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Legislative Update: Voter I.D. and Rally to Keep Families Together

Monday, June 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Legislators had a quiet week last week since they finished work on statewide bills the week prior. Several committees discussed controversial Constitutional amendments. Legislators are considering up to seven Constitutional amendments that will go before voters in the November elections. To pass, both the House and Senate need a three-fifths majority vote. The Governor does not sign Constitutional amendments so if any are passed by the legislature this week, they will automatically be placed on the ballot in November.

 

After votes this week, legislators plan to adjourn by Saturday, June 30th.

  

Constitutional amendments being considered that social workers should know about: 

  • HB1092 Require photo ID to vote: This legislation would ask voters to vote FOR or AGAINST: “Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.” The legislation also directs the NCGA to develop laws governing the regulations needed in state law to oversee voter I.D. It passed out of committee and will be heard on the House floor TODAY! TAKE ACTION: Ask your House member to vote NO on HB 1092!
  • SB 75 Constitutional Amendment- Max Income Tax Rate of 5.5%: This amendment would apply to both state personal and corporate taxes. The amendment would cap both at 5.5%. If the bill passes, voters would vote FOR or AGAINST: “Reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of five and one-half percent (5.5%).” The implications of this would tie the hands of future legislators that need to raise taxes to meet the demands of a growing state. Capped taxes mean less money available for education, health and human services, public safety, and more. The bill should be heard on the House floor this week. Take action using the NC Justice Center Action Alert!
  • HB 551 Strengthening Victims' Rights: This bill passed the House in April 2017. It would give crime victims the right to receive notice of court proceedings, the right to be present at any proceeding and to be heard at some stages of the legal process, and to "reasonably confer" with the prosecutor in the case. The rights apply to victims of crimes against them or crimes that are equivalent to felony property crimes. If the bill passes, voters would vote FOR or AGAINST: “Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime, to establish certain, absolute basic rights for victims, and to ensure the enforcement of these rights." The bill will be heard in Senate committee today and should be heard on the floor soon after.

Families Belong Together—Attend a June 30 Event!

On June 30, people across the country are rallying to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!

 

North Carolina Events will be held in Asheville, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Davidson, Franklin, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Newton, Ocracoke, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Salisbury, Southport, Statesville, Wilmington, Winston Salem

 

Click here for more information about the nationwide rallies!


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