Legislative Lane-COVID-19 Friday June 12, 2020


Friday June 12, 2020



The Honorable Shelly Willingham


..At YOUR Service!..

300 N Salisbury Street

Legislative Office Building

Suite 513

Raleigh, NC 27603



(919) 715-3024 (O)

(919) 754-3224 (F)



Edgecombe & Martin









Second Chance Act (SB 562)

After 13 months of legislative inaction, the Second Chance Act (SB 562) passed the NC House yesterday on a unanimous vote. It had previously passed the NC Senate unanimously before leadership stalled the bill in the House.


The Second Chance Act is an important step in improving expunctions in North Carolina. Expunctions help people who committed crimes a long time ago to clear their records and improve their opportunities for jobs.


Here are some important improvements the bill makes:

–      Provides automatic record clearing for charges dismissed or disposed of as “not guilty.”

–      Allows expunctions for people whose convictions are treated as juvenile offenses under Raise the Age.

–      Expands eligibility for expunctions for people who have been convicted of multiple nonviolent misdemeanors.


House Democrats Stand Strong to Stop Re-Opening Bars

Last week the General Assembly passed HB 536 to re-open bars in North Carolina even while hospitalizations in our state hit a record-high. Governor Cooper vetoed it.

On Wednesday, the House Republican leadership scheduled the veto override vote. While much of our legislative work and votes can be done using remote means, the wording in our state constitution requires veto votes to be in person. So lawmakers in both parties who had been using remote technology had to come vote in person.


When it became apparent that the Democrats had all shown up and the Republican leadership would lose the veto vote, they cancelled the vote. So the bill to re-open bars remains blocked.


Re-Opening Bars (again), Gyms, and Taking Power Away from Public Health Officials

The veto of the bar bill prompted Republican leaders to try a different approach. They cobbled together a proposal to re-open bars and gyms into HB 594 (a bill that previously dealt with homeowners’ association bylaws). Included was a power play to take power away power from Governor Cooper’s public health team at the Department of Health and Human Services and give it to the Council of State. The Council of State are elected statewide politicians like the Commissioner of Agriculture and the State Auditor. They are all elected to do important jobs, none of which involve issues of public health. Stripping away the power of Governor Cooper’s public health team would limit their ability to respond to illegal mass gatherings and to respond to changing COVID-19 conditions.


The new bill never received a House committee hearing and no amendments or changes were allowed. Instead, it was rushed to the floor for a full vote.


Other News

House Democrats want Republicans to set aside differences to attack systemic racism

NC Policy Watch

House Democrats discuss how to respond to systemic racism


NC House Democrats Highlight Crucial First Steps In Addressing Systemic Racism

Spectacular Magazine





Saturday June 13th – 9am 

Southeast Rocky Mount Community “Farm to Family” Project 2020 Food Distribution – 704 Arlington St. Rocky Mount, NC 27801 – drive through service.



Contract Extended Through 2023


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA Dr. Evan D. Duff has been named the eighth President of North Carolina Wesleyan College. The announcement came early this month from Dr. Dan Crocker, Chair of thDuff was appointed as Acting President by the Board of Trustees on June 10, 2019 and later accepted a two-year contract as Interim President. Following recent discussions with faculty and staff, a consensus decision was made by the Board of Trustees in their May 29 assembly to appoint Duff as President and extend his contract for an additional two years. The extension positions Duff as President for the College through May 31, 2023.


In his statement to faculty and staff, Dr. Crocker, Chair of the Board, noted “the remarkable manner in which Dr. Duff took the reins since last summer, leading both efficiently and effectively.” He also mentioned “the extraordinary financial turnaround [of the College] in just one year with Evan at the helm.”


Over the last year, Dr. Duff has worked diligently with the Provost and faculty to develop new academic programs, namely Wesleyan’s new RN to BSN Program, set to begin this fall. In collaboration with faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees, he has been instrumental in developing a new vision, core values and a comprehensive strategic plan for the College, while providing significant leadership in the College’s efforts to finalize the educational space of Wesleyan’s new Indoor Sports and Education Facility, currently under construction.


The Executive Advisory Committee of the Board agreed to complete a yearly formal presidential assessment, which is currently in-process under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Stern, Chair of NC Wesleyan’s Faculty Council. Critiques from this assessment will be a valuable resource for both the Board of Trustees and Dr. Duff as he continues to lead the College.


“I am humbled by this opportunity that the Board has granted me, and I look forward to serving the faculty, staff, students, alumni, area churches and the community as we all continue to ensure the mission of the College is met. There is no greater time than the present to ensure our students are informed and educated citizens who are passionate about being positive change agents,” said Dr. Duff.




“Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.”

— Stephen Covey



STAY Home, Healthy and Hopeful!



PHASE II REMINDER: The virus is still circulating, and there’s no cure or vaccine yet, so people still need to be cautious. People should remember the 3 W’s when they leave home:

1.      Wear a face covering

2.     Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds at a time

3.     Wait 6 feet apart from other people


Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)






2020 House Committee Assignments


·        Alcoholic Beverage Control

·        Appropriations

·        Appropriations-Transportation


·        Congressional Redistricting


·        Disaster Relief


·        Economic Development & Global Engagement

·        Elections and Ethics Law


·        House Select Committee on COVID-19 (REMOTE ONLY with Public Access via http://www.ncleg.gov, Click Audio and Committee Room 1228 LB)

·        Insurance


·        Residential Planning and Permitting

·        Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House


·        State and Local Government



The Attack on Greenwood 1921 Tulsa Massacre Black Wall Street

The Political Agitator’s response: I don’t want to hear a damn thing about the looting and other negatives as it relates to the Black Lives Matter Movement today. I will let the looters deal with that along with Law Enforcement. If you ain’t going to stay focused on BLM the positive side and that is to talk about the movement and not a moment. The BLM is about folk who are seeking changes politically. The looters are not a part of the BLM but seizing the moment do what they do. It pisses me off to hear Black Folk say negative mess and don’t even know what the hell they are talking about. So let’s talk about the Tulsa Massacre. I’ll wait!

The 1921 Attack on Greenwood was one of the most significant events in Tulsa’s history. Following World War I, Tulsa was recognized nationally for its affluent African American community known as the Greenwood District. This thriving business district and surrounding residential area was referred to as “Black Wall Street.” In June 1921, a series of events nearly destroyed the entire Greenwood area.

On the morning of May 30, 1921, a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main with a woman named Sarah Page. The details of what followed vary from person to person. Accounts of an incident circulated among the city’s white community during the day and became more exaggerated with each telling.

Tulsa police arrested Rowland the following day and began an investigation. An inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune spurred a confrontation between black and white armed mobs around the courthouse where the sheriff and his men had barricaded the top floor to protect Rowland. Shots were fired and the outnumbered African Americans began retreating to the Greenwood District. (Read More)

#Blacklivesmatter #Iwatchedvideo 

#Iamnotok #Ibeenengagedbeforenow
#Coronavirusstayfocused #Stayhome

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Tarboro NC – Former Tarboro Town Councilman Says Tarboro Police Department Is Or Was Becoming Militarized

Melvin Muhammad

To My Home Folk, Your TPD is or was Becoming Militarized! I Know I tried to Stop some of the senseless purchases. Check the Returned Inventory of Disgraced former TMgr. That was just a peek!

Eric Newton Tarboro got hidden artillery they have assault rifles like military an cops in Cali. Why ain’t snit Poppin it tarboro but trained minds scared to speak up accept anything the slave master s do. Tarboro need big change in alot of ways period. Sure ain’t no Malcom X or Martin Luther Kings in this Town and if they are they keep quite cause they already know tarboro minorities ain’t got their back in full force. SMDH

Melvin Muhammad WellDam,Tboro27886
BLM now! This what it took?
Remember a few years ago most was screaming
Hell No to an event & name. Black Family Day!

The Political Agitator’s response: I remember the event that they didn’t want to take place in Tarboro. I also remember when you, Andre Knight and met with Edgecombe Community College trying to get them to consider hiring a Black President when Hartwell Fuller died. But they hired a Caucasian Female. But today we have a Black President.


Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Atlanta police chief resigns after fatal police shooting

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The Political Agitator’s response: I understand the guy was drunk and he should not have taken the officer’s Taser and ran. But just because he attempted to use the Taser on the officers where was the threat that they had to shoot him with a real gun? But were the officers lives in danger during the time shown?


Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020