Rep. Shelly Willingham Newsletter – Thursday May 28, 2015

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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

May 28, 2015

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

HOUSE & SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS & SESSION INFO:

www.ncleg.net

HOUSE BUDGET SUMMARY

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13 of 18 Democratic Amendments Adopted Mitigate Damage in House Budget

RALEIGH, NC – House Democrats successfully added the majority of their amendments, that made it to a vote on the House budget.   Democrats offered 18 amendments that were voted on and 13 of the 18 were adopted.

“We were able to mitigate some of the damage in this budget through our amendments that passed on the floor.  The budget should have reflected the priorities of the people of North Carolina yet it fails to retain our best teachers.    Sadly, it fails to raise incomes for middle-class families, fails to recruit new jobs, and – after losing Volvo to South Carolina – fails to make North Carolina competitive,” said Democratic Leader Larry Hall.

“The budget does not address the needs of the majority of the people in this state.   Republicans made devastating cuts in the last several budgets and this budget does not repair that damage. Contrary to claims of support for education, this budget failed to put teacher assistants back into our classrooms.   These micro increases that do not completely restore or surpass support levels prior to Republican cuts do not materially support education, our economy, or the needs of the people.”

Adopted Democratic Floor Amendments:

· Lottery Funds to supplement, not supplant, public education funding

· Disclosure on Use of Lottery Proceeds

· Corner Store Initiative – “Healthy Food Small Retailers”

· $200k of UNC funds to be used for repairs to World War Memorial Stadium at NC A&T State University

· Repeal Closing of Department of Revenue Rocky Mount Call Center

· Joint Study of Justice and Public Safety and Behavioral Health

· Targeted Case Management Services Pilot Program

· Report of Hospice Residential Beds

· Residential Hospice Funds used for non-profit and publicly funded hospice related care facilities

· Grants for Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Agencies

· Collaboration with State Board of Education with Regional Education Service Alliances

· Workers’ Compensation Claims

· DOT funds allocated to each county based on pavement condition scores

House Budget Faces Uncertain Future

McCrory proposed a $21.5 billion General Fund budget for 2015-16, and $22.2 billion for 2016-17. The House budget is set at $22.2 billion the first year and $22.4 billion the second. The chamber’s plan is a 6.3 percent increase for the biennium over the 2014-15 budget.  Asked for a reaction to the House proposal, McCrory spokesman Rick Martinez responded, “The governor stands by his budget.” “I would imagine [Senate leader Phil] Berger, and the leadership of many of our senators, want to maintain what we have accomplished with tax reform, and actually move it in the direction of less credits, less deductions and exemptions, and continue lowering the rates,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Read More: www.carolinajournal.com.

HOUSE PASSES BILL ALLOWING MAGISTRATES TO OPT OUT OF SAME SEX MARRIAGES

The N.C. House voted 65-45 Wednesday to allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings – legislation that stems from the legalization of same-sex marriages in North Carolina last year.  Because the House made no changes to the legislation already approved by the Senate, it will go directly to Gov. Pat McCrory.  In March, McCrory voiced concerns about the bill and said he won’t sign it. He stopped short; however, of saying he would veto it.  The governor can allow bills to become law without his signature. Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and register of deeds employees to be exempt from performing weddings if they have a religious objection. 

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article22486821.html

FEDS: NC FOOD STAMP APPROVAL TIME AMONG SLOWEST IN THE NATION

The federal government is again threatening to withdraw operational funding for North Carolina’s food stamp program – this time over the speed at which health officials are approving applications. In a letter to the state’s health agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Carolina social services workers failed to approve applications within the required 30-day window, or one week for emergency applications. In 2013, the state processed those applications an average of 75 percent of the time, ranking fifth from the bottom when compared to the rest of the country. This means North Carolina lags behind neighbors Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina and even territories such as the Virgin Islands and Guam. 

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/feds-nc-food-stamp-approval-among-slowest-in-nation/14670357/

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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

 

WISHING YOU A

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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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Newsletter: Rep. Shelly Willingham District 23 February 16, 2015

 

 

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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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Edgecombe  Martin

        Dedicated to District 23

February 16, 2015

 

2015-2016 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.

THE DISTRICT

 

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·       ALLISON DURHAM (Martin County) appointed to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences Advisory Commission.

 

·       MARK PETRUZZIELLO (Edgecombe County) appointed to the Edgecombe County Community College Board of Trustees.

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RALEIGH & STATE NEWS

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NC COMEBACK?  NOT FOR WAGES

A strong recovery should mean bigger paychecks. And yet, wage growth has been decidedly lackluster in the last several years, a sure sign that North Carolina’s comeback is far from complete.  Despite corporate profits being at an all-time high and productivity increasing, the recovery has not translated into improved earnings for the average worker.  The latest data from December 2014 shows that across the state average wages have remained flat year over year and in eight of the state’s fourteen metro areas average wages have fallen.  Economists generally say that wage growth needs to be at least 3.5 to 4 percent to deliver returns to worker’s paychecks or at least to ensure that labor is enjoying a stable share of the benefits of a recovering economy.

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/02/11/economic-comeback-in-nc-not-when-it-comes-to-the-wages-real-people-are-bringing-home/

 

NC EXPORTS UP—ALONG WITH IMPORTS

North Carolina imports more than all but 12 states, but ranks 15th among the states in terms of exports. Canada represents North Carolina’s largest export partner, accounting for 22 percent of the state’s sales, followed by Mexico at 10 percent and China with 9 percent. “North Carolina’s continued export growth shows the international demand for the quality products made in our state,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in a statement.  “The global economy offers increasing export opportunities, and we’re ready to make the link in services and assistance North Carolina companies need to grow and create jobs here at home.”  McCrory’s press office did not immediately return a request for comment on the trade deficit.

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/02/09/north-carolina-2014-exports-trade-deficit-increase.html

 

SEANC DIRECTOR DANA COPE RESIGNS

The longtime executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina has resigned amid questions about possible financial improprieties at the group.  Dana Cope announced his departure Tuesday. “In recent days, I’ve come to realize that in carrying out the duties of my job, I have blurred the line between my personal life and my professional life,” said Cope.  The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that the association had paid $109,000 in unbid landscaping work to a company that also worked at Cope’s home.  The article also detailed spending of more than $8,000 for flight lessons for Cope and personal expenses paid with association credit cards that included eyebrow waxing.

http://abc11.com/politics/seanc-executive-director-dana-cope-resigns/511755/

NEW HOUSE SPEAKER MEETS WITH REV. BARBER

House Speaker Tim Moore met for about an hour today with Rev. William Barber and other leaders of the “Moral Monday” movement, which has led protests against Republican-crafted policies at the General Assembly building for the past two years. It marked the first time since protests began at the General Assembly that a sitting House speaker had met with Barber and protest leaders.  Barber said U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who served as House speaker during the last four years, had never agreed to meet with protest leaders.

http://www.wral.com/speaker-moore-meets-with-moral-monday-leaders/14440411/#0VGTuCFrwRsFrDSI.99

 

 

Two Vacancy Announcements & Business & Networking Expo

 

Email Alert from the Office of Rep. Angela R. Bryant, NC House District 7 Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013; and Nash and Franklin Counties – Jan 2013 – 2014

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**TWO JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS &

BUSINESS & NETWORKING EXPO**

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The Executive Source

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Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines

Raleigh Headquarters

Position to be Filled January/February 2013

 

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

 

Girl Scouting is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary as the preeminent girl-focused organization in the United States.  It remains unsurpassed in its ability to create opportunities for the empowerment of girls through the collaboration of girls, families, volunteers, staff, community partners, and funders.  Girl Scouting helps girls discover their own sense of self, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to make the world a better place.

 

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Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines announces a broad-based search for CEO due to the upcoming retirement of its CEO in January 2013.  Building on the successes of recent years and the traditions of its legacy councils, the incoming CEO will lead the Council to provide Girl Scouting’s pre-eminent personal and leadership development programs for girls ages 5-17 in all parts of the jurisdiction.   

 

The CEO is accountable for providing leadership, strategic direction and vision for the development and achievement of the organization’s mission in partnership with the Council’s board of directors.  In addition, the CEO directs the Council’s day-to-day operations through the senior management team.  Of particular importance is advancing the Council’s relevance in the community through outreach to and collaboration with community partners.   Responsible for stewardship of the Council’s human, material and fiscal assets, the CEO provides oversight for policies and practices that affect members, staff and volunteers.  The CEO plays a crucial role, in conjunction with the board of directors, in risk management and mitigation covering girl and adult members’ physical risk, financial and business operational risk and brand risk.  Of critical importance is developing and implementing a communications strategy that enhances the image of the Council and effectively reaches out to the diverse population of the Council’s jurisdiction.  The CEO will play a key role in planning, managing and implementing program, revenue and fund development initiatives of the Council.   

 

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has current girl membership of 33,500 girls, 10,000+ adult volunteers and a staff of 71 full-time employees.  Its annual operating budget is $8.5 million, with a recent capital budget of $0.5 million.  It maintains 3 service centers and 6 program sites with out-based staff at 12 offices. 

 

CEO QUALIFICATIONS

 

The CEO will possess solid C-level business skills with a minimum of 7 years’ executive level experience including P/L accountability, and 8 or more years in managerial roles of progressive responsibility.  In addition, we seek excellence across a broad range of executive and managerial functions, including financial management, fund development, business development, planning, board relations, staff/volunteer relations, and the use of social media for business communications.  Of particular importance will be demonstrated leadership within or on behalf of organizations that are highly reliant on volunteers and that serve a youth membership constituency.  It is expected that candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree, with advanced degree preferred. 

 

Personal attributes of the CEO will include a girl-centered attitude, dedication to the mission of Girl Scouting at all times, and the drive to be the voice for girls throughout the Council’s jurisdiction.  The CEO will be a person of strong ideals and integrity who has a combination of vision, strategic, and operational planning abilities and who can serve as a role model of best management practices and solid decision-making.  The new CEO will possess a style of leadership that embraces partnerships, is collaborative, and that empowers stakeholders to achieve their highest potential, all the while meeting mutually agreed upon accountability measures.  The CEO will be recognized as a community leader in the Council’s jurisdiction, or have the executive presence and profile to achieve this quickly after appointment. 

 

Skilled corporate, non-profit, and higher education executives dedicated to providing world-class leadership development opportunities for the girls of eastern North Carolina are encouraged to apply for this outstanding executive leadership position.  If this is your background and you share a passion for advancing the lives of girls, we want to speak with you.

 

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

 

The Council offers a competitive compensation plan commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individual selected.  There is a comprehensive benefits package, including generous time off, health, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance options, self-directed 403(b) Thrift plan, including company match, flexible spending plan option, and other attractive features.  Relocation support will be considered. 

 

 

THE COMMUNITIES AND JURISDICTION SERVED

 

The Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves 41 counties in central and eastern North Carolina with a diversified economy representing (among others) – agribusiness and agriculture, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, defense, hospitality industries, information technology and software development companies, and nationally ranked research and healthcare universities.  The Council’s headquarters in Raleigh, NC is very close to the Research Triangle Park with its Fortune 100 companies as well many entrepreneurial ventures.  The Triangle has over one million residents with an international airport, rail service covering the east coast and excellent interstate highways.  Central and eastern North Carolina is justifiably proud of its people, historic places and beach and mountain recreational opportunities.

 

Council web site:   http://www.nccoastalpines.org

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is an equal opportunity employer.

 

We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible to accommodate the Council’s need to fill this important position by early 2013.  For consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume along with salary history to: 

 

Bob Perodeau, Principal

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC

E-mail:  evergreen.source@att.net

P.O. Box 412  Haddonfield, NJ 08033-0412

Voice (800) 221 6663    www.egreensource.com

 

Providing executive recruiting services to Girl Scouts of the USA since 2001

 

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North Carolina General Assembly

Legislative Services Office

George R. Hall, Legislative Services Officer

 

 

 

August 29, 2012

 

*Vacancy Number: 1099-030951                 Position:         Legislative Analyst

Hiring Range:  $75,000-$110,000                 Working Title:    Medicaid /Mental                                                                                                              Health Staff Attorney

 

Closing Date:    September 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.               Division:         Research

 

*Vacancy number must be included on the application.

 

Interested applicants may obtain a General Assembly Application by requesting one from the address at the end of this announcement, by calling (919) 715-1210, by sending an electronic mail request to Judy.Braudwell@ncleg.net, or by visiting our web site at http://www.ncleg.net/NCGAInfo/Directories/Jobs.html.

 

 

Overview-Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly

The nonpartisan employees of the Research Division provide legal analysis, policy research, general information, and legislative drafting services for the 170 members of the North Carolina General Assembly. The employees of the Research Division serve as staff to the standing and study committees of the General Assembly. Employees are generally assigned to specified subject areas, may specialize in one or more subject areas, or may cover a range of subjects. 

 

Overview of the Medicaid/Mental Health Staff Attorney/Legislative Analyst Position

The Medicaid/Mental Health Staff Attorney/Legislative Analyst will serve as legal counsel and staff to standing and study committees of the House and Senate in the North Carolina General Assembly, specifically working with Health and Human Services Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees.  The employee in this position will provide legal counsel and advice to General Assembly members individually and collectively on the structure and delivery of Medicaid programs and services within the framework of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. The employee in this position must have a strong working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the United States Supreme Court Olmstead decision and their applicability to health and mental health services. This employee will work collaboratively with the staffs of the Fiscal Research and Bill Drafting Divisions.  

Duties of the position:

A Legislative Analyst, under general supervision:

·       Performs legal and policy research and analysis; gathers and analyzes information; writes reports, memos, and papers; and drafts legislation for legislative committees and individual legislators.

·       Coordinates the operations of a committee, interim committee, or commission with committee chairs and legislative staff, and answers questions of and makes presentations to legislative committees.

·       Develops work priorities, methods, and assignments at the request of or in consultation with legislators, supervisors, or other staff and then works independently to complete tasks.

·       Develops a specialized base of knowledge in assigned areas.

·       Staffs standing legislative and interim committees, consults with chairs to develop agendas and identify speakers, assists with meeting arrangements, and prepares background materials.

·       Compiles data and conducts legal or general research for legislative committees and individual legislators and presents alternative solutions as directed.

·       Meets with interest groups and government agencies on behalf of committees and individual legislators.

·       Summarizes and analyzes detailed documents, legislation, periodicals, and other written material.

·       Maintains research files and study records.

·       Reviews committee minutes.

·       Submits work product to the office director or designee for review of content, style, form, accuracy, objectivity, and consistency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

 

·       Working knowledge of the ADA and the United States Supreme Court Olmstead decision as it impacts the delivery of health and mental health services in North Carolina.

·       Ability to offer advice and counsel to members of the General Assembly on issues related to State compliance with the ADA and Olmstead.

·       Working knowledge of Medicaid programs and services and the delivery of services at the State level.

·       Knowledge of the Medicaid State Plan amendment process, the Medicaid waiver process, and experience with the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

·       Knowledge of how other states have successfully achieved community integration and provided supported housing and community health and mental health services.

·       Considerable knowledge of the principles, techniques, and procedures of public policy research and analysis.

·       Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local government organization and functions, including the legislative process.

·       Ability to maintain composure and work cooperatively under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, and the public on a daily basis.

·       Ability to work objectively and impartially with members of all political parties and on all policy issues and with respect to issues of the State.

·       Ability to understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, precedents, and legal opinions.

·       Ability to analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.

·       Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with other staff in a team setting.

·       Ability to prepare opinions and to draft legal and legislative documents.

·       Ability to present information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

·       Ability to function as a conscientious employee with a strong work ethic who pays attention to work product and process details.

·       Ability to perform both under general supervision and independently.

·       Willingness to follow office procedures and norms.

·       Willingness and ability to work extra and unpredictable hours as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

·       A law degree (J.D.) from an accredited law school, admission to the North Carolina Bar, at least seven (7) years of progressive legal experience, and experience working on legal issues related to the delivery of health or mental health services is required.

·       Litigation experience and experience providing legal advice in the areas of health, mental health, and or Medicaid is preferred.

·       Experience working in a legislative environment is preferred.

 

Application Process:

Application packet must include all of the following:

1.  A cover letter that includes reasons the candidate is interested in the position, and discussion of relevant experience.

2.  Resume.

3.  Official undergraduate transcript.

4.  Official law school transcript.

5.  Official graduate school transcript (if applicable).

6.  General Assembly Application (must be typed, no handwritten applications, see website for WORD version).

7.  List of three academic or professional references and three personal references including name, address, telephone      number and relationship to the applicant.

All of the following must be received in the North Carolina General Assembly Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

 

Submit all items to:                            Judy Braudwell

Personnel Office

North Carolina General Assembly

Room 5 Legislative Building

16 West Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

For information about the position:  Contact Walker Reagan, Research Division (919) 733-2578.

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Twin County Business & Networking Expo

Wednesday, Sept. 12th – 6pm

Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro

Twin County Democracy, our local chapter serving the Edgecombe-Nash region, is meeting this Wednesday September the 12th at 6pm at the Tarboro branch of the Edgecombe Community College in the McIntyre Building, Room A-141.  The campus is located at 2009 West Wilson Street, Tarboro, NC.

Whether you want to stock up on nonpartisan voter registration supplies, help us do voter registration and preregistration at the local high schools, help us plan a phone bank and distribution of nonpartisan voter guides next month, or just learn more about what Twin County Democracy is all about, please join us on Wednesday at 6pm!

For more information call Democracy North Carolina 919-286-6000

 

 

 

Report for Rep. Angela Bryant Halifax, Roanoke Rapids, Weldon, Nash-Rocky Mount, Edgecombe & Franklin 2011-2012 School Year High School Graduation, ABC & AYP (Complied on August 8, 2012 by Chris Faison)

Email Alert from the Office of Rep. Angela R. Bryant, NC House District 7 Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013; and Nash and Franklin Counties – Jan 2013 – 2014

 

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Report for Rep. Angela Bryant

Halifax, Roanoke Rapids, Weldon, Nash-Rocky Mount, Edgecombe & Franklin

2011-2012 School Year

High School Graduation, ABC & AYP

(Complied on August 8, 2012 by Chris Faison)

 

Note: All data is for the 2011-12 School Year. The dropout rate will be made available in February 2013.

*Highlights of the ABCs Program for the 2011-12 School Year.

            For the 2011-12 School Year, 2,482 public schools in North Carolina were assigned an ABC status. 18 schools were special education, vocational/career schools, or hospital schools. 28 schools had insufficient data and 3 schools violated the 95% participation rule (total schools 2,531). The Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) are presented for 2,520 of the state’s schools. 1,165 schools (46.2%) met all AMOs, while 1,355 schools (53.8%) did not meet all AMOs. Among the 1,083 Title I schools, 415 (38.3%) met all AMOs.

 

Halifax, Roanoke Rapids & Weldon Summary

ü  The 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report (2008-09 Entering 9th Graders Graduating in 2011-12 or Earlier) had Halifax with a 75.5.% rate (10-11: 71.5%), Roanoke Rapids with a 80.0% rate (10-11: 75.4%) & Weldon has a rate of 85.3% (10-11: 77.1%) [NC 80.2%, 10-11: 77.7%]

ü  Halifax had 0 of 11 schools meet all AMO targets (0%). In 10-11: 0 of 11 (0%) made AYP (remained constant from AYP to AMO).

ü  Roanoke Rapids had 1 of 4 schools meet all AMO targets (0%). In 10-11: 0 of 4 (0%) made AYP (increased by 25%, 1 more school made AMO).  

ü  Weldon had 2 of 4 schools meet all AMO targets (50%). In 10-11: 1 of 4 (25%) made AYP (increased by 25%, 1 more school made AMO).

 

Nash-Rocky Mount (N-RM), Edgecombe & Franklin Summary 

ü  The 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report (2008-09 Entering 9th Graders Graduating in 2011-12 or Earlier) had N-RM with a 76.7% rate (10-11: 74.7%), [NC 80.2%, 10-11: 77.7%]

ü  N-RM has 9 of 27 schools meet all AMO targets (33.3%).In 10-11: 4 of 27 (14.8%) made AYP (increased by 18.5%, 5 more schools made AMO).

ü  Edgecombe has 5 of 15 schools meet all AMO targets (33.3%).In 10-11: 2 of 15 (13.3%) made AYP (increased by 20%, 3 more schools made AMO).

ü  Franklin has 8 of 15 schools meet all AMO targets (53.3%).In 10-11: 4 of 15 (26.7%) made AYP (increased by 26.6%, 4 more schools made AMO).

 

2011-2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rates by LEA (School District)

LEA/School Name

Denominator

(students starting out)

Numerator

(students who graduated)

Percent

% Change from 2011

*Halifax County Schools

335

253

75.5

+4.0 %

Northwest HS

188

139

73.9

+0.8 %

Southeast Halifax HS

146

114

78.1

+6.6 %

*Roanoke Rapids City Schools

210

168

80.0

+4.6 %

Roanoke Rapids HS

210

168

80.0

+4.6 %

*Weldon City Schools

75

64

85.3

+8.2 %

Weldon STEM HS

75

64

85.3

+8.2 %

*North Carolina

111101

89126

80.2

+2.5 %

 

2011-2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rates by LEA (School District)

LEA/School Name

Denominator

(students starting out)

Numerator

(students who graduated)

Percent

% Change from 2011

*Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

1324

1016

76.7

+2.0 %

W L Greene Alternative

12

6

50.0

no change

Nash Central HS

312

232

70.4

+5.1 %

N-RMS Early College HS

47

>95

slight increase

Northern Nash HS

331

270

81.6

+1.1 %

Rocky Mount HS

302

233

77.8

-0.6 %

Southern Nash HS

296

235

79.4

-0.1 %

*Edgecombe County Schools

540

431

79.8

+4.8%

Edgecombe Early College HS

30

>95

no change

North Edgecombe HS

94

86

91.5

+16.8

SouthWest Edgecombe HS

224

168

75.0

+3.4

Tarboro HS

179

147

82.1

-1.9%

*Franklin County Schools

674

540

80.1

+1.2%

Bunn HS

237

195

82.3

+3.8%

Franklinton HS

245

204

83.3

+5.4%

Louisburg HS

188

141

75.0

-6.5%

*North Carolina

111101

89126

80.2

  +3.5 %

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Halifax County Schools

School Code & School

Grade Span

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

304 Aurelian Springs ES

PK-5

Yes

No

55.1

316 Dawson ES

PK-5

No

No

39.5

324 Enfield MS

6-8

Yes

No

42.6

328 Everetts ES

PK-5

No

No

45.8

336 Hollister ES

PK-5

No

No

51.0

340 Inborden ES

PK-5

No

No

29.6

346 Northwest HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

60.0

348 Pittman ES

PK-5

No

No

54.3

356 Scotland Neck Primary  

PK-3

No

No

50.0

358 SE Halifax HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

68.9

376 William R Davie MS

6-8

Yes

Yes

43.6

ABCs Status: HE-Honor Schools of Excellence; Exp-Expected Growth; Hgh-High Growth; Exc-School of Excellence; Dst-School of Distinction; Pro-School of Progress; Pri-Priorty School, MI-25 Most Improved K-8 Schools or 10 Most Improved High Schools; LP-Low Performing; NR-No Recognition; 95R-Less than 95% tested; AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress (No Child Left Behind Measure)

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Roanoke Rapids City Schools

School Code & School

Grade

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

ABCs Status

Met All AMO Targets

304 Belmont ES

PK-5

No

No

65.3

NR

No

306 Chaloner MS

6-8

Yes

No

77.6

Pro Exp

No

316 Roanoke Rapids HS

9-12

Yes

No

77.4

Pro Exp

Yes

328 WL Mann ES

PK-5

Yes

Yes

76.8

Pro Hgh

No

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Weldon City Schools

School Code & School

Grade

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

ABCs Status

Met All AMO Targets

310 Roanoke Valley EC

8-13

Yes

No

87.6

Dst Exp

Yes

314 Weldon ES

PK-4

No

No

50.0

Pri

No

318 Weldon MS

5-8

Yes

No

54.6

Pri Exp

No

700 Weldon STEM HS

9-12

Yes

No

73.8

Pro Exp

Yes

 

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

School Code & School

Grade

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

ABCs Status

Met All AMO Targets

304 Bailey ES

PK-5

Yes

No

79.9

Pro Exp

No

306 Bakersville ES

K-5

Yes

Yes

79.2

Pro Hgh

Yes

308 Benvenue ES

K-5

No

No

71.9

NR

No

316 Cedar Grove ES

PK-5

Yes

No

77.5

Pro Exp

Yes

320 Nash Central MS

6-8

No

No

65.5

NR

No

324 Coopers ES

PK-5

Yes

No

80.3

Dst Exp

Yes

326 D S Johnson ES

K-5

No

No

53.2

Pri

No

328 Englewood ES

3-5

Yes

No

67.8

Pro Exp

No

329 G R Edwards MS

6-8

Yes

No

60.7

Pro Exp

No

332 M B Hubbard ES

K-5

Yes

No

63.8

Pro Exp

No

334 J W Parker MS

6-8

No

No

65.9

NR

No

336 Middlesex ES

PK-5

No

No

68.7

NR

No

340 W L Greene Alter

6-12

Yes

No

21.8

Exp

No

346 Nash Central HS

9-12

No

No

68.4

NR

No

347 NRM Ear Col HS

9-13

Yes

Yes

89.8

Dst Hgh

Yes

348 Nashville ES

PK-5

Yes

No

87.6

Dst Exp

Yes

350 Northern Nash HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

74.8

Pro Hgh

Yes

354 O R Pope ES

K-5

Yes

No

57.7

Pri Exp

Yes

358 Red Oak MS

6-8

Yes

No

80.4

Dst Exp

No

360 Red Oak ES

K-2

No

No

No EOGs

NR

Yes

361 Rocky Mount HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

67.5

Pro Exp

No

362 So Nash MS

6-8

Yes

No

77.9

Pro Exp

No

364 South Nash HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

77.9

Pro Hgh

No

376 Sprng Hope ES

K-5

No

No

64.8

NR

No

384 Swift Creek ES

PK-5

No

No

79.5

NR

Yes

 

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Edgecombe County Schools

School Code & School

Grade Span

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

ABCs Status

Met All AMO Targets

304 GW Bulluck ES

PK-5

Yes

No

66.7

Pro Exp

No

308 G W Carver ES

PK-5

No

No

65.2

NR

No

310 Roberson Ctr for Ed Ac

6-12

No

No

22.7

NR

Yes

312 Coker-Wimberly ES

PK-5

No

No

50.4

Pri

No

324 CB Martin MS

7-8

Yes

No

53.4

Pri Exp

No

326 Edgecombe ECHS

9-13

Yes

Yes

92.0

HE Hgh

Yes

328 North Edgecombe HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

67.6

Pro Hgh

Yes

330 W A Pattillo A+ ES

4-6

No

No

50.9

Pri

No

332 Phillips MS

6-8

Yes

No

47.0

Pri Exp

No

334 Princeville Montessori

PK-5

No

No

50.0

Pri

No

340 South Edgecombe MS

6-8

Yes

No

64.8

Pro Exp

No

348 West Edgecombe MS

6-8

No

No

58.1

Pri

No

350 SW Edgecombe HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

60.9

Pro Hgh

No

354 Stocks ES

PK-3

No

No

69.2

NR

Yes

358 Tarboro HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

71.0

Pro Hgh

Yes

 

The ABCs of Public Education

2011-12 Growth & Performance of North Carolina Public Schools

Franklin County Schools

School Code & School

Grade Span

Met Expected

Met High

Performance Composite

ABCs Status

Met All AMO Targets

304 Bunn ES

K-5

Yes

No

79.0

Pro Exp

Yes

308 Bunn HS

9-12

No

No

86.7

NR

No

310 Bunn MS

6-8

Yes

No

80.8

Dst Exp

Yes

312 Cedar Creek MS

6-8

Yes

Yes

78.3

Pro Hgh

Yes

316 Edward Best ES

K-5

Yes

Yes

82.2

Dst Hgh

Yes

317 Franklin Co ECHS

9-13

No

No

83.5

NR

No

318 Franklinton ES

K-5

Yes

No

68.9

Pro Exp

No

321 Franklinton HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

84.0

Dst Hgh

Yes

330 Laurel Mill ES

PK-5

No

No

69.4

NR

No

331 Long Mill ES

PK-5

Yes

Yes

80.0

Dst Hgh

Yes

332 Louisburg ES

Pk-5

Yes

No

70.1

Pro Exp

No

336 Louisburg HS

9-12

Yes

Yes

76.5

Pro Hgh

Yes

338 Terrell Lane MS

6-8

Yes

No

69.9

Pro Exp

No

339 Royal ES

PK-5

Yes

No

75.9

Pro Exp

No

340 Youngsville ES

K-5

Yes

Yes

86.0

Dst Hgh

Yes

2011-2012 LEA AMO Summary

 

LEA: 420 Halifax County Schools

 

School: 304 Aurelian Springs Elementary
School met 14 (or 82.4%) out of 17 target goals

 

School: 316 Dawson Elementary
School met 10 (or 76.9%) out of 13 target goals

School: 324 Enfield Middle
School met 10 (or 58.8%) out of 17 target goals

School: 328 Everetts Elementary
School met 10 (or 76.9%) out of 13 target goals

School: 336 Hollister Elementary
School met 11 (or 64.7%) out of 17 target goals

School: 340 Inborden Elementary
School met 10 (or 76.9%) out of 13 target goals

 

0 school(s) (or 0%) of 11 met all AMO target

School: 346 Northwest High
School met 11 (or 73.3%) out of 15 target goals

School: 348 Pittman Elementary
School met 10 (or 76.9%) out of 13 target goals

School: 356 Scotland Neck Primary
School met 1 (or 50.0%) out of 2 target goals

School: 358 Southeast Halifax High
School met 12 (or 80.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 376 William R Davie Middle
School met 14 (or 82.4%) out of 17 target goals

 

 

2011-2012 LEA AMO Summary

LEA: 421 Roanoke Rapids City Schools

 

School: 304 Belmont Elementary
School met 11 (or 52.4%) out of 21 target goals

 

School: 306 Chaloner Middle
School met 17 (or 81.0%) out of 21 target goals

 

1 school(s) (or 25.0%) of 4 met all AMO target

 

School: 316 Roanoke Rapids High
School met 16 (or 100.0%) out of 16 target goals

School: 328 William L Manning Elementary
School met 20 (or 95.2%) out of 21 target goals

 

 

 

2011-12 LEA AMO Summary

 

LEA: 422 Weldon City Schools

 

School: 310 Roanoke Valley Early College
School met 13 (or 100.0%) out of 13 target goals

School: 314 Weldon Elementary
School met 7 (or 53.8%) out of 13 target goals

 

 

2 school(s) (or 50.0%) of 4 met all AMO target

School: 318 Weldon Middle
School met 7 (or 53.8%) out of 13 target goals

School: 700 Weldon STEM High
School met 9 (or 100.0%) out of 9 target goals

 

 

2011-12 LEA AMO Summary

LEA: 640 Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

 

School: 304 Bailey Elementary
School met 28 (or 96.6%) out of 29 target goals

School: 306 Baskerville Elementary
School met 13 (or 100.0%) out of 13 target goals

School: 308 Benvenue Elementary
School met 18 (or 85.7%) out of 21 target goals

School: 316 Cedar Grove Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals

School: 320 Nash Central Middle
School met 13 (or 61.9%) out of 21 target goals

School: 324 Coopers Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals

School: 340 W L Greene Alternative
School met 2 (or 28.6%) out of 7 target goals

School: 346 Nash Central High
School met 17 (or 85.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 347 NRM Early College High School
School met 5 (or 100.0%) out of 5 target goals

School: 348 Nashville Elementary
School met 21 (or 100.0%) out of 21 target goals

School: 350 Northern Nash High
School met 20 (or 100.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 354 O R Pope Elementary
School met 13 (or 100.0%) out of 13 target goals

School: 358 Red Oak Middle
School met 27 (or 93.1%) out of 29 target goals

School: 360 Red Oak Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals
School is a K-2 Feeder School

9 School(s) (or 33.3%) out of 27 met all AMO targets

School: 326 D S Johnson Elementary
School met 10 (or 76.9%) out of 13 target goals

School: 328 Englewood Elementary
School met 16 (or 76.2%) out of 21 target goals

School: 329 G R Edwards Middle
School met 14 (or 66.7%) out of 21 target goals

School: 332 M B Hubbard Elementary
School met 15 (or 88.2%) out of 17 target goals

School: 334 J W Parker Middle
School met 19 (or 90.5%) out of 21 target goals

School: 336 Middlesex Elementary
School met 15 (or 71.4%) out of 21 target goals

School: 361 Rocky Mount High
School met 19 (or 95.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 362 Southern Nash Middle
School met 26 (or 89.7%) out of 29 target goals

School: 364 Southern Nash High
School met 25 (or 96.2%) out of 26 target goals

School: 376 Spring Hope Elementary
School met 13 (or 61.9%) out of 21 target goals

School: 384 Swift Creek Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals

School: 396 Williford Elementary
School met 7 (or 53.8%) out of 13 target goals

School: 400 Winstead Avenue Elementary
School met 16 (or 76.2%) out of 21 target goals
School is a K-2 Feeder School

 

 

2011-12 LEA AMO Summary

LEA: 330 Edgecombe County Public School

 

School: 304 G W Bulluck Elementary
School met 14 (or 82.4%) out of 17 target goals

School: 308 G W Carver Elementary
School met 14 (or 73.7%) out of 19 target goals

School: 310 Roberson Cntr for Ed Achieveme
School met 2 (or 100.0%) out of 2 target goals

School: 312 Coker-Wimberly Elementary
School met 9 (or 60.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 332 Phillips Middle
School met 7 (or 53.8%) out of 13 target goals

School: 334 Princeville Montessori
School met 7 (or 53.8%) out of 13 target goals

School: 340 South Edgecombe Middle
School met 10 (or 58.8%) out of 17 target goals

School: 348 West Edgecombe Middle
School met 14 (or 66.7%) out of 21 target goals

 

5 School(s) (or 33.3%) out of 15 met all AMO targets

School: 324 C B Martin Middle
School met 9 (or 52.9%) out of 17 target goals

School: 326 Edgecombe Early College High
School met 5 (or 100.0%) out of 5 target goals

School: 328 North Edgecombe High
School met 15 (or 100.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 330 W A Pattillo A+ Elementary Sch
School met 14 (or 56.0%) out of 25 target goals

School: 350 SouthWest Edgecombe High
School met 14 (or 70.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 354 Stocks Elementary
School met 15 (or 100.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 358 Tarboro High
School met 20 (or 100.0%) out of 20 target goals

 

 

2011-12 LEA AMO Summary

LEA: 350 Franklin County Schools

 

School: 304 Bunn Elementary
School met 23 (or 100.0%) out of 23 target goals

School: 308 Bunn High
School met 15 (or 75.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 310 Bunn Middle
School met 25 (or 100.0%) out of 25 target goals

School: 312 Cedar Creek Middle
School met 25 (or 100.0%) out of 25 target goals

School: 316 Edward Best Elementary
School met 21 (or 100.0%) out of 21 target goals

School: 317 Franklin County Early College
School met 1 (or 50.0%) out of 2 target goals

School: 318 Franklinton Elementary
School met 13 (or 76.5%) out of 17 target goals

School: 321 Franklinton High
School met 20 (or 100.0%) out of 20 target goals

 

8 School(s) (or 53.3%) out of 15 met all AMO targets

School: 330 Laurel Mill Elementary
School met 12 (or 80.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 331 Long Mill Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals

School: 332 Louisburg Elementary
School met 18 (or 85.7%) out of 21 target goals

School: 336 Louisburg High
School met 20 (or 100.0%) out of 20 target goals

School: 338 Terrell Lane Middle
School met 20 (or 80.0%) out of 25 target goals

School: 339 Royal Elementary
School met 19 (or 90.5%) out of 21 target goals

School: 340 Youngsville Elementary
School met 17 (or 100.0%) out of 17 target goals

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter from the Office of Rep. Angela Bryant

 

 

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NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives

 

Proudly Representing District 7 – Nash and Halifax Counties until Jan. 2013; District 7 – Nash and Franklin Counties for 2013-14 Session

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Volume IV, Issue 9

                                                      July 11, 2012

 

 

 

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

 

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

 

REP. BRYANT REPRESENTING DISTRICT 7 – NASH AND HALIFAX COUNTY UNTIL JAN. 2013; DISTRICT 7 – NASH AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

FOR 2013-14 SESSION

 

Representative Bryant will be representing Halifax county until Jan. 2013, the end of this term, while at the same time, making new relationships in Franklin/Nash counties.

 

 

Raise the Age NC at the General Assembly

 

 

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Representative Angela Bryant with supporters of Raise the Age NC, who came to the General Assembly to lobby on May 15th. Pictured with: Commissioner Linda Virgil of Sharpsburg (second from left), local activist Jim Grant (far right) and other Nash county supporters.

Raise the Age is a growing bipartisan movement to protect our communities, our kids and our wallets. Currently, North Carolina is one of only two states in the nation that prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds charged with a crime in the adult criminal justice system, regardless of the severity of  their alleged crimes. The Raise the Age coalition includes legislators, noteworthy judges and law enforcement officials, children’s advocates, church leaders, business leaders, doctors, educators and concerned North Carolinians across the state who’ve worked tirelessly to pass legislation that will Raise the Age of juvenile jurisdiction, save taxpayers millions of dollars and give our kids a better shot at leading productive lives.

Following unanimous support of a House Judiciary Committee, a bipartisan bill to Raise the Age of juvenile jurisdiction (S434) and even the playing field for North Carolina’s youth will move to a research committee to review the steps necessary to fully implement the policy change. This committee will formally take up juvenile justice reform in the coming weeks.

 

(SOURCE: Raise the Age NC)

 

 

 

AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

·       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/

·       Summer Music Camps, The Music School of Roanoke Rapids, 1100 Roanoke Avenue. Dates: June 18-22; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27. For more information call (252)678-4954 or visit www.themusicschoolofroanokerapids.com.

·        The Annual Festival, Franklinton Center Day at Bricks (Just North of Rocky Mount), Franklinton Center, 281 Bricks Lane, Whitakers, NC 27891. August 4, 2012, 9:00am-5:00pm.

·       Nash & Surrounding Counties Prison Re-Entry Roundtable, All are welcome to the city-wide roundtable discussion. 820 Nashville Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27803. August 6, 2012, 5:30pm- 8:00pm. For more information, contact Lois Watkins at (252)442-2925 or lois@ncbtg.org.

·       North Carolina Health Professions Diversity Conference, Grandover Hotel and Conference Center, One Thousand Club Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407. August 29-30, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Showcasing Success – Creating Equity in Opportunity.” This two-day conference will focus on showcasing models and strategies that have proven successful in recruiting and retaining students in health professional programs as well as maintaining a diverse workforce setting. It will also focus on creating networks, partnerships and collaborations with others around the state of North Carolina that share the same interests in creating equity in opportunity in the health workforce. For more information, contact Gabriela Staley at (704)512-6596 or visit http://www.charlotteahec.org/continuing_education/registration/workshop.cfm?EventID=36402.

·        Auditioning and Production dates for Play, the Nash Arts and The Imperial Center are partnering to mount a full production of a play, You Wouldn’t Expect.  This play presents the stories of four of the almost 8,000 victims of the North Carolina sterilization program.  Performance dates will be September 28, 29, October 5, 6, 7–with the final matinee presentation at the historic Booker T Theater in downtown Rocky Mount.  Audition dates are August 2nd, 3rd with call backs on the 4th at Nash Arts (http://www.nasharts.org/) in Nashville beginning at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Marilynn Barner Anselmi at (252)446-2585 or email to marilynn_anselmi@ncsu.edu.

·        Healthy Food Financing Forum North Carolina Grown: Moving Healthy Food from the Farm to the Kitchen, hosted by the Support Center and Strategic Partners, Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, 3121 High Point Road at I-40, Greensboro, NC 27407. Tuesday, October 9, 9:00am -3:30pm.

·        Voices from The Valley: Patient-Provider Communication Along the Breast Cancer Continuum in Northeastern North Carolina, The Centre at Halifax Community College, 100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890. Saturday, November 3, 8:00am-3:00pm. For more information, visit http://www.gbdf.org/ccwelcome.html or call Angela Carter at (252)535-8623.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER…

Roanoke Rapids and Rocky Mount two out of 219 Community Health Centers to Receive Grants

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new federal grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers. The grants which were awarded to 219 health centers will help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs. Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added more than 25,300 new full-time positions.  The awards announced will infuse critical dollars into health centers and their surrounding communities, enhancing health centers’ ability to serve more patients and creating thousands of jobs across the country.

 

  • Rural Health Group, Inc. in Roanoke Rapids, NC received $225,000.
  • Opportunities Industrialization, Inc. of Rocky Mount, NC received $650,000.

 

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

 

Young Women Can Enter $3,000 Scholarship Essay Contest

 

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are co-sponsoring the 15th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors.  This year’s topic discusses the impact public policies have on women and historically underrepresented populations as they are decided at the state versus federal level.  The contest’s seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference November 15-19, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia, where they will network with, be mentored by, and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the United States.

 

To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please visit: http://www.womenlegislators.org/events/scholarship-program.php or feel free to contact (202)293-3040 ext. 1005, or by email at events@womenlegislators.org

 

Entries must be received or postmarked no later than July 31st, 2012, after which an NFWL selection committee will judge each essay and determine the seven winners.  The judges will primarily weigh the factors of research, understanding of the Bill of Rights, original insight, and personal connection.

 

I-95 Economic Assessment Advisory Council Contact Information

External Stakeholders

 

 

 

 

Name

Agency

Title

Email Address

Phone

Rolf Blizzard

NC Travel & Tourism Coalition

Chairman

rblizzard1@me.com

(919) 833-8380

Jake Cashion

NC Chamber

Director of Governmental Affairs

jcashion@ncchamber.net

(919) 836-1411

Crystal Collins

NC Trucking Association

President

ccollins@nctrucking.com

(919) 281-2746

Andy Ellen

NC Retail Merchants Association

General Counsel

andye@ncrma.org

(919) 832-0811

Lynn Lewis

NC Travel Industry Association                         (Washington Tourism Development Authority)

Executive Director

lynn@originalwashington.com

(252) 948-9415

Mike Walden

NC State University – Agricultural & Resource Economics

Distinguished Professor

walden@ncsu.edu

(919) 515-4671

Larry Wooten

NC Farm Bureau

President

larry.wooten@ncfb.org

(919) 782-1705

Scott Aman

NC Petroleum & Convenience Marketers

Treasurer

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Intergovernmental Team

 

Name

Agency

Title

Email Address

Phone

Victor Barbour

NCDOT

Administrator, Technical Services Division

vbarbour@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2900

Greer Beaty

NCDOT

Director of Communications

gbeaty@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2665

Roberto Canales

NCDOT

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

rcanales@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2800

Susan Coward

NCDOT

Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs & Budget Coordination

scoward@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2800

Bobby Lewis

NCDOT

Chief of Staff

bobbylewis@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2800

Beau Memory

NCDOT

Legislative Liaison

bmemory@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2800

Kristine O’Connor

NCDOT

I-95 Project Manager

kaoconnor@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-6034

Jim Trogdon

NCDOT

Chief Operating Officer

jtrogdon@ncdot.gov

(919) 707-2800

Stephanie McGarrah

NC Department of Commerce

Assistant Secretary – Policy Research & Strategic Planning

smcgarrah@nccommerce.com

(919) 733-3454

John Sullivan

FHWA

Division Administratior

John.Sullivan@fhwa.dot.gov

(919) 856-4346

 

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

HB 572. ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PUBLICLY FUNDED NONPROFITS. Filed 3/30/11. TO PROVIDE GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR NONPROFIT ENTITIES THAT RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDING.

  • Provides that a corporation that receives over $5,000 of public funding within a fiscal year has to provide its latest annual financial statements upon written demand from any member of the public.
  • A corporation also has to provide a copy of its most recently completed and filed Internal Revenue Service Form 990 or Form 990-EZ or a copy of the message confirming the corporation’s submission of Internal Revenue Service Form 990-N.
  • A corporation can comply by maintaining these documents on its public website or on a website established and maintained by another entity (as long as the entity does not charge a fee or require website registration to access the information).

(Status: Ratified 7/02/2012)

 

HB 1173. Absconding Prob. Violators Forfeit Benefits. Filed 5/29/12. TO PROVIDE THAT A PROBATION VIOLATOR WHO ABSCONDS OR OTHERWISE WILLFULLY AVOIDS ARREST AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF A WARRANT SHALL FORFEIT ANY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS UNTIL SURRENDERING TO THE COURT.

·       Such benefits include: unemployment benefits, Medicaid or other medical assistance benefits, Work First Family Assistance, food and nutrition benefits, and any other financial assistance of any kind being paid to the probationer from State or federal funds.

·       This will not affect the eligibility for any public benefits that are being received by or for the benefit of a family member of a probation violator.

(Status: Ratified 7/02/2012)

 

 

Bills Intended to Make Voting Harder Are Dead – At Least Until the next General Assembly begins meeting in 2013

The legislature failed to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the bill to require a government photo ID before voting! And several other voter suppression measures did not pass – including bills to cut a week off Early Voting, ban Sunday voting, repeal Same-Day Registration, end straight-ticket voting, add new restriction for groups doing voter registration, and eliminate pre-registration for teenagers. These bills failed because of your countless calls and emails, your showing up for marches and rallies, your personal visits with legislators, and the many other actions taken by Advocates like you.

Unfortunately, there was no success in freeing up the $4 million in federal funds from the Help American Vote Act. After significant steps forward, top leaders of the General Assembly reversed course, dug in their heels and refused to release the funds for the upcoming election.

It does make a difference who gets elected to public office!

(SOURCE: Democracy NC)

Criminal Justice Legislative Update

 

The legislature adjourned last week after another session of budget cutting and veto overrides on important legislation such as the Racial Justice Act and the budget.

 

While we are all enduring a struggling economy, the 2012-2013 budget didn’t have to be this bad. If the legislature had held off on the business tax which gives a break to every company making over $100,000, or extended the 3/4 cent sales tax, more funds would be available to sustain critical public investments. 

 

Amidst the overwhelming news of damaging cuts, veto overrides, the consolidations and reorganizations that have marked this General Assembly, there were a few positive developments.   Pre-Trial Services supporters managed to keep a bill from enactment that was designed to severely limit pretrial options.  A bill allowing expunction for non-violent felonies was passed and – after a positive US Supreme Court ruling – options for parole were increased for juveniles facing life sentences.   Although the bill to Raise the Juvenile Age was not successful, it was – at long last – favorably reported out of a House committee.  We will report further on these substantive issues in a future Update; this issue will focus on the 2012-2013 budget.

    

Justice and Public Safety Budget

The final budget providing funds to Justice and Public Safety agencies and community based corrections programs has suffered major cuts. 

 

The final Justice and Public Safety budget is $42.9 mil LESS than the Gov’s budget and $20.7 million LESS than the proposed House budget. These budget cuts come on top of 4 solid years of budget cuts.  Agencies and communities are struggling to make do with less every single year. 

 

Corrections, courts and public safety agencies continue to limp along. Community programs that work at the local level to keep communities safe are no longer limping; they now have two broken legs after 4 years of budget cuts, reductions and eliminations.

    

Management Flexibility Reserve: The final budget relied on heavily on Management Flexibility Reserve – funds that come from lapsed salaries – to make over $30 million in cuts without specifying where the cuts would come from.   

 

Some cuts from Man Flex reserve make sense because dollars in lapsed salaries inevitably come open in every agency.  The problem with this approach is that it gives agencies more authority to make cuts in areas not reviewed and approved by the legislature.   If there are not sufficient savings from lapsed salaries, the  management flexibility reserve can become a path for agencies to make further cuts in unintended places.

 

Salaries: The final budget includes a 1.2% pay raise for state employees.  That is a pittance in any year, but certainly so after 4 years without a pay raise.

 

Department of Public Safety

The newly formed Department is reeling from the merger of Corrections, Juvenile Justice and Crime Control and Public Safety.  The merger has brought little in the way of savings and much in the way of organizational chaos.  These three agencies are now wrestling with how to best provide services as one mega- department.

 

Justice Reinvestment: There are numerous problems with Justice Reinvestment getting off the ground. Virtually everything is taking longer than initially expected and funds have not been reinvested as anticipated. The Justice Reinvestment Act has added post-release supervision to an additional 14,000 people with the stated goal of providing both supervision and additional treatment opportunities. Unfortunately, the 2012-2013 budget doesn’t provide reinvested funds for either goal.

 

We have long supported a reinvestment of funds in the Justice system.  At this point, though, a REAL reinvestment is needed to reduce recidivism.   That investment has not been made. Financial savings cannot be realized without reductions in recidivism.  We’d like to see the reality on the ground match the rhetoric in the air.

 

TECS/ CJPP: The final budget cuts TECS (Treatment for Effective Community Supervision) by $5 million and replaces it with $5 million from the Misdemeanor Confinement fund.  While the funds are available in the Misdemeanor Confinement fund, it is unfortunate to begin TECS- a lynchpin in Justice Reinvestment – with the Department of Public Safety raising questions about the stability of the funding. 

 

The TECS program has not issued contracts yet and is not expected to begin taking clients in many areas until October. The administration has reduced funds allocated for substance abuse services  and has applied them to another evidence-based program – Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI). While CBI is a good program, serious concerns remain about the reductions in available substance abuse treatment dollars across the budget.

      

The funds (approximately $9 million) that were used in the Criminal Justice Partnership Program for approximately 7,000 individuals will now be spread across a greater number of probationers.  In addition, these services are said to be available to some of the 14,000 individuals coming out on post-release supervision.  These funds were not sufficient to start with and definitely won’t be enough to help reduce recidivism for a greatly increased population. 

 

Post-Release Supervision: To complicate matters further, no funds have been included for post-release supervision officers and only a portion of what’s needed for the parole commission ($169,000) has been funded.  The Governor had requested $12.2 million for these purposes.  The final budget contemplates a reassignment of vacant positions although some of the dollars are likely needed for other unanticipated expenses, not to mention the need to fill the actual vacant positions for their original purposes.

 

Prisons Closed/ Dollars Not Reinvested:In 2011, the legislature could have immediately redirected dollars saved from the closing of 4 prisons into Justice Reinvestment needs. That wasn’t done. The Department of Public Safety now requires NEW dollars – rather than reinvested dollars – to fund officers for post-release supervision.  Those dollars are not in the budget.

 

90 Day Revocations: The 90 day revocations and the “quick dips” – have still not started. 

  

Misdemeanant Confinement Fund: The misdemeanant confinement fund is distributing misdemeanant offenders into open jail beds across the state, but it does nothing to address any underlying treatment issues or needs with this group. It is an incarceration only program and is managed by the Sherriff’s Association.  In addition, a lawsuit is underway which could undermine approximately $11 million in fees that comprise a major chunk of the funding for this program.

 

Department of Public Safety – Juvenile Justice

     There is a $1.6 management flexibility reserve Juvenile Justice that could have an impact on other items as the fiscal year progresses.  

 

Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPCs): These have been maintained without a cut.

 

Bridge Program: This Western NC program that trains court-involved youth to fight fires has been eliminated from the Justice and Public Safety budget. Fortunately, it has been preserved by a transfer to the Department of Agriculture where staffers appear to value this highly regarded program.

 

Youth Development Centers: The final budget eliminates $1.7 million in funding for the newly constructed Edgecombe Youth Development Center. We would prefer to see a cut taken from the antiquated Dobbs facility. This cut also represents a movement away from the treatment model under which Juvenile Justice has been operating.

 

 Indigent Defense

      There are no changes in the final budget for Indigent Defense Services.  Unfortunately, IDS is wrestling with budget problems with serious budget problems. IDS runs out of money at approximately the end of the 3rd quarter and can’t pay anyone until funds are appropriated again in June.  This inadequate payment system comes on top of cuts in hourly rates that have many attorneys talking about throwing in the towel all together when it comes to representing indigent defendants.    

 

Judicial

      The Administrative Office of the Courts was cut by $5 million in management flexibility reserve.   That cut could possibly be imposed on other unspecified items as the year progresses. 

 

Clerks and the Conference of District Attorneys: these conferences were not cut by 10% in the final budget as they had been in the House. 

 

Drug Treatment Court Treatment Dollars:  We salute the areas of the state that have found ways to continue their Drug Treatment Courts in spite of the continuing attacks on funding. After eliminating Drug Treatment Court case management staff in 2011, the final budget now completely eliminates $2,258 million in substance abuse treatment dollars for the remaining drug courts.

 

Legal Services: The final budget includes $671,250 in pass through funds to the NC state bar for Access to Civil Justice.

 

Family Courts: We are pleased to see that Family Courts are included in the final budget. 

 

Trial Court Administrators: We are pleased to see that these important court management positions are included in the final budget after a mention of possible cuts.

 

 

Justice

New Crime Lab: $ 3 million has been allocated for a new crime lab in Edneyville.

 

No New Positions for DNA: The SBI is receiving a large volume of requests for testifying about DNA results. The conference budget does NOT include 12 positions in the triad region lab to handle DNA submissions.

 

Mortgage Settlement Funds: The Governor’s budget did much more with the Mortgage settlement funds than is included in the final budget.  Funds in the Governor’s budget would have been used to increase attention to financial fraud by allocating nearly $10 million to expand prosecution of lending and financial crimes and to expand financial investigative ability. 

 

SBI Training: No increases have been included for SBI training and certification even though it was recently reported that a significant number of analysts didn’t pass their certification test. The SBI continues to require careful attention after the finding of false blood spatter evidence presented by Mr. Deaver.  The documented cases of improper testimony and analysis continue to reduce public confidence in the court system.

 

MH/DD/SA and Medicaid

 Medicaid: The final budget anticipates over $59 million in savings for the care of Medicaid recipients along with another $6.6 million in pharmacy “improvements.” These savings are expected to come from improving managed care through Community Care NC. If these savings are not realized, there will be another gap in services.

 

Mental Health: Approximately $20 million was cut to the funds allocated to communities for Mental Health/ Substance Abuse/ Developmental Disabilities services at the community level. $345 million is the total amount now available and these funds support services provided to families, children, veterans and our most vulnerable citizens. These cuts compound the treatment cuts made in Drug Treatment Courts and in the Treatment for Effective Community Services program.

 

Local Management Entities (LME): The LME administrative budgets for Mental Health/ Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities have also been reduced by $8.4 million.

 

Managed Care Organizations: We had hoped the transition to Managed Care Organizations might have been slowed down, but that didn’t happen. The negative impact is widespread and is particularly damaging to individuals with developmental disabilities who will lose their case managers. This is a shameful loss to anyone who cares about insuring the well-being of citizens with disabilities.

 

(SOURCE: Carolina Justice Policy Center)

 

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Some Legislative Links for 2012 Short Session

Session Laws for 2011 and 2012:

http://ncleg.net/gascripts/EnactedLegislation/ELTOC.pl?sType=Law&sSessionToView=2011&sSort=sSortKey

 

scroll to bottom for most recent. This updates as the legislature processes bills from the Governor.

 

Bills on the Governor’s desk:

http://ncleg.net/gascripts/chaptered_bills/governor_pres.pl?Biennium=2011&SessionNumber=2&StartIndex=100 (59 as of 7/5)

 

 

Statutes and Session Laws affected by 2012 legislation including bills on the Governor’s desk:

http://bit.ly/Nq3qnJ

 

 

Thank You From Roanoke Rapids….

 

·       The City of Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department sent a thank you to Representative Bryant for her support of the arts in Halifax County during this Year’s session of the General Assembly. The portion of the funds awarded was used to provide musical entertainment and marketing materials for the Summer Concert Series “Fridays in the Park.”

 

·       The Roanoke Avenue Business Alliance (RABA) in Roanoke Rapids sent a thank you to Representative Bryant for her support of the North Carolina Arts Council and Halifax County Arts Council Grassroots Art Program. This program helps tackle the problem with boarded windows by calling for those windows to be covered with beautiful, historically-themed window murals.

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net

or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

 

 

 

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NEWSLETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF REP. ANGELA R. BRYANT

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NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives – District 7

 

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013

Representing Nash and Franklin Counties –

Jan 2013 forward  if re-elected 2012

 

 

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Volume IV, Issue 6                                                                                                        April 26, 2012

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

 

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

 

REP. BRYANT REPRESENTING HALIFAX COUNTY UNTIL JAN. 2013;

INCUMBENT IN NEW DISTRICT 7 – NASH AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

FOR 2O12 ELECTION/2013 SESSION

 

As a result of Redistricting Rep. Bryant has filed for re-election in the new District, pairing Nash and Franklin counties.  Halifax county will be paired with Northampton county under this plan, in House District 27.  Representative Bryant will be representing Halifax county until Jan. 2013, the end of this term, while at the same time, making new relationships in Franklin/Nash counties to hopefully be successful in being re-elected by them for the 2013 session.

 

ROANOKE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“2012 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR”

Mrs. Doris N. Mack, Executive Director

Families Supporting Families/Executive Director

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Mrs. Mack (center) is pictured with Secretary Linda Carlisle,

Department of Cultural Resources and Rep. Angela R. Bryant

 

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: swimintl@hotmail.com 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: swimintl@hotmail.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 sdickinson@rvchamber.com.

 

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.

 

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

 

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

 

Other

 

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

 

 

Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7, North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

 

 
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Legislation Introduced 

 

Supporting Our Veterans
H.R. 3483 – The Veterans’ Education Equity Act would correct an inequity veterans face that forces those who attend public colleges to pay more out-of-pocket tuition than veterans who attend private schools. 

 

Fighting for Our Farmers
H.R. 3740 – The Farmers’ Disaster Assistance Act of 2011 would provide immediate assistance to farmers who suffered major damages from Hurricane Irene and the April 16, 2011 tornadoes.  This bill would alleviate some of the financial strain felt by farmers who experienced major crop losses and are located in federally-declared disaster counties.  Combined, both disasters cost upwards of $350 million in crop losses for North Carolina and another $14 million in losses for agricultural facilities and equipment.  In addition to direct assistance for crop losses, the bill would loosen Farm Service Agency lending restrictions in disaster counties.

 

Providing Resources to the Community
H.R. 3354 – The Federal Electronic Equipment Donation Act, also known as the "FEED Act", would create a process for the federal government to convey excess electronic equipment, such as computers, printers, and faxes to schools and educational entities in needy communities.
 
Providing Health Care for Children
Congressman Butterfield joined Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) to introduce H.R. 3059, the Creating Hope Act.  This legislation would provide incentives for drug companies to develop drugs to treat rare pediatric diseases.  Often these diseases go without cures because the drug companies cannot afford to develop them. The bill seeks to make it easier for these diseases to be treated.

 

Promoting Postal Reform

H.R. 2024 – The Post Office Transparency Act would bring the process the U.S. Postal Service uses to close post office branches into the light of day.  Rural communities are deeply dependent on access to nearby post offices. Therefore, it is critical that these communities understand the reasons the USPS has chosen to close a facility, and have an opportunity to have input on the decision making process.

 G. K. Working for You In the First District

 

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Buttefield greets local school children

 

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  • Earlier this month, Congressman Butterfield made a series of stops in North Carolina’s First Congressional District, ranging from meeting with residents opposed to tolls on Interstate 95 to a tour of Halifax Regional’s Mammography Center.
  • Butterfield met with executives from supermarket chain Food Lion to explore ways to bring smaller stores to food desert communities.
  • The Congressman partnered with Intuit to hold a free tax preparation event in the District, where dozens of low- and moderate-income residents were able to get assistance with filing their tax returns.
  • Congressman Butterfield helped small business owners get a leg up on their competition by co-hosting with Facebook a workshop on social media and online advertising. More than 200 residents were in attendance.
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Butterfield with organizers of Free File Tax Preparation Event

 Good To Know

 

File Your Taxes Free

Some tax filers can file their federal tax returns for free. Learn more here.

Save Money on Your Electric Bills

One of the best ways to save money on your electric bills is to make your home or business more energy efficient.  The Department of Energy has a website that lists numerous examples of efficiency upgrades that you can make at little cost.  For ways to save energy and money, visit here.

See related:

Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Newsletter from the Office of Rep. Angela R. Bryant

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NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives

 

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties

District 7

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Volume V, Issue 3

January 11, 2012

 

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Halifax County Tyrone Williams, Workforce Relations Manager for the Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security Employment Services, wins Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding State Government Service Category. (Williams is pictured with Governor Beverly Perdue and NC Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary, Lynn Holmes).

 

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive.  Recipients were honored during a ceremony on November 29, 2011 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh

 

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

 

The General Assembly returned to Raleigh this week to consider overriding the governor’s veto of a bill that gutted the state’s Racial Justice Act, a law that helps ensure no one is sentenced in the courts to death because of racial discrimination. They ended up leaving in the early hours of the next day having overridden a veto of a bill that punishes teachers who want to join the North Carolina Association of Educators.

 

The Republican majority said the Racial Justice Act was unnecessary. The governor, a death-penalty supporter like many of the people of our state, said the state should have as many safeguards in place as possible to protect the integrity of the courts and prevent a person from being executed on the basis of their race and vetoed the bill. Her veto came after the legislature had adjourned. The legislature could have chosen to not consider the veto, to simply meet and refer it to committee or to bring back both bodies for a session.

 

They chose to meet in a session that has very strict constitutional limits. The constitution allows only for the General Assembly to meet to consider the single vetoed bill. The body can take no other action.

 

In this case, the Senate voted to override the bill. The House lacked the votes and referred the bill to committee and then appointed a committee to study racial discrimination in the court system. No additional details about the committee are yet available.

 

Under the constitution, the session should have ended after the racial justice bill was acted upon. Instead, the majority used the veto session to schedule another session that began about 1 am the next day. In this new session, they decided to vote on the governor’s veto of a bill that makes it more difficult for teachers to join their professional organization, the North Carolina Association of Educators. It prevents members of the group from having their dues deducted directly from their paychecks, as the state still allows for many other professional organizations and dozens of other purposes.

Republican legislators passed the bill in retaliation for the NCAE’s opposition to the Republican budget. The budget dropped North Carolina to 49th in the nation in education spending per pupil and resulted in the layoffs of thousands of teachers and teacher assistants throughout the state.

 

The override passed with exactly the number of required votes. NCAE announced Thursday it plans to sue the General Assembly on constitutional grounds.

 

As always, I am a firm supporter of education and teachers and will side with them over politics any day. I will continue to follow this issue and let you know more as I learn it.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in our state. I hope you had a restful and peaceful holiday with your families and stand ready to help you whenever you may need me.

 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS:  Redistricting map opponents want NC primary delay — Dozens of Democrats and advocacy groups challenging the new Republican-drawn maps for North Carolina’s legislative and congressional districts want judges to delay the state’s May 8 primary by two months while their lawsuits wind through the courts. The primary should be pushed back to July 10, the plaintiffs have argued in documents filed in Wake County court. They contend the maps drawn last year for elections from now through 2020 are illegal because they cross too many county lines and use racial considerations without good reason.

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/10580061/

 

WUNC-FM: Redistricting Foes Ask to Delay Primary — Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over newly drawn maps for legislative and congressional districts want to delay the state’s May primary until July. Jessica Jones reports. A group of more than 40 Democrats and advocacy groups say the May eighth primary should be delayed until July tenth so judges can decide whether Republicans’ new maps are unconstitutional. They filed a motion in Wake County Superior Court on Friday. The group filed its lawsuit in November, asking to have the new maps thrown out. The plaintiffs include present and former state lawmakers. They say the newly drawn boundaries cross too many county lines and pack high numbers of minority voters into some districts to reduce their overall influence. The defendants in the lawsuit include Republican Senator Bob Rucho, Senate Leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and the state itself. A hearing on the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday.

http://wunc.org/programs/news/archive/sjj0109.mp3/view

 

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Ex-UNCC prof weighs in on GOP districting plan — From his days heading the political science department at UNC Charlotte, Ted Arrington has been an authoritative voice on redistricting. Not only has he helped draw the lines for local districts in Mecklenburg County, he served as an expert witness in redistricting cases across the country. Now retired, he’s weighing in on North Carolina’s new plan. Lawyers representing Democrats who are fighting the state’s new Republican-drawn plan in court submitted an affidavit from Arrington, a former Republican turned unaffiliated voter, in which he argues that the plan hurts minority voters.

http://campaigntracker.blogspot.com/2012/01/ex-uncc-prof-weighs-in-on-gop.html

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS:  NCAE gets automatic dues bill blocked for now — A judge temporarily blocked a new law that stops dues for a powerful education advocacy group from automatically being removed from teachers’ paychecks in a legal intervention that comes just after the Republican-led Legislature overrode the governor’s veto of the bill.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/09/1765533/ncae-sues-over-automatic-dues.html

 

AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

·       Antioch Builds Community Durham Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc, sponsors the Faith, Partnership & Re-Entry Conference, Sat. Jan. 14, from 9am-2pm. For more information call 919-688-8893.

·       Roanoke Valley Chamber 62nd Annual Meeting, Jan 24, at 6:00pm. The Centre at Halifax Community College.  For more information call 252-537-3513.

·       Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce 108th Annual Meeting, Thurs.,  Jan. 19 at 6pm, Nash Community College Business & Industry Center, Rocky Mount. For more information call 252-446-0323.

·       Sixth Annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly – Sat. Feb. 11. Assemble at 9:30am and March begins at 10:30am, at Shaw University. For more information call 855-373-3212.

·       Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Saluting Our Local African American Heroes 2012 at Halifax Community College, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 11:30am, The Centre, Halifax Community College.  For more  information call 252-536-6346

·       Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Women’s Conference, Saturday, Feb. 25, 9am-2.  For ticket information call 252-537-3513.

 

MLK DAY EVENTS

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY EVENTS IN HALIFAX, NASH, FRANKLIN COUNTIES AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS

 

HALIFAX COUNTY EVENTS

Monday, January, 16 at 9:30am Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton & Piney Grove Baptist Church in Halifax is sponsoring the 7th Annual MLK Day Parade line-up will begin at 9:30 on Mosby Avenue near Lakeland Cultural Center in Littleton and process down Main St. at 10am.  For more information contact Ophelia Gould-Faison at 252.532.0071 or email gouldfaison@hotmail.com and Lori Parrott at 919.358.0980 or email laneashe@yahoo.com

 

Monday, January, 16, Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton & Piney Grove Baptist Church in Halifax is sponsoring The 10th Annual MLK Program and Reception. The Reception will begin at 10:45am at Oak Grove in the C. E. McCollum Fellowship Hall and the program at 12noon at Oak Grove in the PromiseLand Sanctuary. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker. For more information contact Ophelia Gould-Faison at 252.532.0071 or email gouldfaison@hotmail.com and Lori Parrott at 919.358.0980 or email laneashe@yahoo.com

 

Monday, January, 16, Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton & Piney Grove Baptist Church in Halifax is sponsoring The 2012 MLK Service Project will benefit "The Learning Pot" an afterschool center in Littleton serving students in 2nd-5th grades.  The project will be to collect snacks for the students at the center.  For more information contact Ophelia Gould-Faison at 252.532.0071 or email gouldfaison@hotmail.com and Lori Parrott at 919.358.0980 or email laneashe@yahoo.com

Members of the Halifax County Black Caucus (HCBC) regrettably announce they will not host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 16, 2012. The organization which co-sponsors the annual event with the Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) advised that the current economic plight has impacted both organizations and funds are prohibitive.

 

The Caucus members and the Concerned Citizens of Tillery encourage area residents to support other local King Day Celebration events, as will they, and ask all to remember Dr. Kings Legacy of service and commitment to insuring justice and equality for all of mankind.

 

Marilyn Harris, Halifax County Black Caucus Chair, and Gary R. Grant, Executive Director of CCT, wish to thank area citizens for their support of this celebration throughout the past 12 years.

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY EVENTS

Sunday, January 15, at 5:00pm (Franklin Area Clergical Ecumenical Society) (F.A.C.E.S) (local ministerial alliance will host it’s Annual MLK Jr. Service at Louisburg High School Auditorium.  For more information call Sidney Dunston at (919) 496-7855.

 

Saturday, January 14, at 10:00am, The Town of Franklinton and the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Committee will sponsor an MLK Parade. The march will begin at Franklinton High School gym to First Baptist Church.  For more information call the Town of Franklinton 919-494-2520.

 

ROCKY MOUNT EVENTS

January 15th at 5:00 pm The Deacons of Ebenezer Baptist Church will host an area wide Martin Luther King Candlelight Services (One of the major events for Martin Luther King’s Celebrations), at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Speaker: Rev. Reuben C. Blackwell, IV.  Sunday, January 15:  MLK Winners of the City of Rocky Mount Oratorical Contest will also speak.  Music by the Eastern North Carolina Mass Choir.  For additional information, call Ebenezer Baptist Church at (252) 446-2378.

 

Saturday, January 7 at 9:00am, The City of Rocky Mount Humans Relations Department sponsors Youth Oratorical Contests. The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. Theme for grades 6–8: “Building Dreams Through Education”. Theme for grades 9–12: “Learning to Build Dreams”. For more information call 252-972-1181 or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

 

Monday, January 16, at 7:00am (Breakfast), 8:00am (Program) The City of Rocky Mount Humans Relations Department sponsors the 24th Annual Unity Breakfast, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dudley Flood. The Dunn Center (on the campus of NC Wesleyan College). For more information call 252-972-1181 or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

 

Monday, January 16, The City of Rocky Mount Humans Relations Department sponsors A Day Of Service.  Volunteers will team together to perform community service projects throughout the Rocky Mount area. To participate, call the United Way-Tar River Region at 937-2213. 

Special thanks to event partners United Way-Tar River Region & NC Wesleyan College. For more information call 252-972-1181 or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

 

Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 4pm, CDC Workers Unity Committee/Carolina Auto, Aerospace & Machine Workers Union-UE150, and the Bloomer Hill Community Association sponsors the  20th Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Concert St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5987 Red Oak Road, Battleboro, NC featuring Youth and Gospel Choirs from Whitakers, Battleboro, Enfield area.  For more information call, 252-641-0294.

 

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11am, CDC Workers Unity Committee/Carolina Auto, Aerospace & Machine Workers Union-UE150, and the Bloomer Hill Community Association sponsors the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Bloomer Hill Community Center, US 301, Whitakers, NC. Keynote Speaker: Rep. Angela Bryant NC General Assembly Representative District 7 – Halifax and Nash Counties. For more information call, 252-641-0294.

 

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7:30am, CDC Workers Unity Committee/Carolina Auto, Aerospace & Machine Workers Union-UE150, and the Bloomer Hill Community Association sponsors the 15th Annual MLK Community Empowerment Breakfast, Franklinton Center at Bricks, US 301 North, Whitakers, NC. Speaker:  Ms. Barbara S. Simmons, Mayor of Enfield NC. Sponsored by Community Empowerment Alliance. For more information call, 252-641-0294.

 

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9:30am, CDC Workers Unity Committee/Carolina Auto, Aerospace & Machine Workers Union-UE150, and the Bloomer Hill Community Association sponsors the  13th Annual Whitakers MLK Day Motorcade & March Monday, start at Whitakers Town Park, NW Railroad Street; march ends at Bloomer Hill Community Center, Sponsored by the Whitakers Community Club. For more information call, 252-641-0294.

 

Saturday, February 25, noon – 4:00pm, The City of Rocky Mount Humans Relations Department sponsors the International Festival Of Cultures. A celebration of Rocky Mount’s diverse cultures! Brown Auditorium [on the campus of Nash Community College]

Special thanks to event partner Nash Community College. Call 972-1181 or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.


DURHAM EVENT

Sat. Feb. 4, 2012 at 12 noon, Fayetteville Street 10th Annual Durham MLK/Black History Month Parade.   Grand Marshall: Dr. Chuck Davis. For more information, call 919-680-0465

 

GREENVILLE EVENT

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m,  Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations presents Dr. Julianne Malveaux President of Bennett College for Women, economist, author, and commentator “Visualizing the Dream” at the  Auditorium, East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU 115 Heart Drive, Greenville, NC The public is invited to attend this free event. For more information, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations (EDC)by e-mailing edc@ecu.edu or by calling 252-328-6804.

DID YOU KNOW

 

The Official 2012 North Carolina Travel Guide

The Official 2012 North Carolina Travel Guide is now available free for visitors in the State’s nine Welcome Centers, by calling 1-800-VISITNC or by ordering it at VisitNC.com, the state’s official website for travel information. . The Guide showcases 831 attractions, almost 4,000 accommodations and includes information on our state and national parks. With 126 advertisers, this 174-page Destinations, attractions and accommodations in the guide are listed free of charge, and the Guide is published at no cost to taxpayers.

 

North Carolina opens up endless possibilities for our visitors to connect with family, loved ones and even themselves. Editorial features in the 2012 Guide celebrate the state’s diversity and range of activities including the second year of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, restaurants which utilize sustainable agriculture, reconnecting with family, fishing, and North Carolina-made products, along with stories on attractions that have incorporated new technology to tell and teach their stories plus fun ways to make memories through a variety of activities.

 

The 2012 NC Travel Guide can be found online with interactive features including video and sound. Added digital features such as video tours, barcode scans and enhancements bring the articles to life, making the Guide one of the most technologically advanced of any state travel guide in the country. There is also an iPad app that is even more interactive–plus a mobile app will debut soon. The Guide complements VisitNC.com in bringing the fun to life while sparking interest and travel to the state.

 

State Reforms Promoting Employment of People with Criminal Records: 2010-11 Legislative Round-Up

See link below to a National Reentry Legislative Roundup giving an overview of reentry legislation and the lay of the land around reentry policy nationwide this year. This report was very well done by The Sentencing Project, National H.I.R.E. and the National Employment Law Project (N.E.L.P)

 

http://sentencingproject.org/doc/cc_Legislative_Roundup_Employment_&_Criminal_Records_2010-11.pdf

 

North Carolina Military Business Center Awards a Contract to Halifax County

 

The Eagle Home Medical Corporation from Roanoke Rapids received a contract from the department of Veterans Affairs in the amount of $4,240.370.00, for the Home Oxygen Services for the Philadelphia VAMC.

 

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

2011 Legislation Effective January 1, 2012

 

S.L. 2011-182 (HB 514) UNIFORM MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS ACT.

An Act To Adopt Provisions Of The Uniform Military And Overseas Voters Act Promulgated By The National Conference Of Commissioners On Uniform State Law, While Retaining Existing North Carolina Law More Beneficial To Those Voters. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-192 (HB 642) JUSTICE REINVESTMENT ACT.

An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations Of The Justice Reinvestment Project And To Provide That The Act Shall Be Entitled "The Justice Reinvestment Act Of 2011." [See Secs. 5, 7(q) & 10]

 

S.L. 2011-212 (SB 320) MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS.

An Act To Amend The Authority Of Cities Concerning Water And Wastewater Treatment And Distribution Systems. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-214 (SB 356) NO RUN FOR TWO OFFICES/SAME GENERAL ELECTIONS.

An Act To Limit An Individual From Running On The Same General Election Ballot For More Than One Office, Except To Fill A Vacancy For The Remainder Of An Unexpired Term. [See Sec. 2]

 

S.L. 2011-217 (HB 386) REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW AMENDMENTS.

An Act To Modernize The North Carolina Real Estate License Law. [See Secs. 1-22 & 24]

 

S.L. 2011-225 (HB 617) PORTABLE ELECTRONICS INSURANCE COVERAGE.

An Act To Provide For The Regulation Of Portable Electronics Insurance. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-240 (HB 12) STOP METHAMPHETAMINE LABS.

An Act To Increase The Regulation On Pseudoephedrine Products To Curtail Methamphetamine Production And To Reduce Costs To Local Governments For Lab Cleanup Costs, And To Study The Efficacy Of Electronic Record Keeping With A Report To The 2013 General Assembly. [See Secs. 2, 3 & 6]

 

S.L. 2011-269 (SB 708) BUILDING CODE RULES/EFFECTIVE DATES.

An Act To Reconcile The Effective Dates Of Certain Rules Adopted By The Building Code Council Related To The 2012 Energy Conservation Code And The 2012 NC Residential Code. [See Secs. 1-3]

 

S.L. 2011-308 (SB 685) MODIFY REGULATION OF PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS.

An Act To Amend The Law Relating To The Regulation Of Proprietary Schools. [See Secs. 1-9 & 12]

 

S.L. 2011-314 (SB 607) CONFORM MEDICAL RECORD LAWS.

An Act To Conform Medical Record Confidentiality Laws. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-316 (SB 600) OUT-OF-STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT/SPECIAL EVENTS.

An Act To Authorize A City With A Population Of More Than Five Hundred Thousand People Which Holds A National Convention To Contract With Out-Of-State Law Enforcement Agencies To Provide Law Enforcement And Security For The National Convention. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-328 (SB 203) SET ASIDE PATERNITY/CHILD SUPPORT.

An Act Establishing A Process To Set Aside An Order Of Paternity Or An Affidavit Of Parentage Under Limited Circumstances, And To Allow Relief From A Child Support Order When The Obligor Is Not The Child’s Father. [See Sec. 4]

 

S.L. 2011-336 (SB 349) CONFIDENTIALITY/OPTOMETRY/RE CLOSING INT .

An Act Which Allows The North Carolina State Board Of Examiners In Optometry To Consider Certain Investigative Information As Confidential, Requires Licensees To Cooperate With Law Enforcement Agencies, And Requires Licensees To Self-Report Certain Indictments, Arrests, Medical Judgments, Awards, Payments, And Settlements; And To Require That Interest Earned On Real Estate Settlement Funds Held In Trust Or Escrow Accounts Be Paid Into The North Carolina State Bar’s Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Account Fund And To Provide For A Private Cause Of Action For Persons Harmed By The Unauthorized Practice Of Law.

[See Secs. 3, 8 & 9]

 

S.L. 2011-344 (SB 432) REVISE PROBATE CODE.

An Act To Amend The Jurisdictional And Procedural Provisions Of The Probate Code And Related Statutes To Provide Uniformity In Estate Matters, To Define The Jurisdiction Of The Clerk Of Superior Court Consistent With The Provisions Of The Uniform Trust Code, To Recodify Certain Provisions Relating To The Probate Of Wills, And To Update And Amend The Procedure For Claiming Spousal And Children’s Allowances. [Entire Act]

 

S.L. 2011-375 (HB 644) ESTABLISH PHARMACY AUDIT RIGHTS.

An Act To Establish Pharmacy Audit Rights And To Establish Standards For Recoupment Of Claims And Authorizing A Thirty-Day Period To Submit A Written Request For A Reconsideration Review To The Division Of Medical Assistance. [See Secs. 1 & 3]

 

S.L. 2011-385 (SB 636) MODIFY GRADUATED LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

An Act To Modify The Level 2 Restrictions For Provisional Licenses; To Require A Driving Log Showing Sixty Hours Of Driving Time By A Person With A Limited Learner’s Permit Before A Level 2 Provisional License May Be Issued; To Require A Driving Log Showing Twelve Hours Of

Driving Time By A Provisional Licensee Before A Level 3 Provisional License May Be Issued; To Require An Immediate Revocation Of A Provisional License If The Provisional Licensee Is Charged With Certain Moving Violations; And To Require The Division Of Motor Vehicles To Report On The Effectiveness Of The Provisions Of This Act. [See Secs. 2-4 & 6 (as amended by 2011-412, sec. 3.2)]

 

S.L. 2011-390 (HB 619) FORCED COMBINATIONS.

An Act To Specify The Secretary Of Revenue’s Authority To Adjust The Net Income Of A Corporation Or To Require A Corporation To File A Combined Return. [See Secs. 1-6 & 8 (as amended by S.L. 2011-411, sec. 8(b))]

 

S.L. 2011-398 (SB 781) REGULATORY REFORM ACT OF 2011.

An Act To Increase Regulatory Efficiency In Order To Balance Job Creation And Environmental Protection. [See Secs. 15-55 & 63]

 

S.L. 2011-399 (SB 496) MEDICAID AND HEALTH CHOICE PROVIDER REQ.

An Act Relating To Requirements Of Medicaid And Health Choice Providers.

[See Secs. 1 (enacting G.S. 108C-6), 4 & 6]

 

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. 

 

 

 

Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net

or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

 

 

 

See related:

Rep. Angela Bryant

Newsletter from the Office of Rep. Angela Bryant

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AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

· THE 10th Annual Educational Forum – Issues Affecting Our Community. Honorable Carol Allen White & Staff will be hosting an educational forum on September 17, 2011. For more information contact Kim Harrell, Zee Powell, Samantha Eason, England Dancy, Fay Smith at 252-824-3200. Free to the public.

· The North Carolina Justice Center and AARP North Carolina will host a FREE Luncheon for Older Adults and Caregivers On Health Care Issues, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at OIC Community Health Education Center, 1060 Pinehurst Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27801. *** Come early at 10:30 to get a quick medical screening in OIC’s Mobile Medical Unit. * To reserve your space, contact OIC at 252-212-3461 or Nicole Dozier at nicole@ncjustice.org or 919-856-2146.

· The NC State Conference of the NAACP Education, Expectations and Incarceration: A Look at How Resegregation, High-Stakes Testing and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Marginalize Our Children. The Fifth Annual Romallus O. Murphy CLE, Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 11:30am High Point, NC. Four (4.0) hours of CLE credit have been requested from the North Carolina State Bar For Details and Registration information call NC NAACP at 1-866-626-2227.

DISASTER INFORMATION

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Survivors in all of the 35 federally declared counties for the Individual Assistance program (see list in Summary section) who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Irene, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.

Workers or business owners meeting the following criteria may be eligible for benefits:

• Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits

• Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster

• Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster

• Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income

• Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster

• Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster

There is no waiting week period to file for benefits. Affected workers can receive benefits dated back to the week ending Sept. 3. DUA is funded entirely by the federal government.

Individuals may contact the North Carolina Employment Security Commission by calling 866-795-8877 to apply for DUA benefits. Individuals are encouraged to file as soon as possible. The deadline for filing an initial claim for DUA is Oct. 6.

COUNTIES DESIGNATED FOR INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

VISITING DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

Disaster recovery centers are open in designated counties. Disaster survivors are encouraged to visit the centers to get information on state and federal programs that can help them recover. While survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before they visit a center, people can get help registering at the recovery center or visit with FEMA or U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives. For more information on recovery centers near you, visit the DRC locator.

FEMA REGISTRATION AND SBA DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION ARE KEY TO HURRICANE RECOVERY

For many North Carolinians who need help recovering from Hurricane Irene, registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and completing a disaster loan application from the Small Business Administration are essential.

Even if they don’t want a loan or don’t expect to qualify for a loan, homeowners and renters should complete and return the SBA application. A completed SBA loan application is needed in order to qualify for state and FEMA grants that cover personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage expenses and other help.

There are three ways to register with FEMA:

1. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

2. Register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

3. Register using your tablet or Smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.

For homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations in impacted counties who qualify, SBA loans can be used to pay for disaster-related damages. People with home-based businesses or rental property who have been affected by the storm may also be eligible for SBA loans.

Please follow these links for more information on SBA disaster loans, economic injury disaster loans or to view full story.

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

With three legislative sessions now completed for the year, I wanted this week to share with you a review of the legislative session thus far. There is another session scheduled to start Sept. 12 for the discussion of proposed constitutional amendments and now there are hints that there may be a fourth session to again discuss redistricting. I am troubled that very little of the legislature’s time and attention has been focused on jobs and the economy. My colleagues and I constantly fought to redirect attention to the economy and jobs, but for the most part we were ignored in favor of an extreme social agenda.

Education Budget

I voted against the proposed state budget for a number of reasons, but primarily because I felt it did substantial damage to public education. Let me share with you a few things that have already happened since this budget has gone into place.

_ North Carolina now ranks 49th in the nation in per pupil education spending.

_ We have lost 7,600 state government jobs with many more expected to be announced this month. Many of these newly unemployed people are teachers and teacher assistants, and our local school system will certainly suffer long-term harm as a result.

_ The budget cut college financial aid in North Carolina at a time when we should be trying to make college more attainable for more students. As a result, 6,000 college students who were eligible for financial aid from the state will now be cut off.

_ The budget eliminates all funding for Governor’s School, which was a nearly 50-year old summer enrichment program for the best and brightest high-school students in this state.

_ They have also shut down the Teaching Fellows program, which for more than 20 years awarded college scholarships in exchange for a commitment to teaching in North Carolina. The program is has ensured that many promising students became teachers in North Carolina schools. One study found that 60 percent of the students from the first graduating class of Teaching Fellows remain in our public schools.

This is not the time to go backwards on education in our state. Decades of making public education a priority has resulted in tremendous gains. We learned recently that North Carolina’s high-school graduation rate showed the second-most improvement in the nation from 1998-2008 and continues to climb. We are now above the national average for the first time and we have the nation’s third-highest graduation rate for African-Americans. Our SAT scores showed the most improvement among those states that primarily use the test and our ACT scores rank in the top quarter in the nation.

Protecting and improving public education must continue to be our goal in North Carolina. Education is the key to long-term improvement in our economy and will give our children and grandchildren the tools needed to compete in the global economy. For decades, North Carolina has been a model of excellence in public education that many states have envied and copied. I am committed to continuing to fight to ensure public education is a priority in our state.

Education Policy

In addition to the deep damage done by the budget, a number of troubling education policies were pushed through by the majority.

_ Local disputes in Wake and Burke counties resulted in legislation that prevents the state’s universities and community colleges from considering whether high schools are properly accredited. The possible loss of accreditation for our schools could make it more difficult for students to gain admission to some out-of-state universities or receive scholarships and financial aid.

_ At the same time, the majority passed a bill that prevents some community colleges from offering more low-interest student loans. This comes at time when community colleges are playing a key role in training and retraining our work force, providing citizens with an opportunity to adjust to a changing economy. These workers and students should have wider access to low-interest loans. Our community colleges have been successful because they have been affordable. Restricting access to low-interest loans while so many families are struggling to make ends meet simply makes no sense. The governor wisely vetoed this bill, but the majority evaded her veto by running local bills to exempt some community colleges and state law does not allow her to veto local bills.

_ The majority also attempted to divert money from public education by needlessly taking money from public schools and giving it to new charter schools. The bill would have allowed these charter schools to take money from public schools to pay for transportation and nutrition programs, even if those very same schools provided neither transportation nor school lunches to their students. It was clearly an overreach and the threat of a veto by the governor and the hard line I and others took to protect our schools resulted in a compromise to simply lift the 100-school cap on charter schools. The compromise bill allows for positive charter school growth in North Carolina while ensuring they have proper oversight from the State Board of Education and that funding for traditional public schools is not sacrificed.

Voting

_ The legislature considered several bills this session to suppress voting rights in North Carolina. We have seen bills to shorten the time for early voting, require partisan judicial races again and stop straight ticket voting. They want to end voter registration drives, stop people from driving others to the polls, and allowing same day voter registration. Most offensively, they have tried to require voters to present photo identification at the polls. There are at least a half-million registered voters in this state without photo identification. They are mostly older, minority and Democratic. Voter fraud is all ready a felony in North Carolina and there is no evidence it is a real problem. This bill was simply an attempt to suppress voting in North Carolina. The governor vetoed the bill and her veto was sustained.

_ A bright spot in our new elections laws is legislation that would create a nonpartisan redistricting commission following the 2020 census. I supported this bill and hope such a change will keep redistricting from being such a time-consuming, political process.

Guns

We also seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time this session talking about guns. Like most people in this state, I respect and support the Second Amendment. People have a right to bear arms. People also have a right to feel safe in their communities and some of the bills passed this past session are too extreme for North Carolina families. In particular, one bill passed by the House would allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring those guns on school grounds. The bill also reduces the penalty for those who illegally carry guns onto school property from a felony to a misdemeanor. A separate bill would allow concealed weapons into bars and restaurants where alcohol is served. It’s simply wrong to mix guns and children. It’s wrong to mix guns and alcohol. I support responsible gun ownership but these bills do not fit in with the values of most people in the state of North Carolina.

Abortion

The majority passed a bill requiring doctors to read a state-approved script to patients who come to them to discuss abortions. I remain concerned about state government involving themselves in a decision that should be between a woman and her doctor. The bill also requires the patient to wait at least 24 hours for the procedure. Most alarmingly, there is no exception for victims of rape or incest or for women whose health may be endangered by carrying the child. This bill treats women as if they are incapable of making decisions about their own health and their own families. These decisions are difficult and should be left to a woman, her family and her doctor. This extreme social policy comes on the heels of the state cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood and other pregnancy prevention, counseling and health care screening programs. North Carolina should ensure our women have the tools to make safe and responsible health care decisions.

Environment

This is easily one of the worst sessions we have had for the environment in North Carolina in modern history. We all believe that North Carolina should audit and study regulations that are on the books and cut any that are simply burdening small businesses or slowing job growth. However, we must also be sure that we maintain vital oversight on issues and processes that impact our quality of life. Time and again we are reminded that businesses often locate here due to our exceptional quality of life and clean environment. They enjoy access to a clean coast and mostly undeveloped mountain ridges. They appreciate our efforts to keep our air and water clean. Some legislators are working to roll back nearly all of our state regulations to the minimum levels set by the federal government. The cleanup of Jordan Lake, a drinking water supply for some cities in the Piedmont, will be delayed, at best. State regulation of toxic chemicals such as ammonia and sulfuric acid that are released into the air by industry will be weakened. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lose a third of its funding in the next two years. That means there will be fewer experts looking out for our water and air quality and it means there will be fewer people to help correct problems that will inevitably surface. This is unacceptable and we can and must do better.

DID YOU KNOW…

NC county may stop asking about convictions

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. A North Carolina county may stop asking job-seekers about criminal convictions on its application form. Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt said Friday a committee has recommended that the county not ask job applicants about a criminal record until they are interviewed. That approach would give applicants with checkered histories a chance to explain. Shutt says the full board of commissioners is expected to consider the idea Tuesday. The county is increasing background checks on the job seekers it chooses to interview. Deputy county manager James Lawson says officials want to send the message that everyone is having their qualifications considered. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says asking about criminal histories on applications can discriminate against black applicants, who the agency says are convicted of crimes in disproportionate numbers. Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

Teen Vote Pre – Registration

Youth Up!

September is the month local boards of elections in all 100 counties are required to conduct voter registration drives in high schools. Democracy NC is organizing volunteers in some counties to ask teenagers as young as 16 to pre-register or register. Many local elections boards could use the help! Ask your local board of elections how you can help – and, while you’re at it, ask about being a poll worker, too! For more info you can call our office: 919-286-6000.

Wedge Issue- Marriage Ban Amendment

The Republicans have voted to put Constitutional Amendment on ballot to ban marriage between couples of the same sex, which is already against state law. Even the ultra-conservative Shelby Star says this is just an effort by Republicans to increase turnout of their voters with a hot-button ballot proposal; the paper opposes the amendment as a stupid intrusion of government into a personal commitment between two people.

We believe the amendment is also a cynical abuse of the democratic process to distort election results in 2012, of the primary elections.

Redistricting

The Republican-drawn redistricting maps have been submitted to the DC federal court and US Justice Department for “pre-clearance” approval under the Voting Rights Act. A decision could come within 60 days. Opponents, including the NC NAACP and a coalition of progressive groups, will likely challenge the maps in state and/or federal court, even if the maps are pre-cleared. That could stretch out the process considerably. Click here to learn more. For more information on how to get involved, contact Southern Coalition for Social Justice, 115 Market Street, Ste. 470, Durham, N.C. 27701-3241, (919) 323-3380 or visit their website at www.southerncoalition.org. or Shaunee Morgan, with Democracy North, 1821 Green Street, Durham, NC, (919)-286-6000 ext. 14 27705

Grants Awarded

Housing Finance Awards Grant

The Board of Directors has awarded $150,000 to Choanoke Area Development Association of NC from the Housing Trust Fund’s Urgent Repair Program to make emergency repairs for 65 homes in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton Counties. These loans will enable elderly and disabled North Carolinians and others with special needs to continue living safely in their own homes. In 2010 the average income of Urgent Repair Program beneficiaries was $12,253 and 77 percent had incomes less than 30 percent of the area median income. The 2011 awards totaled $2.25 million, and will finance emergency home repairs to 568 homes in 37 counties.

NC Military Business Center has awarded Babington Technology in Rocky Mount $26,786.50 for a 29-Pump Fuel, Electrical.

NC The Rural Center

The Rural Center has awarded the Town of Middlesex a grant of $23,823.78, under the Clean Water Partner’s Infrastructure Fund, to cover the costs of their well renovation and meter project.

Ethics Tips – Non Profit Information

The State Government Ethics Act does not prevent the exchange of gifts among legislators. Please remember that no legislator can accept anything of value in return for being influenced in the discharge of that legislator’s official responsibilities. G.S. 138A-32(a).

Contact: Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net

or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

Newsletter from the Office of Rep. Angela Bryant


 

 

 

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives

 

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties, District 7

       

 

 

Volume IV, Issue 6

March 4, 2011

 

 

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

 

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

 

 

AROUND THE DISTRICT& MORE

 

REP. BRYANT TOURS THE NEW ENFIELD SCHOOL SENIOR APARTMENTS ON SAT. FEB. 26.

 

Rep. Angela Bryant shown with Tyrone Williams,

Chair of The CADA Board of Directors at the Open

House of  the Enfield Senior Apartments

SENIORS – 25 NEW APARTMENTS AVAILABLE ASAP!  $99 DEPOSIT – LIMITED OFFER; RENT BASED ON INCOME

For more information on leasing and more contact:

ENFIELD SCHOOL APARTMENTS

498 Sherrod Heights, Enfield, NC

252-445-1272

 

1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes developed by CADA; Beautiful, Historic building designed especially for seniors with library, craft room, fitness center and community room; secured access with elevator; handicap accessible; bathrooms and features; modern kitchen including refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave.  To apply bring photo ID, birth certificate, bank statements, and proof of income.

 

 

·      Free Wills, Advance Directives, and Income Tax Clinic, Monday, March 7, 2011, Down East Partnership for Children, 215 Lexington St., Rocky Mount, N.C. 27802.  The clinic will offer execution of wills, power of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and federal and state tax returns. Law students supervised by attorneys will interview clients and draft their advance directives.  Interested community members can make an appointment for the clinic by calling the Legal Aid Wilson office at 1-800-682-7902 and asking to make an appointment for “the March 7th Wills Clinic.”  All clients must meet Legal Aid income eligibility guidelines as determined by a short phone interview when they make the appointment.

 

·      Free Wills, Advance Directives, and Income Tax Clinic, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Halifax Community College, 200 College Drive, Weldon.  Scotland Neck Town Hall, 1310 Main Street, Scotland Neck.  The clinic will offer execution of wills, power of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and federal and state tax returns. Law students supervised by attorneys will interview clients and draft their advance directives.  Interested community members can make an appointment for the clinic by calling the Legal Aid Wilson office at 1-800-682-7902 and asking to make an appointment for “the March 7th Wills Clinic.”  All clients must meet Legal Aid income eligibility guidelines as determined by a short phone interview when they make the appointment.

 

·      The Second Annual Women to Women Conference, 10:00am-3:30pm, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The Centre at Halifax Community College.  “The Women Gather” presented by The Women of Excellence with Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni, poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.  Registration is free and open until March 7, 2011. 

 

·      College Round-Up 2011, Saturday, March 12, 2011, Keihin Auditorium, Edgecombe Community College. Free Admission. Special guest speaker Kim Coles.  Bring transcripts and ACT/SAT scores and meet with more than 20 colleges and universities who are willing and ready to accept you.  All application fees are waived.  For more information, contact Fay Smith at 252-883-2667 or collegeroundup@centurylink.net.

 

·      Introduction to Program Evaluation in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, March 15, 2011.  Sponsored by the NC TraCS Institute.  The workshop will discuss the purpose for evaluation and familiarize participants with the major types of program evaluation including process, impact, and outcome evaluation.

 

·      Cultural Awareness Fair, Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Tillery Community Center.

 

·      Mobile Dental Clinic at Halifax Community College, Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, 2011.  The NC Missions of Mercy, an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society, will hold a mobile dental clinic at Halifax Community College in Weldon on March 25th and 26th. The clinic will operate from 8:00am -5:00pm.  For more information, contact Lisa Ward at 919-234-4024 or email at lward@ncdental.org.

 

·      Approved North Carolina Highway Historical Markers Bearing: Anna Easter Brown and Operation Dixie.  Plans call for erecting the Anna Easter Brown marker alongside NC 43 (East Grand Avenue) at Holly Street in Rocky Mount. She was the founder in 1908 of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest sorority for African Americans and also a history teacher.  Her grave is ¼ mile east of the marker location., The Operation Dixie marker will be placed alongside US 301 Business (Franklin Street) at McDonald Street in Rocky Mount. The Operation Dixie marker will commerate black leaf house workers in eastern N.C. who unionized in 1946.  This was the first pro-union vote at a tobacco factory 1 block West from the marker location and was a precursor to civil rights movement. 

 

·      North Carolina Capital Access Program, Monday, March 14th in Greenville and Elizabeth City. For the full schedule go to website –www.ncruralcenter.org. In September, the U.S. Congress passed the federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Under the act, North Carolina has received $46.1 million to boost business and job growth through the North Carolina Capital Access Program (NC-CAP).  Governor Beverly Perdue has designated the N.C.  Rural Economic Development Center to administer the program in all 100 counties. The potential impact of NC-CAP on the economy of our state is immense, but only if we all do our parts – banks, businesses and the state’s business support network.  Find out what you can do to help make NC-CAP a success. Please join us for a regional briefing near you or learn more about the program through the sources listed in this announcement.  To Register Send an e-mail to nc-cap@ncruralcenter.org. Please include the names of all individuals who will attend from your organization, the name of your organization and which session you plan to attend.  For more information contact:  N.C. Rural Economic Development Center visit their website at: www.ncruralcenter.org or contact Tony Johnson at 919-250-4314 Business Link North Carolina: www.blnc.gov or 800-228-8443. 

 

·      The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service Local Roundtable Discussion -March 5th, 2011 at the O.I.C. building in Rocky Mount, N.C. — 8:30 am until 10:30 am.  For more information contact:  Cecily Timmons at 919-995-3248 or 919-832-9996.

 

·       North Carolina Green Business Fund And North Carolina Office Of Science And Technology Call For Proposals No.: NCBST-11011GBF-ARRA, Deadline – 5 p.m. Friday March 18, 2011.The North Carolina Green Business Fund and the North Carolina Office of Science and Technology, a division of the state Department of Commerce, are seeking proposals from qualified small for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations with eligible projects for energy efficiency projects to reduce energy consumption, implement renewable energy measures and promote the use of building energy efficiency.  Proposals are solicited from North Carolina-based for-profit businesses with fewer than 100 employees and non-profit organizations with projects that directly benefit small businesses. Funds for this solicitation come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through a federal Department of Energy grant to the North Carolina Energy Office, and are intended to result in significant and sustained job creation and energy efficiency.  All questions must be submitted in via e-mail or in writing by 5 p.m. Friday March 18, 2011, to: Mr. Paul Shannon, Green Business Fund Administrator, at pshannon@nccommerce.com or 301 N. Wilmington Street, 1326 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C.27699-1326.  This solicitation closes at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

 

·      The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service is now accepting applications for the 8th Annual Women in Office Institute. Session I will be held on Thursday June 23 through Sunday June 26.  Session II will be held on Thursday July 21 through Saturday July 23 on the Campus of Peace College. The Women in Office Institute is an intensive leadership program that prepares women to seek elected or appointed office. Applications accepted February 1 – April 1. For more information contact, Cecily Timmons at 919-995-3248 or 919-832-9996.

 

·      North Carolina Veterans Park Dedication Ceremony, 10:00am, Monday, July 4, 2011, 300 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC.

 

·       US Small Business Association Launches Temporary Program for Commercial Real Estate Refinancing –Small businesses facing maturity of commercial mortgages or balloon payments before Sat. Dec. 31, 2012, may be able to refinance their mortgage debt with a 504 loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration under a new, temporary program announced today.  SBA will begin accepting refinancing applications on Feb. 28. The program, authorized under the Small Business Jobs Act, will be in effect through Sept. 27, 2012.The SBA initially will open the program to businesses with immediate need due to impending balloon payments before Dec. 31, 2012.  SBA will revisit the program later and may open it to businesses with balloon payments due after that date or those that can demonstrate strong need in other ways.  Congress authorized SBA to approve up to $15 billion in loans under this program ($7.5 billion in both fiscal 2011 and 2012).  Together with the first mortgage, this temporary program will provide up to $33.8 billion of total project financing.  The program is expected to benefit as many as 20,000 businesses. For more information visit: http://www.smallbusiness3.com/pdf/english/northcarolina.pdf or contact Mike Ernandes, Public Information Officer at 704-344-6588, email mike.ernandes@sba.gov

 

·      Project S.E.E.D. (Screening and Educating to Eliminate Disparities)  The Purpose of Project S.E.E.D. is to eliminate health disparities, specifically diabetes, in rural African American communities. Specifically, Project S.E.E.D. con-ducts translational research. S.E.E.D is now in its second year of the project and this year, we are using a new curriculum entitled, “With Every Heartbeat is Life” that focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention. The programs are being held at three sites in Halifax County at St. Paul Baptist Church, in Franklin County at Walnut Grove Baptist Church and in Wilson County at the Wilson OIC. If you are interested and would like more information please contact: Together Transforming Lives, Inc., at (252) 673-3584 and ask about Project S.E.E.D. and how you can get your community involved!

 

·      Let’s Go T.O.R.O. (Teach One, Reach One)! Teach One, Reach One (T.O.R.O.) is a program in Nash and Edgecombe Counties that understands the importance of open communication between youth and their caregivers and works as an HIV prevention project as well! T.O.R.O. is for African American Youth ages (10-14) and their caregivers! It is a program designed to help youth and their caregivers improve their communication skills for youth to learn ways to better communicate with their caregiver, for caregivers to learn ways to improve their parental monitoring! This program is ideal for youth who are active leaders in the community! If you know of a youth leader who would be great for this program, please contact us using the box on the left! Friend us on Facebook and Twitter! Send your friend request to TORO Grace or email us projectgrace@schsr.unc.edu and we’ll be face-booking and tweeting to-gether.

 

·      Would you be willing to participate in a Research Survey? Do you live in Franklin, Halifax, Northampton, or Wilson County? Are you an adult (over the age of 18) and a caregiver to an African American Youth 10-14? Please contact Dynasty Health Solutions, Inc. (252) 535-9600 and ask about taking a research survey!!!

 

·      Consider the Job Corps – Job training, Career and Skill Development, Job Recruitment and Placement, GED/Diploma if needed; stipends availableJob Corps is not the alternative to high school education and it is strongly urged for students to stay enrolled in the public/private school system.  For more information contact, Rena F. Bunns-Battle Admissions Counselor, Battle.Rena@jobcorps.org or call (252) 355-9067 x234- Office or visit the website at www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov.

 

Halifax Community College’s Community Outreach/Listening Tour Calendar 2011

 

          Place                                          Contact Person(s)                                      Date

(1)   Seaboard Town Hall

 

 

 

(2)   Halifax Community College-Enfield Satellite Center

  

Bobby Moss, Mayor

       Becky Warrick

      (252)589-5061

 

Martha Carroll, Enfield Site Coordinator (252) 445-5684

Bobby Davis, Town Manager

   (252) 445-5569 or 445 3146

Vera Palmer ext: 376

 

 

           Tuesday:

       March 15, 2011

      6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

           Tuesday:

         March 29, 2011

      6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

(3)   Hollister Elementary School

        Waiting to hear from         

        principal

Bill Evans, Community Member                                 (252)-586-4293             

Allen Sledge, Principal

(252) 586-4344

Tuesday:

April 12, 2011

6:00 p.m.-7:30p.m.

(4)   First Baptist Church (Hodgestown)

Carl Ferebee

(252)535-8011   

Columbus Jeffers

(252)535-2365     

Tuesday:

April 26, 2011

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

(5)   Lincoln Heights Church of God

 

          Florine Bell

       (252) 537-9843

faithone@centurylink.net

           Monday:

        May 23, 2011

     6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.     

(6)   Littleton Town Hall or Fire Department

Still trying to identify the specific place.

Betty Willis, Mayor 

donandbettywillis@littletonnc.com

(252)586-2799 

Wednesday:

May 25, 2011

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Halifax Community College’s Lake Gaston Community Center Site

Dean Palmer was not able to get a date due to classes meeting every night, either 5:00  p.m.-9:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Dean Palmer was not able to get a date due to the classes meeting every night, either 5:00  p.m.-9:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

 

GRANTS AWARDED IN THE DISTRICT

 

·      Rural City Grant Awarded: Town of Scotland Neck, Halifax County.  The Town of Scotland Neck requested $46,107 to support the reuse of a 3,000 sq. ft. downtown building that has been vacant for five months.  La Casetta Italian Restaurant will reuse the property to open a second location in Scotland Neck.  La Casetta has a baseline employment of zero jobs in Scotland Neck, and will create six new, full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $13,195.  The total project cost is $93,597.

 

·      Rural City Grant Awarded: Halifax County.  Halifax County requested $172,171 to support the renovation of a 3000 sq. ft. medical building to establish the Halifax Regional Wound Care Center.  Halifax Regional Medical Center has a baseline employment of 851 jobs and will create 22 new, full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $65,000 and will provide benefits. The total project cost is $659,478.

 

·      Rural City Grant Awarded: Nash County.  Nash County requested $32,000 to support the construction of an 8,300 sq. ft. medical center. Nash Health Care Systems (NHCS) will construct a permanent, physician-based primary care medical campus to serve the rural population in southwestern Nash, Franklin, Johnston and Wilson Counties.  Together the companies have a baseline employment of 1,852 and will create four new, full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $78,400 and will provide benefits. The total project cost is $3,097,300.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

 

ETHICS TIPS

 

A legislator shall not use confidential information gained in the course of official activities or by reason of the legislator’s official position for financial gain of the legislator or any other person.  G.S. 120-87

 

A legislative employee shall not improperly use or disclose nonpublic information gained in the course of a legislative employee’s official responsibilities.  G.S. 138A-34.

 

Please contact the State Ethics Commission at 919-715-2071 or at ethics.commission@doa.nc.gov if there are any questions.

 

Budget – 2/24/11

 

_ The budget proposals released by the new majority call for enormous cuts to education. Cuts they are considering include:

 

_ Elimination of the international model programs Smart Start and More at Four.

 

_ Turning away qualified students from UNC system schools by implementing an enrollment cap.

 

_ Driving up enrollment at community colleges, though it is unclear if spending for these schools will increase.

 

_ Decreasing financial aid options and eliminating some tuition waivers.

 

 

_ In the Health and Human Services sector, the budget proposes cuts of nearly $400 million — a roughly 8 percent cut over what Gov. Perdue proposed. Budget writers are also considering raiding the state’s Health and Wellness Trust Fund, which has established with money from the state’s settlement with tobacco companies about 10 years ago. The money is used to promote healthy lifestyles in the state and has been critical in efforts to reduce teen smoking, among other challenges.

 

_ The proposal calls for a 30 percent spending reduction in the Natural and Economic Resources budget. This is money used to keep our air, water and land clean, but the budget also includes money used to help draw business to North Carolina. The plan calls for no investment in the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to protect our state’s water supply. It also instructs budget writers to look at diverting money from the Tobacco Trust Fund and the Golden Leaf Foundation, both of which help communities dealing with the decline of the tobacco industry. Other funds targeted include the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Wildlife Resources funds. Funding for local water and sewer projects also appear to be at risk.

 

I will be sharing more about the budget over the next several months as it develops. In the meantime, please call me if I can provide you any specific information.

 

 

Veto

 

_ Gov. Perdue vetoed her first bill of the session this week. The proposal (S13) called for diverting money out of the state’s economic development budget, the Golden Leaf Foundation and the Health and Wellness Trust Fund, among others. I voted against the bill because it signaled that North Carolina was no longer interested in recruiting jobs to this state. The Department of Commerce said several companies put their plans to consider North Carolina as a site for expansion or relocation on hold because they were unsure if the state would be able to assist them with some of their costs. The sponsors of the bill have said they will not attempt to override the governor’s veto and will instead seek to write a compromise bill that addresses our concerns.

 

 

Public Safety

 

_ I supported a bill this week that seeks to further protect the public from sex offenders. The proposal (H59) prohibits registered sex offenders from obtaining Emergency Medical Service credentials. Those who are convicted of a sex offense cannot have their credentials renewed. The bill now goes to the Senate.

 

NC Budget and Tax Center Brief

 

Cutting the Corporate Tax Rate Unlikely to Boost Economy or Create Jobs

Key Findings:

  • In her state of the State address, Governor Perdue proposed cutting the corporate tex rate by 2 percentage points from 6.9 to 4.9 percent.
  • A 29 percent cut in the corporate income tax (from 6.9 to 4.9 percent) would result in just a 2.2 percent cut in overall business taxation and only a 0.04 percent reduction in total business costs.
  • Cuts in the corporate tax rate are not targeted to businesses undertaking new investments, job creation or research and development. Thus, they do not generate the kind of new economic activity that is needed to create more jobs.
  • Investments in education, transportation and public safety have been shown to result in improved economic outcomes.  When business tax cuts are proposed that will reduce available revenue to the state and require cut to these critical public structures, the state’s long-term economic growth and quality of life is compromised.

 

Educate yourself, know who your appropriations/budget leaders are and communicate with them.

SENATE SUBCOMMITTEES

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education/Higher Education

Co-chairs:

Sen Tom Apodaca (R) Buncombe, Henderson, and Polk County

Sen. Jean Preston (R) Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico County

Sen. Jerry W. Tillman (R) Montgomery and Randolph County

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology

Co-chairs:

Sen. Andrew C. Brock (R) Davie and Rowan County

Sen. Jim Davis (R) Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania County

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

Co-chairs:

Sen. Stan Bingham (R) Davidson and Guilford County

Sen. Harris Black (R) Harnett and Moore County

Sen. Louis Pate (R) Greene, Pitt and Wayne County

Vice-chair:

Sen. Tommy Tucker (R) Mecklenburg and Union County

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety

Co-chairs:

Sen. Harry Brown (R) Jones and Onslow County

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R) New Hanover County

Vice-chairs:

Sen. Ed Jones (D) Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans County

Sen. Dan Soucek (R) Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes County

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources

Co-chairs:

Sen. Don East (R) Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin County

Sen. David Rouzer (R) Johnston and Wayne County

Vice-chair:

Sen. Brent Jackson (R) Duplin, Lenoir, and Sampson County

 

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Transportation

Co-chairs:

Sen. James Forrester (R) Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln County

Sen. Kathy Harrington (R) Gaston

Vice-chair:

Sen. Bill Rabon (R) Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender County

 

HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEES

 

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

Co-chairs:

Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R) Burke County

Rep. Mark K. Hilton (R) Catawba

Rep. Bryan R. Holloway (R) Rockingham and Stokes County

Vice-chairs

Rep. G. L. Pridgen (R) Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland County

Rep. Norman W. Sanderson (R) Craven and Pamlico Country

 

House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Co-chairs:

Rep. George G. Cleveland (R) Onslow County

Rep. Dale R. Folwell (R) Forsyth County

Vice-chair:

Rep. Elmer Floyd (D) Cumberland County

 

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

Co-chairs:

Rep. Justin P. Burr (R) Montgomery, Stanly, and Union County

Rep. Nelson Dollar (R) Wake County

Vice-chairs:

Rep. William R. Brisson (D) Bladen and Cumberland County

Rep. Mark W. Hollo (R) Alexander and Catawba County

Rep. Tom Murry (R) Wake County

 

House Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety

Co-chairs:

Rep. N. Leo Daughtry (R) Johnston County

Rep. R. David Guice (R) Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania County

Rep. Shirley B. Randleman (R) Wilkes County

Vice-chairs:

Rep. James L. Boles, Jr. (R) Moore County

Rep. John Faircloth (R) Guilford

Rep. Dan W. Ingle (R) Alamance

Rep. Timothy L. Spear (D) Chowan, Dare, Hyde, and Washington County

Rep. Sarah Stevens (R) Alleghany and Surry County

 

House Appropriations Committee on Natural and Economic Resources

Co-chairs:

Rep. Carolyn H. Joyner (R) New Hanover and Pender County

Rep. Roger West (R) Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon County

Vice-chairs:

Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque (R) Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne County

Rep. Efton M. Sager (R) Wayne County

 

House Appropriations Committee on Transportation

Co-chairs:

Rep. Phillip Frye (R) Avery, Caldwell, Mitchell, and Yancey County

Rep. Ric Killian (R) Mecklenburg County

Vice-chairs:

Rep. James W. Crawford, Jr. (R) Granville and Vance County

Rep. Frank Iler (R) Brunswick County

 

House Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Alcohol Beverage Control

Chair:

Rep. James L. Boles, Jr. (R) Moore County

 

House Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Business and Labor

Chair:

Rep. Darrell G. McCormick (R) Iredell, Surry, and Yadkin County

 

House Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Science and Technology

Chair:

Marilyn Avila (R) Wake County

 

House Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Mental Health

Chair:

Pat B. Hurley (R) Randolph County
Vice-chairs:

Rep. Justin P. Burr (R) Montgomery, Stanly, and Union County

Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham (D) Mecklenburg

Rep. Shirley B. Randleman (R) Wilkes County

 

House Judiciary Subcommittee A (Civil)

Chair:

Rep. John M. Blust (R) Guilford County

 

House Judiciary Subcommittee B (Criminal)

Co-chairs:

Rep. Paul Stam (R) Wake County

Rep. Sarah Stevens (R) Alleghany and Surry County

 

House Judiciary Subcommittee C (Family)

Co-chairs:

Rep. Tim Moore (R) Cleveland County

Rep. Johnathan Rhyne, Jr. (R) Lincoln County

 

 

INTRODUCED BILLS

The following bills have been introduced during weeks 3 & 4 (February 7-17) of Session:

 

House Bills:

 

H 125. OPTIONAL VOTE CENTERS FOR SECOND PRIMARY. Filed 2/17/11. TO PERMIT COUNTIES TO HAVE FEWER THAN ALL PRECINCTS OPEN FOR A SECOND PRIMARY.

 

H 126. NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE ACT. Filed 2/17/11. TO ESTABLISH THE NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE.

 

H 127. ALLOW EXPANSION OF CAPITATED WAIVER. Filed 2/17/11. TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO EXPAND THE CAPITATED 1915(B)/(C) MEDICAID WAIVER TO ADDITIONAL LOCAL MANAGEMENT ENTITY CATCHMENT AREAS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.

 

H 129. LEVEL PLAYING FIELD/LOCAL GOV’T COMPETITION. Filed 2/17/11. TO PROTECT JOBS AND INVESTMENT BY REGULATING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMPETITION WITH PRIVATE BUSINESS.

 

H 130. WOMEN AT RISK FUNDS. Filed 2/17/11. TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE WOMEN AT RISK PROGRAM.

 

H 131. FUNDS/ONE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PER COUNTY. Filed 2/17/11. DIRECTING THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR ONLY ONE LOCAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PER COUNTY.

 

H 132. MAKE UP SNOW DAYS WITH DISTANCE LEARNING (=S 62). Filed 2/17/11. TO ALLOW LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS TO MAKE UP SNOW DAYS BY REQUIRING STUDENTS TO COMPLETE LESSONS POSTED ONLINE.

 

H 135. EFFICIENT AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY RATES BILL. Filed 2/17/11. (1) TO REQUIRE THE NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH TIERED ELECTRICITY RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC, AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS TO ENCOURAGE ENERGY CONSERVATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY; (2) TO CREATE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PUBLIC BENEFIT LOAN FUND TO BE USED FOR LOANS TO CUSTOMERS FOR THE COSTS OF CERTAIN ENERGY EFFICIENCY OR

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS; AND (3) TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR CONSUMERS TO PURCHASE ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS.

 

H 137. TWO-THIRDS BONDS ACT OF 2011. Filed 2/17/11. TO ENACT THE TWO-THIRDS BONDS ACT OF 2011.

 

H 138. AMEND HEALTH INSURANCE RISK POOL STATUTES. Filed 2/17/11. TO AMEND THE HEALTH INSURANCE RISK POOL STATUTES.

 

H 139. LIMIT CONTRIBUTIONS BY STATE VENDORS. Filed 2/17/11. TO LIMIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY INDIVIDUALS WHO DIRECTLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY BENEFIT FROM CONTRACTS WITH THE STATE TO CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES OF CERTAIN STATEWIDE CANDIDATES.

 

H 142. TECH CORR: ELIGIBILITY OF INDUST FACILITIES. Filed 2/17/11. TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO THE INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES SALES TAX REFUND.

 

H 144. INCREASE FAMILY COURT FEE (=S 43). Filed 2/17/11. TO INCREASE THE FEE AUTHORIZED TO BE CHARGED TO PERSONS RECEIVING THE SERVICES OF A SUPERVISED VISITATION AND EXCHANGE CENTER THROUGH A FAMILY COURT PROGRAM.

 

H 145. WORK/SCHOOL ZONES—SPEED CAMERA PILOT PROGRAM. Filed 2/17/11. TO ESTABLISH A PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY BY AUTHORIZING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC SPEED-MEASURING SYSTEMS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO DETECT SPEED LIMIT VIOLATIONS IN HIGHWAY WORK AND SCHOOL ZONES, TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR THE APPROVAL, USE, AND CALIBRATION OF ELECTRONIC SPEED-MEASURING SYSTEMS, TO ESTABLISH A CIVIL PENALTY FOR SPEED VIOLATIONS IN WORK AND SCHOOL ZONES THAT ARE DETECTED BY THOSE SYSTEMS, TO CREATE A NEW SPECIAL FUND WITHIN THE STATE CIVIL PENALTY AND FORFEITURE FUND, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE PENALTIES INTO THE DESIGNATED SPECIAL FUND, AND TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF HIGHWAY FUNDS TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION FOR DRIVERS EDUCATION.

 

H 147. FUNDS TO PREVENT INFANT MORTALITY (=S 28). Filed 2/17/11. TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO PREVENT INFANT MORTALITY IN NORTH CAROLINA.

 

H 148. VETERANS PARK DEDICATION (=S 85). Filed 2/17/11. HONORING THE DEDICATION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA VETERANS PARK.

 

H 150. UPDATE STATE AUDITOR’S DUTIES. Filed 2/21/11. TO UPDATE THE STATE AUDITOR’S STATUTE IN ORDER TO STANDARDIZE AUDITEE RESPONSE TIMES, CLARIFY THE TIMING OF WHEN THE STATE AUDITOR CAN REFER INFORMATION TO APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES, CLARIFY THE FACT THAT NO UPDATES ARE REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN ON FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS, UPDATE DESCRIPTION OF AUDITOR ACCESS PER CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY, AND REMOVING THE STATE AUDITOR FROM AN EX OFFICIO DUTY.

 

H 153. NO STATE RETIREMENT FOR CONVICTED FELONS. Filed 2/21/11. TO PROHIBIT A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY FROM RECEIVING RETIREMENT FROM THE TEACHERS’ AND STATE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

 

H 154. REFORM MEDICAL MALPRACTICE EVIDENTIARY RULES. Filed 2/21/11. TO PERMIT INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE REGARDING DEFENDANTS’ INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR LIABILITY IN ANY CIVIL ACTION.

 

H 155. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE COVERAGE. Filed 2/21/11. TO ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE CLASSIFICATION RATING PLAN FOR PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR PHYSICIANS.

 

H 157. UNC BD OF GOV/STUDENT MEMBER MAY VOTE (=S 84). Filed 2/22/11. TO PROVIDE THAT THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SHALL HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO VOTE AS ALL OTHER MEMBERS.

 

H 158. LIMIT LEGISLATORS TO FOUR CONSECUTIVE TERMS. Filed 2/22/11. TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FOUR CONSECUTIVE TERMS IN A HOUSE.

 

H 159. MILITARY SERVICE NOTATION ON LICENSES. Filed 2/22/11. TO AUTHORIZE THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO MAKE A NOTATION ON A NORTH CAROLINA DRIVERS LICENSE SHOWING A LICENSE HOLDER’S MILITARY VETERAN STATUS.

 

H 160. CHECK-OFF DONATION: BREAST CANCER SCREENING. Filed 2/22/11. TO PROVIDE SPACE ON THE INCOME TAX RETURN FOR INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE DONATIONS FOR EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER AS PROVIDED BY THE BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER CONTROL PROGRAM.

 

H 161. TRANSFER STATE HEALTH PLAN TO STATE TREASURER. Filed 2/22/11. TO TRANSFER THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE HEALTH PLAN FOR TEACHERS AND STATE EMPLOYEES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TREASURER.

 

H 162. EXEMPT SMALL AG PROCESSING FROM PERMIT REQ. Filed 2/22/11. TO EXEMPT CERTAIN ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SMALL-SCALE PROCESSING OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FROM WASTEWATER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.

 

H 164. UPSET BIDDER NOTICE IN FORECLOSURE. Filed 2/23/11. TO REQUIRE THAT THE NOTICE OF SALE AND THE NOTICE FILED BY AN UPSET BIDDER IN A FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING INCLUDE AN EXPLANATION OF THE EFFECT OF A BANKRUPTCY PETITION THAT IS FILED DURING THE TEN-DAY UPSET BID PERIOD.

 

H 165. PLANNED COMMUNITY & CONDO ACT AMENDS. Filed 2/23/11. TO AMEND THE PLANNED COMMUNITY ACT AND THE CONDOMINIUM ACT TO ADD OR ENHANCE CONSUMER PROTECTION PROVISIONS, INCLUDING PROVISIONS RELATED TO DISCRETION IN ENFORCEMENT BY HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS, PROCESSES REQUIRED FOR IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS, OPEN MEETINGS, RECORD KEEPING, USE OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS ON FORECLOSURE, DECLARANT CONTROL, AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION ABOUT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS TO POTENTIAL PURCHASERS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS.

 

H 167. EXTEND ASSESSMENT REFUND PERIOD. Filed 2/23/11. TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REFUND SPECIFIED UNUSED ASSESSMENTS.

 

H 168. ZONING/AGRICULTURAL ANNEXATION EXEMPTION. Filed 2/23/11. PROVIDING A ZONING EXEMPTION FOR ANY AGRICULTURAL INTEREST ANNEXED BY A MUNICIPALITY AND EXEMPTING COVERAGE OF ANY AGRICULTURAL INTEREST IN THE EXTRATERRITORIAL PLANNING JURISDICTION OF A MUNICIPALITY.

 

H 171. MUNICIPAL SELF-ANNEXATIONS. Filed 2/23/11. TO RESTATE THAT A MUNICIPALITY HAS NO AUTHORITY TO PETITION ITSELF FOR SELF-ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY IT DOES NOT OWN OR HAVE ANY LEGAL INTEREST IN, SUCH AS STATE-MAINTAINED STREETS.

 

H 172. ENCOURAGE MILITARY VETERAN CONTRACTOR USE. Filed 2/23/11. TO ENCOURAGE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO USE MILITARY VETERAN CONTRACTORS.

 

H 174. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER LIEN ACT. Filed 2/23/11. TO ENACT THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER LIEN ACT.

 

H 175. PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST/LOCAL CONTROL. Filed 2/23/11. TO AMEND THE SCHOOL CALENDAR LAW TO PUT STUDENTS FIRST AND TO RESTORE LOCAL CONTROL.

 

H 176. REVIEW DV PROGRAM PARTICIPATION. Filed 2/23/11. TO PROVIDE FOR REVIEW OF A DEFENDANT’S PARTICIPATION IN A COURT-ORDERED ABUSER TREATMENT PROGRAM, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

 

H 177. ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS 2011. Filed 2/23/11. TO MAKE CLARIFYING, CONFORMING, AND TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO VARIOUS LAWS RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

 

H 178. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/FUNDING AMENDMENTS. Filed 2/23/11. TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER FUND AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

 

 

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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 http://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. 

 

 

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Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives • NC House District 7•

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603; • 919-733-5878-P • 919-754-3289-F •Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net.

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