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Legislative Update: State Budget Passes

Monday, June 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Week 3 Legislative Update


As expected, legislators voted on Senate Bill 99- the state's budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 without amendments. The bill went to Governor Cooper on Friday, June 1. We anticipate a veto of this legislation from his office.

View NASW-NC's Response to the Budget

Bills of Interest Filed at the North Carolina General Assembly

  • SB 767 Medicaid Expansion/Healthcare Jobs Initiative
    This legislation directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid coverage to anyone with incomes equal to or less than 133 percent of the federal poverty line.
  • HB 1059/SB 786 Healthy Mother & Child/Shackling Prohibition
    Also related: HB 1038
    This legislation prohibits the use of shackling of justice involved women during pregnancy, transport to a medical facility, labor, or postpartum recovery. Individualized determinations can be made by corrections officials.
  • HB 1044/SB 789 General Assembly/Prevent Workplace Harassment
    This bill would require mandatory ethics training to prevent workplace harassment and other forms of discrimination. It would also establish an anonymous complaint filing process.
  • HB 1051 Restore Master's Supplement For Teachers
    This bill would restore teachers and instructional support personnel pay on the "M" salary schedule and determine whether they receive a salary supplement for academic preparation at the six-year or doctoral degree level.
  • HB 1052 Fund School Resource Officers and Crisis Training
    Provides funding to hire more School Resource Officers and allocates $27,280 in nonrecurring funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year to provide Crisis Intervention Team Training on Recognizing Youth Related Emotional and Mental Health Crisis (CIT-Youth) for school resource officers and other personnel supporting youth in crisis.
  • SB 780 Coverage of Services for Group Home Residents
    The legislation directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop 1915(b)(3) alternative services, "in-lieu-of" services, or services under any other authority as determined by the Department to provide Medicaid coverage for services related to the treatment, rehabilitation, habilitation, supervision, and support of certain Medicaid recipients.  
  • SB 782/HB 1072 NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment/Funds
    This legislation would require North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to our Constitution. It also appropriates funds to educate the public about it.
  • SB 783 NC Equal Pay Act/Funds
    This legislation would prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of gender of the employee. It appropriates funds to the Department of Labor to education the public.
  • HB 1060 Ensure Safe Handguns
    Directs the Department of Public Safety to develop a roster of certain handguns and prohibit the sale, transfer, or ownership of handguns not included on the list.
  • HB 1061 Fund Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
    Provides $63,000 in nonrecurring funds to provide mental health first aid training.
  • HB 1062 Veterans/Health Care/Pilot Program
    Establishes a two-year pilot program in Cumberland County to provide services to Veterans. Partners in the pilot program include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Community Care of North Carolina, and Maxim Healthcare Services.
  • HB 1071 Assisted Seniors Financial Protection Act
    This legislation provides financial protections against unwarranted discharge and unjustified increases in costs for seniors residing in adult care homes and appropriates funds to the Department of Health and Human Services for additional positions to enforce statutory protections for adult care home residents.
  • HB 1081 Transfer of School Support Personnel Funds
    Prohibits the transfer of funds allocated for school support personnel- including social workers- unless the funds are sent to another Local Board of Education for the same purpose.
  • SB 794 Hate Crimes Prevention Act
    This legislation increases the scope and punishment of hate crimes, requires the State Bureau of Investigation to create and maintain a hate crimes statistics database, to train law enforcement officers with training on identifying, responding to, and reporting hate crimes, and to require the Conference of District Attorneys of North Carolina to develop and provide training to prosecutors on how to prosecute hate crimes.
  • SB 800 Actually Drain the Swamp
    An act to restore confidence in government by amending the Constitution of North Carolina to establish an independent redistricting commission, reenacting legislation that established a nonpartisan method of electing Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals judges beginning 2020, reenacting the public financing fund for various judicial campaigns, extending the waiting period for former legislators who become lobbyists, modernizing the voter registration process establishing the fair elections program, increasing transparency in the legislative process by requiring 48 hours' notice of meetings of all legislative committees, and directing the legislation services officer to develop a plan to provide live video and audio streaming of all meetings of legislative committees and commissions meeting in the legislative complex.
  • SB 801 Revoke Consent/Intercourse and Sexual Acts
    This legislation provides that a person who continues to engage in intercourse or a sexual act after consent is withdrawn is deemed to have committed the act of intercourse or sexual act by force and against the will of the other person and increases the amount of state funds appropriated to sexual assault and rape crisis centers funds to three million dollars.

Bills with Action

  • HB 934 Threat Assessment Teams: This bill was amended in Health Committee this week. It would require the establishment of threat assessment teams in public schools with a variety of members present and peer-to-peer student support groups. Assessments would require parental notification and sets up several other standards which were not present in the first bill. The peer-to-peer groups would be for middle and high school students with adult supervision from school counselors.
  • HB 938 Various School Safety Changes: This bill passed Health Committee. It would require all charter, regional and laboratory schools to develop a risk management plan and hold school safety exercises. It also establishes school resource officer training requirements.

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