Rep. Shelly Willinghan Legislative Lane Friday June 26, 2020

LEGISLATIVE LANE – Friday June 26, 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


State Investment in Water Rescue Equipment Pays off for Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT: As floodwaters rose this week along the Tar River to levels not seen since Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, water rescue teams from the Rocky Mount Fire Department put some new state-provided equipment into action, rescuing people stranded in their homes and vehicles.

“We are grateful for our first responders who rescued people during these floods and brought them to safety,” said Governor Cooper. “Having the right equipment to do the job saves lives.”

More than $2 million in search and rescue funding was included in Governor Cooper’s 2019 budget and appropriated by the legislature. Last July, North Carolina Emergency Management distributed $1.4 million in new gear to water rescue teams across the state, including boats, motors, fuel tanks, life jackets, dry suits, paddles and maintenance supplies. 

The Rocky Mount Fire Department received two inflatable swift water rescue boats and motors valued at approximately $55,000. Rocky Mount Fire was one of 26 agencies that received new equipment last summer. 

“This investment in our local water rescue teams makes us stronger and more prepared as a state,” said Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “The Rocky Mount Fire Department was able to respond and assist its residents this week, and those of surrounding communities, without needing to wait for help from elsewhere.”

“The resources provided to our swiftwater team by the state of North Carolina have proven to be especially valuable over the past three days and have played a key role in the success of our team assisting our citizens,” said RMFD Battalion Chief of Operations and Swiftwater Emergency Rescue Team member Charles Bunn, III. “We are grateful for these resources that have allowed us to fulfill our mission of serving the City of Rocky Mount by protecting lives and property through quality and excellence in service.”

Using a combination of boats and high-clearance trucks, Rocky Mount firefighters were able to assist 92 people and four pets in evacuating 75 flooded homes. About 20 commercial buildings in town were also affected by floodwaters. The American Red Cross is assisting some of the flooded-out residents with temporary shelter.


Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all ESRD (kidney failure) patients through education and advocacy. We are is a national, non-profit, patient-led organization located in Washington, DC with offices in Chicago, IL and Sacramento, CA.

Kidney failure patients are particularly vulnerable to viruses and infections, and the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting their lives. As I shared with you in April, we are providing our members with critical information they need to safely navigate through the pandemic since kidney patients must continue to dialyze as a matter of life and death.

· The DPC Education Center website at is dedicated to improving kidney patients’ quality of life and reducing the impact of ESRD through education and awareness of dialysis and kidney disease issues. While the website can be translated into multiple languages via Google Translation, we also offer a dedicated Spanish section ( for those who prefer to read content in Spanish.

· The Kidney Citizen magazine provides timely information on a variety of topics. Distribution is via mail and electronically at If you’d like to be added to the distribution list of this free publication, please reply to this email with your preferred mailing address.

As North Carolina focuses on the needs of vulnerable populations in light of COVID-19. Kidney failure is on the rise and disproportionately impacts communities of color that already experience many health disparities. Please keep ESRD patients in mind. They depend on state resources such as Medicaid, transportation services, chronic renal disease programs, access to Medigap coverage and increased access to living organ donation.


Governor Cooper Signs 12 Bills, Vetoes One

Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:

· House Bill 158: Covid-19 New Driver Response

· House Bill 472: NCSU/ NC A&T Matching Funds/ Umstead Act

· House Bill 1208: Funding for Workforce Housing Loan Program

· House Bill 1136: Funds for NCSSM – Morganton Campus

· House Bill 1071: Funds to DPI for ADM Growth

· Senate Bill 379: Retirement System Admin. Changes

· Senate Bill 562: The Second Chance Act

Governor Cooper shared this statement on SB 562:

“We can give people who make amends for past mistakes the opportunity to clear their records. This bill offers that opportunity and a path to good jobs and a brighter future.” 

· Senate Bill 720: GSC Conforming Amends./ 2019 Land-Use Changes

· Senate Bill 729: GSC Modernize Partition Laws

· Senate Bill 801: Military Presence Stabilization Fund/ Funding

· Senate Bill 806: Capital Appropriation – Western Carolina Univ.

· Senate Bill 836: State Operations/ Increase Federal Funds Use

Governor Cooper also vetoed the following bill:

House Bill 594: Temp Open Gyms/ Health Clubs/ Fitness Ctrs

Governor Cooper shared this statement on HB 594:

“Tying the hands of public health officials in times of pandemic is dangerous, especially when case counts and hospitalizations are rising. State and local officials must be able to take swift action during the COVID-19 emergency to prevent a surge of patients from overwhelming hospitals and endangering the lives of North Carolinians. The bill could restrict leaders who need to respond quickly to outbreaks and protect public health and safety.”


“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

— Frank Jackson

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, Click Audio and Committee Room 1228 LB)

· Insurance

· Residential Planning and Permitting

· Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House

· State and Local Government


#Blacklivesmatter #Iwatchedvideo

#Iamnotok #Ibeenengagedbeforenow
#Coronavirusstayfocused #Stayhome

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

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