From The Office Of Representative Shelly Willingham




Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

300 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)


Representative Shelly Willingham

        Dedicated to District 23

May 12, 2016








Alcoholic Beverage Control


Appropriations –   Information Technology




Judiciary IV


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REPRESENTATIVE WILLINGHAM on receiving the GREEN TIE clip_image006Award on May 11, 2016.  The GREEN TIE Award recognizes rising stars at the General Assembly.  These rising stars are voices that North Carolina citizens can count on to ensure the environment is a priority, particularly when there are difficult decisions and conflicting interests.




REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment.  Read more here:

NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits

North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here:


Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Read more here:


Legislative Leaders Set Budget Target

The House and Senate haven’t yet announced details about their budget plans. House budget subcommittees have been meeting this week, and Dollar has said he hopes to have his chamber’s proposal ready in the coming weeks. Agreeing on a spending target early in the process could help avoid the lengthy budget impasse lawmakers faced last year, when the final budget wasn’t approved until nearly three months after the fiscal year began. In 2015, the House passed a budget that increased spending by 5 percent, while the Senate’s budget bill had a 2 percent spending increase. It took weeks of negotiations to arrive at a $21.74 billion budget target, which was a 3.1 percent increase. This year’s budget will bring a smaller increase in state spending, and the decision drew praise from the conservative Americans For Prosperity.  Read more here:


NC House Raises Penalties for Drunk Boating

The House voted unanimously Thursday to increase the penalty for impaired boat operators who seriously injure or kill someone. House Bill 958 is named after Sheyenne Marshall, a Cabarrus County teenager who was killed on Lake Norman on July 4, 2015. “Sheyenne Marshall was a very beautiful 17-year-old young lady with a love for life and a lot going for her,” said bill sponsor Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus. “She was on a kneeboard, and a boater who was drunk nearly hit the boat. He swerved to miss the boat but ran over her and killed her.  “The sentencing for this act is way out of proportion to if the same thing had been done with a car. What’s the difference?” Pittman asked. Under current law, boating while impaired is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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