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 It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote.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.
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 The bill has been placed on the House calendar for different dates and then withdrawn – they are trying to find the perfect time to override the governor’s veto, or maybe it’s a game to tire pro-choice protesters.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.
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.
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.
Here is NC NOW’s 5th legislative update of this NCGA Short Session. The summary addresses topics include Budget, Voter ID, Income Tax Cap via Constitutional Change, Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.
It’s been another crazy week in the NCGA. Here are some highlights (lowlights) from NC NOW’s legislative update through 6/10/18, starting with Governor Cooper’s veto, and an action for ERA.
NC NOW Legislative Update #3 of the Short Session, 4 Jun 18 talks about the budget as the most controversial in modern history—not for what it contains, but for the process it went through. The process was explained in detail in NC NOW’s Legislative Update #2 for the Short Session, 28 May 18. This week, people learned more about some inappropriate recipients of taxpayer money, and what the budget did and did not do. The Legislative Update also lists the bills that NC NOW is tracking – bill numbers, summaries, and where they are in the process.
NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 6/4/18. 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. See pictures, letter, issues here.
First and foremost, the NCGA Short Session budget machinations. “The Republican leadership has devised a plan to pass their budget bill without going through the normal appropriations process and blocking any amendments. ” And some response to this underhanded and hypocritical move, including an action you can take.
This is the first legislative update for the NC General Assembly’s 2018 “short session” which began on 5/16/18. A gigantic teachers rally greeted the legislators on the first day. The legislative budgets also talks about the budget, including the $347 million dollar surplus this year (through 6/30/18), with some speculation about what the session may include. Also, the ERA is still alive!