AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE
· Swim’s Healing Place shoe drive – “Step to Success Fundraiser” a giving opportunity no financial cost to your organization or business!!! Call 252.972.7946 or 252.266.2291or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Swim’s Healing Place- Residential Adult Care for Women – Women Helping Women Restore Broken Lives. Call 252.972.7946 or 252.266.2291or email: email@example.com for more information.
· 4th Annual First Media Radio Auction, Sat. April 28th, American Legion Shaw May Post 38, 8:00am. For more information the Roanoke Valley Chamber at 252-537-3513.
· The Roanoke River Regional Collaborative (RRRC) is hosting its 7th Cultural Awareness Seminar, Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 9:00-2:00pm, at the Tillery Community Center, 321 Community Center Road, Tillery NC. For more information call (252) 826-3017.
· The Phoenix Historical Society, Inc, The city of Rocky Mount and RMECDC will sponsor the 2012 Harambee Festival, Friday May 4th from 1:30-7:00pm and Sat. May 5th 11:00am -8:00pm at the Booker T. Theatre, 170 E. Thomas St. For more information call 252-442-5178 or visit the website at www.rmecdc.org.
· Historic Mile Marker Ceremony for Ms. Ella Baker, 1903-1986: Ms. Baker was a civil rights leader. She organized the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, April 1960, at Shaw University. Sun. June 24 at 2:00pm, Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church, 903 Main Street, Littleton. Mile Marker will be erected on US 1581 NC 903 Main Street and East End Ave of Littleton. For more information call Florine Bell at (252) 537-9843 or Micheal Hill at 919-807-7290.
· The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service 9th Annual Women in Office Institute, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh. Session I. Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1 and Session II Thursday, July 26 – Saturday, July 28. Applications accepted until April 2, 2012. For more information call 919-832-9996 or visit the website at www.nccwps.org.
· Freedom School Summer Camp, Peacemakers Family Community Center, 1725 Davis Street, Rocky Mount, Mon. June 18 –Friday, July 27 from 8am – 3pm. Transportation is available on an as needed basis. For more information contact Cheri L. Pullen at 252-314-5616. Application deadline is May 15, 2012. Also visit the website at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs-campaigns/freedom-schools/
· Proctors needed at all local public schools-Halifax, Weldon, Roanoke Rapids! Please volunteer. To properly administer the End of Grade tests, all schools must have one testing administrator and one proctor per classroom. A proctor is responsible for assisting the test administrator in monitoring the students while testing. They will help hand out supplies like calculators and pencils and assist with any needed breaks. The proctor does not interact with the students while testing. The tests are given for several days at the end of May and usually require about 3 hours. Please help our local schools by calling the school nearest you and volunteering to be a proctor or call Duna Dickinson at 252-519-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE RURAL CENTER DOES IT AGAIN … AWARDS THREE GRANTS
The NC Rural Center awarded the Town of Weldon a $32,350.00 grant, to support the reuse of an 8,700 sq. feet building. Southwest Fiberglass Pools, Inc., will reuse the property to establish a distribution facility. The company committed to create three new, full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $16, 640, including benefits. The grant was awarded from the Building and Reuse and Restoration Program.
The NC Rural Center awarded the City of Roanoke Rapids a $67,500.00 grant, to purchase a camera system for inspecting, maintaining and mapping the city’s utilities. The grant was awarded under the Clean Water Bond Supplemental Grants Program.
The NC Rural Center awarded the Town of Spring Hope a $125,000.0 grant, for the Invitation to NC STEP Community (Planning Phase $25K; Implementation Phase $100K). The grant was awarded under the NC Small Towns Economic Prosperity (NC Step) Demonstration Program.
DID YOU KNOW
Local and Branch Office Former Offender Specialists, Jim Korth, Former Offender Coordinator – Contact them for assistance.
Former Offender Specialist with Department of Commerce -Employment Security Commission in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax and Franklin counties:
Roanoke Rapids, Mike Holman, 252-537-4188 (p), 252-535-7943 (f)
1620 East 10th Street
Rocky Mount, Sharon Williams, 252-977-3306 (p), 252-446-2720 (f)
121 S. Fairview Road, Rocky Mount, NC
Tarboro (Rocky Mount) ES Only, 252-823-6742 (p), 252-641-5799 (f)
2009 W. Wilson Street
Louisburg (Henderson) Clarence Barnes (919) 496-6250 (p), (919) 496-7611 (f)
Raise the Age Advocacy Guide Is Here
The 2012 Raise the Age Advocacy Guide is here! This guide will provide you with the tools to take action and to help you make your case to decision-makers! With input from our RTA allies, this guide was created just for YOU! The guide includes:
- Raise the Age main message
- The Raise the Age myths and facts
- How to talk with media
- How to write a letter to the editor
- Examples of how to write your legislator
- A script for calling your legislator
- Delivering key messages
For more information contact: Action for Children North Carolina at 919.834-6623 or visit the website at: http://www.ncchild.org/sites/default/files/raise%20the%20age%20advocacy%20guide.pdf.
April 2012 — Legislative Research Commission Criminal Record Expunctions Committee Report
The Committee recommends that the General Assembly enact Legislative Proposal I:
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR EXPUNCTION OF NONVIOLENT FELONIES OR NONVIOLENT MISDEMEANORS AFTER 15 YEARS FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD NO OTHER CONVICTIONS FOR FELONIES OR MISDEMEANORS OTHER THAN TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS STATE, OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION.
FYI: Good Democratic Legislation Introduced In Long Session, That Republican Majority Would Not Take Up.
1. Save jobs, create jobs and enhance North Carolina’s status as one of the best places to do business
H479 Small Business New Job Creation Incentive
Creates tax credits for small business job creation. Firms with no more than 50 employees that meet the requirements would be entitled to tax credits based on whether they were in a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 county.
H628 Development Ready Jobs Study
Directs the Revenue Laws Study Committee to study policies and incentives that can help stimulate the creation of development ready sites to aid in job recruitment and retention
H872 Smart Grid Job Creation and Retention Act
Tax credits for research regarding technologies for modern electric grid
H708 Study Water & Sewer Service Providers
Directs the Environmental Review Commission to study the reduction and consolidation of the statutory models for establishing, operating and financing certain organizations that provide water and sewer services, a needed part of the state’s business infrastructure.
2. Protect our education system from cuts that would devastate public education and our children’s future
H891 Restore Teacher Assistant Funds – Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant
Restore $200 million to the education budget solely for teacher assistants.
H702 Establish Minimum Wage Worker Scholarship Fund – Co-Sponsored by Rep. Angela R.Bryant
Provide college scholarships of up to $12,500 a year for students who have worked long term in minimum wage jobs
H94 Local Flexibility Re: School Calendar
Give local school systems flexibility to establish their school calendars
H770 Reduce & Prevent School Discipline Problems – Co-Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant
Amend the school discipline law to reduce, prevent disruptive behaviors, suspensions and expulsions
H247 Enhance Charter School Accountability
Bill to eliminate cap on charter schools and to provide enhanced accountability for charter school academic performance
3. Help our most vulnerable citizens. We will fight to preserve the critical services needed as our economy recovers. We will not turn our back on those in our community who are struggling
H246 Modify Homestead Property Tax Exclusion
Raise homestead exemption for seniors from $25,000 to $35,000
H668 Increase Deduction: Volunteer Rescue Workers
Increase income tax deduction for volunteer rescue workers from $250 to $400
H356 Psychological Counseling for Jurors
Counseling for jurors exposed to graphic or disturbing evidence
H676 UI/Implement EB Three-Year Look Back
Extend federal unemployment benefits to 40,000 residents at no cost to the state
4. Respect and protect the rights of all North Carolinians
H746 Citizen Participation Act– Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant
Act to protect the Constitutional right of citizens to participate in government proceedings
H682 Require Domestic Violence Training/Certain Persons
Require domestic violence training for prosecutors; magistrates, mediators, custody evaluators; parenting coordinators; guardians ad litem; public school educators
H729 Reckless Assault of a Child
Create the felony offense of reckless assault when someone over the age of 18 causes serious bodily injury to the brain of a child less than 5 years old by shaking the child
H478 Nondiscrimination in State/Employment
Amends State Personnel Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity to list of reasons employers cannot discriminate
H189 Require ABC Permittees to Be Tax Compliant
Provides that compliance with the state’s tax laws is a condition of holding an ABC permit and that an ABC permit may be revoked for failure to timely file a tax return or pay an overdue tax debt.
H752 Revolving Door
Extend the time period during which legislators and certain other public servants are prohibited from registering as a lobbyist after leaving office or employment. Prohibit public servants from accepting economic benefit from certain persons after leaving office or employment
H725 Ignition Interlock Required/All DWIs
Ignition locks required on vehicles before those convicted of DWI can qualify for a limited driving privilege
HEAR AND SEE LEGISLATURE LIVE DAILY
You don’t have to miss the Legislative Session. WRAL will live stream legislative sessions daily on their website. www. wral.com. Also, please remember that you can listen to some committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.net. Once on the site, select "Audio," and then make your selection – House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room. You can also view the bills I sponsor and co-sponsor from this website address