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October 4th Special Legislative Session Update

Tuesday, October 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, Registered Lobbyist


North Carolina Legislative Session Update: Special Session on Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

North Carolina legislators adjourned the 2018 Legislative Short Session at the end of June. At that time, legislators set a date to reconvene for Tuesday, November 27th to most likely discuss legislation that will be influenced by which Constitutional amendments pass after the November 6th election.

However, following Hurricane Florence, legislators and Governor Roy Cooper decided to come back for a Special Session on Tuesday, October 2nd. During this session, legislators allocated $56.5 million to begin relief efforts through the establishment of the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act.

To further aide in recovery, legislators passed:

  • School calendar flexibility: allows school districts that had to close for more than two days, an exemption to waive up to twenty make up days.
  • $6.5 million was allocated to pay teachers and staff for missed school days if they would otherwise have been paid to be in the classroom or at school.
  • In counties with a federal disaster declaration, voter registration deadline is extended until October 15th. Registrations may be faxed, or scanned and emailed, to local boards of elections if the original registration form is received by October 20th.
  • $400,000 was allocated to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to inform voters from affected areas about updates in their voting stations, voting location changes, and the overall options they have as voters.
  • Certain fees will be waived by the Department of Motor Vehicles for individuals to get duplicate licenses and other documents in counties with a federal disaster declaration.

After this one day session, legislators adjourned with the decision to return on Monday, October 15th to allocate more funding for relief efforts as needed.


NASW-NC has been working very closely with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Governor's Office to keep our members updated on the Hurricane Florence Recovery efforts:

NASW-NC is working with coalition partners to gather information about how social workers and clients have been impacted by Hurricane Florence. PLEASE RESPOND!

Please send Valerie Arendt ( any of the following numbers you can provide regarding you and your direct clients:

# of persons displaced by the storm (and the number of days for each, if possible);
# of days your program offices were closed by the storm;
# of individuals receiving services still displaced as of October 1;
Amount of reimbursement lost directly to you because of the Hurricane and disruption of your services to your clients;
Type of services you provide.

This is time-sensitive because the Legislature will be back in session on October 15 -- so if you can prioritize this information, it will help NASW-NC advocate on everyone's behalf. 


NASW-NC is the only association advocating on behalf of the entire profession of social work in North Carolina. If you are not a member, we need your voice and support of your professional association. Please join NASW today.


What does NASW-NC do when legislators aren't regularly in session? Click here to view the NASW-NC September Advocacy Update for Members!

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