NC NOW Legislative Update #23 – 7/15/19

Republicans are scrambling to find enough votes to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget (i.e., offering pork), but are meeting Democratic resistance. There has been movement to report on the issue of Medicaid expansion, an issue that is closely tied to the budget deadlock. The governor has advanced budget negotiations by offering a compromise bill. Read about all of this here.

NC NOW Legislative Update #19 – The Veto Is Sustained! – 10 Jun 2019

The Week 19 summary talks about sustaining Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of one of the abortion ban bills (the so called Born Alive type ban). The next big thing should be reconciling the Senate and House budgets, and what Governor Cooper may do, since both budgets are problematic.

NC NOW Legislative Update #18 – Senate Budget and Budget Process – 3 Jun 2019

The Week 18 summary discusses how the NC Senate passed its budget and virtually excluded Democrats from any participation in the process. It talks about the next step, which is reconciling the House and Senate versions of the budget. And that maybe the 11th override vote scheduled on the so-called Born Alive type bill may actually take place on June 5.

NC NOW Legislative Update #16 – How Attempted Vetoes Work– 5/20/19

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 It looks like the veto override vote is being placed on the House calendar only to be withdrawn over and over again to allow for a head count to make certain that votes needed for an override are present in the chamber before holding a vote.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.

NC NOW Legislative Update #11 – Rushed Anti-Abortion Bill – 15 April 2019

NC NOW Legislative Update #11 – highlighting terrible anti-abortion bill being rushed through the process, and Republican version Medicaid expansion type bill with work requirements on it.

Outraged North Carolinians Pull Together Protest of NCGA Veto Overrides, 8/4/18

Citizen outrage sparked some creativity at a protest of the latest day of this special session series, when the #NCGA was called to return on a rare Saturday to override very valid vetoes from Governor Roy Cooper. The signature costume for this event was a man dressed up in regal attire who called himself “Berger King.” When we chanted, he interjected with comments that would come from a very clueless ruler. The legislature voted to override the two vetoes, but the outraged citizens were speaking out and watching.

NC NOW Legislative Update #12 – vetoes, ERA is HOT topic!

Our state courts at all levels are being politicized. Governor Cooper vetoed 1 bills on that. He also vetoed a bill in which the NCGA is interfering with election boards. Crossover deadline is approaching. See updates on bills that we are tracking, some are moving.