Citizens Deserve Input on State Budget, 2021

Kathy Greggs, a US Army combat veteran from Fayetteville, went to the Legislature to speak to the state House Appropriations Committee for Health and Human Services to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid, expand workers’ rights, and pass affordable housing protections. Although Greggs and others were able to sign up to speak, they were told they couldn’t speak. Greggs didn’t accept that. Here is what happened.

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!!

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #18 – 31 May 2021

With the notable exception of the action on House Bill 453, this was another slow week at the legislature.  There have been very few committee meetings or floor votes for two weeks since the crossover deadline of May 13. A state budget impasse continues. Be sure to take action on HB453 which is moving in the NC Senate.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #17 – 24 May 2021

This was a slow week at the legislature following a week of frantic activity last week to pass bills to meet the crossover deadline. The main action is taking place behind closed doors and concerns the budget. Most of the good bills we have been following, with the exception of those that include an appropriation, are dead for this session. However, the two bad abortion bills are very much alive and need your attention and action. For more information about these bills and how to take action to oppose them, see https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2021/05/19/north-carolina-now-legislative-update-16-17-may-2021/

NC NOW Legislative Update #29—Fireworks Over House Veto Override – Sept. 30, 2019

The fireworks over the House vote to override the budget veto continue. Updates on the new legislative district maps. New lawsuit against unfair Congressional district maps (in light of lies exposed and other lawsuit). Movement on Medicaid expansion, but includes severe restrictions. and bill was not done with bipartisan input.

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.