From The Office Of Rep. Shelly Willingham

 

 

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Rep. Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

501 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)

shellyw@ncleg.net

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Representative Shelly Willingham

        Dedicated to District 23

April 2, 2015

 

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

 

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

 

 

Please contact me with your concerns. 

 

The audio legislative session is available at http://www.ncleg.net.  Select “Audio and then House or Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room

 

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NC HOUSE & SENATE

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GOVERNOR SIGNS GAS TAX BILL

Senate Bill 20 would lower the state gas tax from 37.5 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon on Wednesday. But it would cancel out a much larger cut to the gas tax scheduled to take effect in July. Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said the current formula by which the gas tax is calculated, passed 25 years ago, is outdated and too inherently unstable to allow the state to plan for road and bridge construction and maintenance.  Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, took issue with the GOP characterization of the measure as a tax cut. “Consumers of this state need to know that, on July 1, in rounded terms, they’ll be paying 6 cents more for a gallon of gas,” Luebke said. “I think it’s important for people to know that.”  Read more here: http://www.wral.com/gas-tax-changes-head-to-governor/14551663/

 

NC BILL SIMILAR TO INDIANA’S “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM” LEGISLATION

North Carolina legislation that’s similar to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act could come up for debate in the state House as soon as this week. Identical bills were filed just last week in the House and Senate. And by Monday, there were signs that the firestorm that greeted Indiana’s recently enacted law could spread to North Carolina if the predominantly Republican legislature goes ahead with a similar measure. Critics said the legislation would provide legal cover for businesses and individuals who discriminate against gays and lesbians. That charge was disputed by conservative Christian leaders, who said North Carolina needs a law to protect people as they exercise the religious liberty guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article16956950.html

 

SENATE BILL GUTS REVENUE FOR CITIES, TOWNS

When state Sen. Harry Brown presented a plan this week to change how the state distributes sales tax revenues, few understood that language in the legislation would cause about half of North Carolina’s cities and towns to lose money. Brown, a Jacksonville Republican, acknowledged Friday that he is among them. Brown’s bill, which has the support of Senate Republican leadership, was introduced late Monday along with a chart showing that about 90 of the state’s 100 counties would gain revenue over a five-year span under the change. The plan would distribute sales tax revenue based on each county’s population, instead of allocating it by where goods are sold. 

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article16538819.html

 

COMPETING MEDICAID BILLS FILED

House Bill 372 and Senate Bill 574 serve as placeholders for legislators, including Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, trying to find common ground over differences.  Compromise discussions have been taking place formally for at least four months.

Two more bills — Senate bills 696 and 703 — revive dramatic measures, one of which failed to get out of a joint legislative oversight commission in February.  Senate Bill 701 would forbid the state from providing financing to primary care case management programs, such as Community Care of N.C. 

Read more here: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/n-c-legislators-file-competing-bills-to-reform-medicaid/article_3f01bb3e-d802-11e4-abcb-f7f5710e28ca.html

 

AUDITS FIND DEFICIENCIES, ERRORS AT COMMERCE, DHHS

During an audit period, the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security determined it had overpaid $50 million in unemployment insurance benefits in 54,527 cases; however, as many as one-quarter might not have required documentation to support the department’s conclusion, according to an audit….A wide-ranging audit of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services…found problems in many areas, including Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to name three. Instances of noncompliance included making overpayments to medical providers and errors with enrolling and terminating medical providers. In addition, auditors determined that the agency, led by Secretary Aldona Wos, did not implement full correction action on prior recommendations from the previous audit on DHHS. 

Read http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/03/31/audit-nc-commerce-records-unemployment-insurance.html

 

Read  http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/03/31/audit-finds-30-deficiencies-or-errors-with-dhhs.html

 

NATIONAL CHARTER CHAINS COULD GET EASIER PATH IN NC

Charter schools run by national chains would have an easier time branching out in North Carolina under a bill proposed by a powerful state senator. Senate Bill 456 would direct the state Board of Education to come up with a new process and set of rules for charter schools run by for-profit or nonprofit management companies to be able to replicate their model across the state.  This would apply to chains such as the for-profit Charter Schools USA or nonprofit KIPP. Both have at least one school in the Charlotte area and have plans for more.  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/your-schools-blog/article16934984.html

 

NEW BILL WOULD ALTER ABORTION LAWS

A bill filed by some Republican House members Wednesday would change certain restrictions on abortions. Those opposed to this bill said it would drastically change abortion in North Carolina. The bill would:

  • Increase the waiting period to get an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours
  • Require that the procedure would need to be done by a licensed obstetrician or gynecologist
  • Ban abortions at the medical schools at the University of North Carolina and East Carolina or facilities owned by them.

Read more here: http://www.wncn.com/story/28699021/new-bill-would-alter-nc-abortion-laws

 

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Homegoing Celebration For Otto Merlin Crews 90 Years of Age Enfield NC

My condolences goes out to my friend Evangeline Bullock of Shining Little Light and the entire family of the late Otto Crews Enfield NC.

I can’t say I know what you are going through because I have not lost a father, however I know God can and he will see you through. I didn’t know your daddy but 90 years of age. I trust and believe God was good to him because it is a blessing to be in this world for 90 years.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: You’ve Been So Good – Paul Porter and The Christianaires

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Governor Pat McCrory Signs NCEMPA Bill In Wilson NC Thursday April 2, 2015

The Political Agitator response: I remember when, Andre Knight, Carol Batchelor some others and myself found out about the ElectriCities back in the late 90’s when we held a utilities meeting at Truth Tabernacle in Rocky Mount. And now this is where we are now! But folks talk about us but all we have ever done was tried to make things better. However we recognized and understood that we had to keep fighting and continue to fight today. Thank you Andre Knight for continuing to fight the good fight. You got on the city council and then you got on the ElectriCities board and basically had to fight by yourself. Although folks don’t appreciate you and often misunderstand you due to ignance, they all benefit indirectly and/or directly. Again thank you my friend!

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Lawmakers approve ElectriCities plant-sale bill – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I remember when, Andre Knight, Carol Batchelor some others and myself found out about the ElectriCities back in the late 90’s when we held a utilities meeting at Truth Tabernacle in Rocky Mount. And now this is where we are now! But folks talk about us but all we have ever done was tried to make things better. However we recognized and understood that we had to keep fighting and continue to fight today. Thank you Andre Knight for continuing to fight the good fight. You got on the city council and then you got on the ElectriCities board and basically had to fight by yourself. Although folks don’t appreciate you and often misunderstand you due to ignance, they all benefit indirectly and/or directly. Again thank you my friend!

The N.C. House voted unanimously Wednesday to approve N.C. Senate legislation to allow the sale of power plants in Eastern North Carolina to Duke Progress Energy, which should soon lower customer electric bills in Rocky Mount and Tarboro.

Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign the bill into law today at a ceremony in Wilson.

The legislation would allow Duke to purchase power generating assets, including Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, from the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency, one-half of ElectriCities, which produces and supplies power to 32 municipalities in Eastern North Carolina.

The finalized deal would reduce electricity rates and spur job growth and economic development across Eastern North Carolina, said N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, a primary sponsor of the Senate bill. (Source: Read more)

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