House Bill 66: An Example of Poor Legislation Rushed Through the General Assembly

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NC NAACP Statement Regarding the House Bill 66 / Session Law 2011-169

June 30, 2011

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Jennifer W. Marsh, 919-682-4700

NC NAACP and the Greene County NAACP Condemn House Bill 66:

An Example of Poor Legislation Rushed Through the General Assembly

The NC NAACP and the Greene County NAACP oppose the ratification of House Bill 66, which alters elections for County Commissioners in Greene County. This hastily and poorly written legislation was pushed through the General Assembly, along with hundreds of other bills, without appropriate review and debate. The result was ratification of a bill that is illegal as written.

"The leadership of the General Assembly is obviously more interested in partisan-driven results rather than fairness or accuracy," said Benjamin Lanier, President of the Green County NAACP Branch. "The County Commissioners in Greene County passed a resolution opposing House Bill 66 and the General Assembly’s interference. They, and all interested parties, were not given the time or resources to perform a detailed review of the bill."

"The people of North Carolina deserve a fair and transparent legislative process that allows for appropriate review and meaningful input. We look to the leadership to adopt laws that are legal and fair to all our citizens and allowing appropriate time for analysis. Rushing through bills during marathon sessions will lead to errors such as what is found in House Bill 66," stated Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina NAACP.

As the session wrapped up, legislators from both parties complained that they were unable to properly do their job due to the sheer volume of bills. Nevertheless, each day Speaker Thom Tillis and Senator Phil Berger loaded the calendar with bills and held sessions that lasted late into the night.

House Bill 66 was one of the hundreds of bills passed without proper scrutiny and input. This local bill imposes residency districts in Greene County for the County Commissioner election. The bill requires one County Commissioner be elected from each of the five districts created; however the voting will still be at-large. House Bill 66 contains a serious mistake in that the residency districts created leave out a large portion of the MAUR precinct in the eastern part of the county. Around 1,000 residents live in that area but cannot run for County Commissioner because they do not live in any of the five residency districts.

Prior to the final vote on this bill, our attorneys attempted to contact the General Assembly to bring this error to their attention but their calls were not returned. We believe this is not an isolated mistake but indicative of the sloppy legislation that was passed in the final weeks of the session.

It is no coincidence that the sponsor of this bill is Representative Stephen Laroque. Rep. Laroque is also the lead plaintiff in a federal case Laroque v. Holder, an attempt to have Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was fought for and secured by black and white people determined to move America forward, struck down as unconstitutional.

The Legislature will have many opportunities to fix it over the next few sessions. However, House Bill 66 is a bad piece of legislation even without this glaring mistake. Passing laws that are not fully reviewed, not locally supported, and do not allow public input is not what we sent our Representatives and Senators to Raleigh to do.

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FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY COMMENDS U.S. REP. G.K. BUTTERFIELD FOR TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT MANUFACTURING JOBS

June 30, 2011
CONTACT: Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2466,
chuck_fuqua@afandpa.org

FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY COMMENDS U.S. REP. G.K. BUTTERFIELD FOR TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT MANUFACTURING JOBS

Rep. Butterfield Leads Effort to Stay Costly Boiler Regulations Until

Improvements Are Made

WASHINGTON – On behalf of the nearly 900,000 workers in the U.S. forest products industry, Donna Harman, the President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) commended today the action taken by U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield to protect manufacturing jobs by co-sponsoring legislation that would stay and improve EPA’s costly and burdensome Boiler MACT rule and three related rules until they can be improved to be more achievable and affordable.

“Congressman Butterfield has shown decisive leadership to protect good manufacturing jobs from regulations that even the EPA itself has admitted needs to be changed,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “By sponsoring legislation to stay and improve these costly rules, Rep. Butterfield is helping to protect the public health and the environment, while also promoting jobs and economic growth.”

The Boiler MACT regulation issued by the EPA in February 2011 sets emission limits for boilers used in a vast array of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities, including manufacturers (forest products, chemicals, agricultural products, furniture, food processors, refineries, foundries, etc.), as well as municipal power plants, biomass energy plants, universities, hospitals, federal facilities, small businesses and others. The final Boiler MACT rule alone has an estimated capital cost for the manufacturing sector of over $14 billion, plus billions more in operating costs. For the forest products industry alone, the Boiler MACT rules have been estimated to cost $5-$7 billion in capital, in the same ballpark as the unaffordable rules proposed by EPA last year. These huge costs would put tens of thousands of jobs at risk.

EPA has announced a stay of the Boiler MACT regulations while changes are considered, but without Congressional action, EPA’s decision could be overturned by a court, threatening affected companies with high compliance costs and jobs losses. Rep. Butterfield has co-sponsored H.R. 2250, which would provide much-needed certainty and direction for both a stay of the regulations and a solid foundation for EPA to make the needed changes.

“With the time, direction and certainty provided by Rep. Butterfield’s bill, this legislation enables EPA to rewrite the Boiler MACT rules in a way that will prevent severe hardship and tens of thousands of job losses in the forest product sector alone,” concluded Harman. “On behalf of the workers of the forest products industry, we commend Rep. Butterfield for taking action to ensure the sustainability of the environment as well as businesses and the workers and communities they support, and we urge the Congress to quickly pass this important legislation.”

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The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.

City to hold reception to honor retiring chief – Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

The public is invited to attend a retirement reception for Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley this afternoon at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences.

In April, Manley announced his retirement which becomes effective Friday after 32 years in law enforcement. (Read more)

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Dr. Glenda Lawrence-Knight Introduces Mental Health First Aid to Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt, Halifax, Wilson & Northampton Counties

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Dr. Glenda Lawrence-Knight Introduces Mental Health First Aid to Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt, Halifax, Wilson & Northampton Counties

Dr. Knight Joins National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy

June 2011 – Dr. Knight, CEO of Timely Intervention & Preventive Success (T.I.P.S., INC) has piloted the first Mental Health First Aid program in the above counties. Dr. Knight and other MHFA certified instructors anticipate training a number of professionals & the general public to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” said Mr. Isham Spann, Chief Administrative Officer of TIPS, INC. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.

“We welcome TIPS, INC’s involvement and enthusiasm in the Mental Health First Aid community,” says Linda Rosenberg, MSW, president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the organization who brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008. “We know they will have a great impact on the mental health communities throughout each county, and will be key players in improving mental health literacy nationwide.”

In its pilot year, the program was introduced in nearly twenty states and more than 40 communities nationwide. The National Council certified Dr. Knight to provide the Mental Health First Aid program in June, 2011 through an instructor certification course in Boston, MA. TIPS, INC and all the sites across the nation that replicate this program maintain strict fidelity to the original, proven program.

Mental Health First Aid is auspice at the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne in Australia under the direction of MHFA founders Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm. To date, it has been replicated in six other countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland, and Singapore.

To participate in upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings, please visit www.tipsinc6774.com and click on the service link or call (252) 538-1384. To bring Mental Health First Aid training to your agency, please use the above contact information to secure accommodations.

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

Timely Intervention & Preventive Services, Inc. (T.I.P.S.)
Dr. Glenda Lawrence-Knight, CEO
P.O. Box 6774
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27801
(252) 538-1384 (Business)
(252) 972-9840 (Fax)
http://www.tipsinc6774.com
My Motto: "Making a difference, means making it different"

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