From The Office Of Representative Shelly Willingham

 

 

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Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

300 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 12, 2016

 

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

 

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

 

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

 

 

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 23

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

 

RALEIGH & THE STATE

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REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment.  Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article76997927.html

NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits

North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/

 

Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Read more here: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-quiet-hb2-opponents/15698344/

 

Legislative Leaders Set Budget Target

The House and Senate haven’t yet announced details about their budget plans. House budget subcommittees have been meeting this week, and Dollar has said he hopes to have his chamber’s proposal ready in the coming weeks. Agreeing on a spending target early in the process could help avoid the lengthy budget impasse lawmakers faced last year, when the final budget wasn’t approved until nearly three months after the fiscal year began. In 2015, the House passed a budget that increased spending by 5 percent, while the Senate’s budget bill had a 2 percent spending increase. It took weeks of negotiations to arrive at a $21.74 billion budget target, which was a 3.1 percent increase. This year’s budget will bring a smaller increase in state spending, and the decision drew praise from the conservative Americans For Prosperity.  Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article75653822.html

 

NC House Raises Penalties for Drunk Boating

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

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/house-raises-penalties-for-drunk-boating-/15699882/

 

 

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From The Desk Of Shelly Willingham NC House of Representatives

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Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

300 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 21, 2016

DISTRICT 23

Edgecombe

Martin

COMMITTEES

Agriculture

Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appropriations

Appropriations –   Information Technology

Banking

Education-Universities

Elections

Judiciary IV

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

RALEIGH, THE STATE AND U.S.

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THE 2016 SHORT LEGISLATIVE SESSION WILL RECONVENE ON MONDAY APRIL 25, 2016 AT 7PM.

4th Circuit Ruling Out of VA Poses Threat to HB2

Maxine Eichner, a University of North Carolina law professor who is an expert on sexual orientation and the law, said the ruling — the first of its kind by a federal appeals court — means the provision of North Carolina’s law pertaining to restroom use by transgender students in schools that receive federal funds also is invalid.  “The effects of this decision on North Carolina are clear,” she said, adding that a judge in that state will have no choice but to apply the appeals court’s ruling. Other states in the 4th Circuit are Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina. While those states are directly affected by the appeals court’s ruling, Eichner said the impact will be broader.  “It is a long and well-considered opinion that sets out the issues,” she said.  “It will be influential in other circuits.”

Read more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/appeals-court-overturns-virginia-schools-transgender-bathroom-rule/

Slate of Cancellations Prove HB2 Could Crush NC Arenas

Today’s news that Pearl Jam was cancelling an April 20 show in Raleigh is bad news for arenas, which appear most susceptible to a boycott of the state.  “The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens,” the band wrote in a statement. “The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”  “It is for this reason,” the statement read, “that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.”

Read more here: http://www.ampthemag.com/the-real/pearl-jam-cancellations-shows-hb2-could-crush-nc-arenas/

New Report Points to Segregation in Private Schools

Last month, we reported on the widening racial and economic divisions in North Carolina’s two largest school systems, despite ample evidence that high concentrations of impoverished children in any school can be harmful to students’ performance. Now, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a Georgia-based advocate for school equity, has issued a new report on virtual segregation in private schools across the country despite programs in 19 states, including North Carolina, tasked with funneling public cash toward increasing the population of low-income children in private schools. Three years ago, North Carolina did just that with the Opportunity Scholarship Program, despite an outcry from many public education activists. And while the SEF’s report relies on 2012 demographic data (before the creation of this state’s voucher program), the numbers show segregation in private schools, particularly in southern states like North Carolina, is a very real problem.

Read more here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2016/04/04/new-report-points-to-segregation-in-private-schools/

NC Moving Too Hastily on Achievement School District

We should always be open to trying new ideas to improve education but also be careful not to chase every new fad on the market.  This caution is especially so when the new ideas are for public schools where poverty and racial segregation are highly concentrated. Unfortunately, hurrying to install a new unproven fad may well be the case for some of North Carolina’s lowest-performing schools.  State Rep. Bob Bryan and the N.C. legislature will soon consider taking over up to five schools and placing them in a kind of separate virtual reality of their own.  The concept, known as an Achievement School District, would get special resources and be managed by private charter school operators that would report to the State Board of Education.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article72937237.html

NC Jobless Rate Unchanged, Above National Average

North Carolina keeps adding jobs, but the unemployment rate isn’t going down and is still higher than the national average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that North Carolina’s jobless rate for March was unchanged from the previous month at 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5 percent in March. The government says North Carolina added 12,500 jobs between February and March to top 4.3 million statewide. The state has added 104,000 jobs since March 2015.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article71989392.html

SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to One Person, One Vote

Typically states have counted the total population, giving all people equal representation. Voters in rural Texas however challenged that process in Evenwel, contending that by including non-eligible voters – those who aren’t citizens, for example, or those who’ve been in prison – in a district’s total population, the state gives greater weight to the far fewer votes that would be cast in such districts.  They argue that instead each vote should be equal and that population count should be based on eligible voters only. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an Alabama redistricting plan which allotted just one representative to heavily-populated and sparsely-populated districts alike, ruling in Reynolds v. Sims that under the “one person, one vote” concept of equal representation, legislative districts should have roughly equal populations. The high court had not, however, dictated how states should count population for purposes of drawing state legislative districts.

Read more here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2016/04/04/scotus-rejects-challenge-to-one-person-one-vote-doctrine-applicable-in-the-drawing-of-legislative-districts/

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Photos/Video: NC House Rep. Shelly Willingham Swearing In Ceremony Saturday January 10, 2015

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In this photo Judge Quentin Sumner (left), Alethia Willingham (center)
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In this photo Judge Quentin Sumner (left), Alethia Willingham (center), Rep. Shelly Willingham (right)

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