior finance committee chair. Great news on one of the many anti-Transgender person bills filed.
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update
12 April 2021
This week saw the introduction of two terrible bills. The religious right has had so much success on the medical front passing laws to regulate abortion and abortion providers, they have decided to widen the scope of their activities to deny trans youth medical care (SB 514). The second bill (SB 515) would legalize medical discrimination across the board by introducing a bill that would allow doctors and other medical personnel along with hospitals and other medical practices to deny medical care to anyone for conscientious reasons. It is worthwhile to examine these two bills in detail because they provide important insight into the kind of world these religious extremists desire.
This week saw the introduction of what is probably an historic number of bills to protect LGBTQ rights. All are much needed and way overdue. Bills further restricting women’s reproductive rights were also introduced.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #9 – 29 March 2021
Governor Cooper has submitted his budget. North Carolina did not suffer the predicted revenue shortfall due to the pandemic; our reserve funds are flush with 5 billion dollars; and projections are rosy. The Governor’s budget includes substantial pay raises for teachers, smaller raises for state employees, restoring the earned income tax credit, raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, and expanding Medicaid. For more details, see: https://www.wral.com/raises-bonuses-for-teachers-state-workers-in-cooper-s-budget-plan/19592329/. But Republicans have other plans—more tax cuts. See: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article250132909.html.
Women from the outside of press conference for raising the minimum wage to $15. Photo Credit: Amy Hellmers
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #7 – 15 March 2021
It’s a miracle! Legislative leaders and the Governor actually reached a compromise on Senate Bill 220, Open our Schools Act, and the bill has been signed into law. Reaching a deal has been a prolonged power struggle between the legislature and the Governor.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #6 – 8 March 2021
This week a bill to eliminate some major impediments to obtaining an abortion in North Carolina was introduced (HB188/SB167), Removing Barriers/Gain Access to Abortion Act, ”RBG Act”). The short title honors late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a strong advocate for abortion rights.
The first anti-abortion bill was filed in North Carolina within days of the start of the 2021 legislative session, as reported in NC NOW Legislative Update #1 in 2021 – 2/1/21. It is a six week abortion ban, HB31, known in politics as a “fetal heartbeat ban.” There is a special deceptiveness with the six week abortion ban.
First of all, six weeks of gestation is really four weeks after fertilization. This ban would kick in before most women know they are pregnant – about a month after fertilization.
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #5 – 1 March 2021
A Human Life Amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution (HB158) has been introduced. Some versions of this amendment stipulate that human life begins with implantation, that is, when a fertilized egg implants on the lining of the uterus. But this amendment is much more drastic. It provides that human life begins at fertilization, before a fertilized egg reaches the uterus. In short, this amendment would define human life as beginning before pregnancy. The intent of Human Life Amendments is to effectively outlaw all abortions.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #4
22 February 2021
This week’s summary talks about Governor Cooper’s response to the NC legislature forcing in person learning via legislation and on how late census data will effect federal and state redistricting and 2021 elections. There are no new bills to track and no action on the bills being tracked. See whole report at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #4.22 February 2021.