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.
The NC NOW Legislative Update #9 summary talks about many things –
– Governor Cooper’s proposed budget
– HB 354 to improve hate crime law, gender and also ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and sexual orientation—all categories not covered by our present law
– legislators interfering in settlement to a lawsuit that extended the time that absentee ballots would be accepted and counted, and introduced a bill to that would ban the Attorney General from settling lawsuits that name legislative leaders without including the legislators in the negotiations.
– response to the voter suppression bill, SB326, following national trends
– North Carolina Republicans have joined the national movement to bar trans women from participating in school sports by introducing HB 358
The inevitable has finally happened. North Carolina Republican legislators have jumped on board the voter suppression train. Senate Bill 326, misleadingly titled the Election Integrity Act, is a measure that would restrict voting by absentee ballot in a variety of ways. In short, it is a voter suppression bill. Significantly, the restrictions do not apply to military or overseas voters.
This tribute to civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis was written and read by NC NOW Administrative Officer Nancy Cook at the 2020 NC NOW State Conference.
In 2019, pre-pandemic, NC NOW President Gailya Paliga asked NC chapters to develop projects to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In response, chapters across the state began brainstorming ways to do it, with several undertaking planning for conference-type events set for the following summer. Who knew what was to follow?
NC NOW welcomes new NOW president Christian Nunes as keynote of 2020 state conference! Christian became NOW president on Aug 21, 2020. More on our conference at https://wp.me/p22b2e-2MT. Registration will be at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/conferences/. The NC NOW State conference begins the evening of Friday, Oct 9 and continues the morning through 1pm of Saturday, Oct 10. We’ll be on Zoom to make sure everyone stays safe.
The Elections 2020 bill was ratified and signed by Governor Cooper. NC needed state bill to allocate federal funds to help conduct the 2020 elections. GOP added a Voter ID requirement. Read about what that means, since there is already a lawsuit in process against voter-id provisions claiming they are racially motivated.
Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and would prefer to be able to capture each speech, but here are some pearls of wisdom.
Tuesday, 11/6/18, was a historic day! More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before and more women won! Voters were determined more than ever to elect feminists to positions of leadership. We have ushered in the most diverse Congress in history with huge wins for women, minorities and LGBTQ. Thank you to all who canvassed, made phone calls, wrote letters, protested, marched, walked out, showed up, voted and got up every day exhausted, but found the strength to go on. With examples. Thanks, Melba Evans, President of Charlotte NOW.
What we can do to mitigate damage leading up to and during the lame duck legislative session with regard to the four constitutional amendments that were passed in the midterm elections on 11/6/18. We have 3 weeks.