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.

Jones: Make Rape Kit Testing a Priority

How testing rape kits would have helped women in writer’s family, and others. One out of every six women will experience attempted or completed rape. One out of every thirty-three men will also experience it. It is so common that sadly, most of us know friends or loved ones who have been violated. We have seen DNA convict perpetrators as well as free those who were wrongly incarcerated. So why is it that we have such an incredibly large quantity of untested rape kits in North Carolina? The NCGA must allocate resources toward solving these crimes and preventing future crimes.