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NC NOW Legislative Update #28—#IWillNotYield! – September 16, 2019

House votes to Override Budget Veto in Explosive Session

Rep. Darren Jackson, House Minority Leader, claims that Rep. David Lewis, second-ranking Republican leader, assured him after the session on Tuesday, September 10, that there would be no recorded votes during the 8:30 session the next day.  Rep. Lewis denies it.  Rep. Jackson told the Democrats that they did not need to be at the 8:30 session because there would be no votes.  But reporter Laura Leslie also texted Rep. Lewis to ask if there would be votes in the 8:30 session on September 11.  He texted her back that there would be no votes at 8:30.   Finally, to confirm that something was being  planned, a text message was sent to Republicans telling them to be present for the 8:30 session: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235034672.html

Here is a screen shot of the text exchange between Laura Leslie and Rep. Lewis:

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

Go directly to NC NOW Legislative Update #15 (13 May 19) which includes summary and bills being tracked.

UPDATE:  The vote to override the Governor’s veto of the Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act has been placed on the House Calendar for May 15.  This date may or may not hold since several House votes have been scheduled only to be re-scheduled.

The House seems to be playing a game with SB359/HB602:  Born-Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on 04/30/2019.  The bill was placed on the House calendar for both 05/02/2019 and 05/03/2019—then withdrawn both times.  The bill is presently on the House Calendar for 05/06/2019.  A vote to override requires a two-thirds vote of members present and voting.   It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to stymie concerned citizens who may want to be in the gallery for the vote and to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote. 

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NCGA Reconvened – what happened already, updates on redistricting and judges

NC NOW Legislative Update #1 – 11 Feb 2018

It is difficult to report on legislative matters because so many of the most important developments take place behind in secret and are never documented.  As an article in NC Policy Watch summarizes:

“Whether it’s cutting off debate on legislation, holding surprise, late night sessions, regularly ignoring the committee process, burying new and controversial laws that were never previously discussed in omnibus budget bills that cannot be amended, holding an endless series of “special” legislative sessions, refusing to record and archive all sorts of important proceedings, or even directly and blatantly punishing lawmakers who dare to speak up during debate, Republicans have evidenced little shame. Much as has been the case with gerrymandering, legislative leaders have not so much invented new tactics and tricks as they have cynically perfected and expanded the use of old ones.”

(http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/02/06/darkness-descends-general-assembly/)

This unhealthy pattern continues.

They’re Baaaaaack!

This week the General Assembly reconvened, and legislators lost no time ramming through complex, multi-issue legislation with almost no discussion.  House Bill 90 was voted out of the Appropriations Committee and passed the Senate on the same day.  This omnibus bill offers a fix for the unfunded class size mandate, takes away the governor’s control of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation fund, and reorganizes the State Board of Elections (for the third time)–three unrelated issues in a single bill.

View of 2018 HKonJ rally from stage. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

The Problems with House Bill 90

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