Pro-choice Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 4/14/21

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

NC NOW Legislative Update – During Pandemic – 25 May 2020

The NC legislature is back in session. See the bills on which they are allowed to consider during the short session (in 2020). Under normal circumstances, the short session would focus on tweaking the budget, local bills, and bills that passed one house or the other during the long session. However, these are not normal circumstances. Read what is happening with state budget, Medicaid expansion, and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, butContinue reading “New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19”

Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Event Summary – 9/10/19

Summary of “Stop Endangering Women’s Lives” event on 9/10/19, with agenda, speakers and topics. The 138th consecutive Tuesdays With Tillis rally included speakers from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, and MomsRisingNC. Our emcee was a Tuesdays With Tillis organizer.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #27 — 9/3/19

There has been movement on both the budget and Medicaid transformation.  To get around the impasse over the vetoed budget, the legislature has passed a slew of stand-alone budget bills addressing specific areas. We share a Facebook post from one of our NC Senators that exposes the Republican strategy for preventing Democrats from amending a bill.  This is almost unbelievable. In other big news, Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 555, Medicaid Transformation Implementation that would change Medicaid from fee-for-service to managed care.  Medicaid transformation is contained in the budget the Governor vetoed, but this stand-alone bill is one of the piecemeal budget bills passed by the legislature.

NC NOW Legislative Update #16 – How Attempted Vetoes Work– 5/20/19

The games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week. It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote.  When contacting your House member about this bill, emphasize the importance of being present and not leaving the chamber for any reason. Medicaid Expansion still stalled in the NCGA. Medicaid expansion is a priority issue for Governor Cooper and there is speculation that he might veto a budget that does not include it if no other path has been cleared. Other unresolved issues include funding for education, including salaries, and a court-ordered re-drawing of legislative districts in the Triangle area. Read more in the NC NOW Legislative Update #16.

NC NOW Legislative Update #15 — Games Played With Vetoed Bills – May 13, 2019

The bill crossover deadline was May 9, and this summary talks about which bills made it and how (some by virtue of what they deal with). The House continues to schedule and reschedule SB359/HB602:  Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on 04/30/2019.  The bill has been placed on the House calendar for different dates and then withdrawn – they are trying to find the perfect time to override the governor’s veto, or maybe it’s a game to tire pro-choice protesters. The bill is presently on the House Calendar for 05/15/2019. 

NC NOW Legislative Update #14 — Glorious Teacher’s March and Bill Veto Games – May 5, 2019

This legislative update talks about the huge march and rally held by teachers and their supporters on May 1, and also about the House budget bill. Medicaid expansion was one of the goals of the teacher rally and something the House budget did not include. Governor Cooper may veto for this alone, as Medicaid expansion is one of his major goals as well.  Read here for more.

Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 3/25/19

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.