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/

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #16 – 17 May 2021

There was a lot of frantic activity at the legislature this week because Thursday was the crossover deadline.  A bill must pass either the House or the Senate before the crossover deadline to remain alive.  There are exceptions, most notably appropriations bills (any bill that contains an appropriation), but generally this rule holds true.  The two very bad abortion bills are still alive and a handful of good bills made the deadline. 

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #15 – 10 May 2021

Very bad news on the abortion front. The House rammed though House Bill 453 that purports to ban abortion based on eugenics. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. A second abortion bill is also moving. Senate Bill 405 that claims to prevent doctors from murdering babies born alive after an abortion procedure (something that is already illegal) has passed the Senate Health Care Committee. It is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, but it is eligible to be scheduled for a floor vote at any time.

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.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #13 – 26 April 2021

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.