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The North Carolina Legislative Session is in!

Monday, May 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, Registered Lobbyist

The beginning of the North Carolina legislative short session got off to a great start
with as many as 20,000 people marching in support of public education on Wednesday, May 16th. The march had four legislative targets:

1) Increase per-pupil spending.
2) Support a multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators and all other school personnel.
3) Increase the number of school social workers, nurses, counselors and other support personnel and expand Medicaid to improve the health of our communities.
4) Statewide School Construction Bond.


Bills of Interest Filed at the North Carolina General Assembly

  • HB 932 Anonymous Safety Tip Line Application
    This legislation calls for the governing body of each public secondary school to develop and operate an anonymous tip line, in coordination with local law enforcement and social services agencies, to receive anonymous information on internal or external risks to the school population, school buildings, and school-related activities. By July 1, 2019, the Department of Public Instruction shall implement a statewide anonymous safety tip line application available to all schools serving grades six or higher in local school administrative units, charter schools, regional schools, and schools operated by the Department of Public Instruction and The University of North Carolina. The bill appropriates $5,000,000 to support the anonymous safety tip line application.
  • HB 934 Threat Assessment Teams/Peer to Peer Counsels
    This legislation directs The North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools, to require peer to peer student counseling programs for students, and to provide grants for peer to peer student counseling programs
  • HB 962/SB 720 Expand Use/School Risk Management Plans
    These bills would
    require charter schools, regional schools and UNC Laboratory schools to develop a school risk management plan, hold school safety exercises, and provide school safety information to local law enforcement and the Division of Emergency Management. The bill encourages nonpublic schools to do the same. This bill would also allow voluntary participation in state programs. This means any private church school or school of religious charter, or nonpublic school could participate in a state operated or sponsored program available to schools. Lastly, any nonpublic school accepting eligible students receiving scholarship grants shall develop similar risk management plans. HB 938 is a similar bill but does not include the section on students receiving scholarship grants.
  • HB 939 School Building Vulnerability Assessments
    This legislation requires The Center for Safer Schools to develop a facility vulnerability assessment tool and directs local school administrative units to complete a facility vulnerability assessment for each school building annually.
  • HB 945 Rape Evidence Collection Kit Tracking Act
    This bill would establish a statewide sexual assault evidence collection kit tracking system and requires testing of previously untested sexual assault evidence collection kits.
  • HB 967 Telemedicine Policy
    This legislation develops a telehealth policy for the state. The bill establishes that any individual licensed under Chapter 90 (including social workers) can provide health care services via telehealth as long as it is within the licenee’s scope of practice. The patient receiving services shall be located in North Carolina and written or verbal consent from the patient is required. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to study and report recommended reimbursement rates for private health benefits plans by September 1, 2019. It further directs the Department of Health and Human Services to study and report recommendations for a plan to ensure that all North Carolina residents have advanced internet connectivity to receive telehealth services.
  • HB 974 Reform Financial Reporting of OLBs
    This legislation requires the State Controller to develop a uniform format for financial reporting of Occupational Licensing Boards.

Upcoming Advocacy Events

  • State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee Advocacy Day: May 22nd. Register here.
  • Care4Carolina Prayer Breakfast to Close the Coverage Gap: May 23 at the NC Museum of History from 7:15-8:30. Register by emailing Carla at
  • Rural Day: May 29th. Learn more about issues facing our rural communities and register here.  
  • Americans for Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day: May 30th. Register here by May 27th!
  • North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative- Oral Health Day: June 5th. Register here.
  • HIV Speaks: June 12th. More information here.
  • Equality NC Lobby Day: June 19th. Register here.
  • Close the Gap Advocacy Day: June 26th. Register here.


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