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Legislative Session Advocacy Update: NASW-NC Bill in Committee Tuesday!

Monday, February 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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 House Bill 70 Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers will be heard in committee on Tuesday! This legislation will delay behavioral health providers- including clinical social workers and clinical social work associates- to connect to NC HealthConnex until June 1, 2021. The current deadline is June 1, 2019. This legislation supports the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda. Use this link to contact your legislators and let them know you support the bill!


There are only a few more spots left for Social Work Advocacy Day in Session 1: Register here!

 

Meetings with legislators on Social Work Advocacy Day are very important! Watch this video to learn how to find and contact your legislators! Visit the Social Work Advocacy Day Page to learn more about our top three issues for the day!


Bills of interest to social workers filed

  • HB 86 Gun Violence Prevention Act: This bill includes provisions that would require background checks on all gun purchases, prohibit high-capacity magazines, ban bump stocks and raise the age to purchase an assault-style weapon from 18 to 21.
  • HB 102 Enhance Permanency Innovation Initiative: This legislation would expand the Permanency Innovation Initiative Program. This program helps connect children in foster care to permanent families. NASW-NC supported this legislation when it was starting as a pilot program. The bill will appropriate $2,250,000 to this program.
  • HB 106 PED/Inmate Health Care Reimbursement: This legislation would study the cost of inmate health care reimbursement. Further, it would require the Department's Health Services Section to qualify for and receive federal reimbursement for performing Medicaid eligibility activities for inmates. Policies and procedures would be developed to account for the time social workers spend on Medicaid eligibility for inmates. Social workers would receive eligibility determination training.
  • SB 82/HB 132 Dismissal or Not Guilty/Automatic Expunction: This legislation provides for automatic expunction when a not guilty verdict or dismissal happens. A judge would automatically turn in the expunction instead of the individual having to seek the expunction after their status has changed.
  • HB 135 Government Immigration Compliance: This legislation attempts to crack down on local government control of immigration laws. It would allow law enforcement to use prohibited forms of identification under certain circumstances, create additional incentives for local governments to comply with state laws related to immigration. Further, it would create a private cause of action to remedy local government noncompliance with state immigration laws, prohibit UNC constituent institutions from becoming sanctuary universities, and it directs the Department of Public Safety to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Homeland Security.
  • HB 139 Youth Gun Violence Study Commission: This legislation establishes a youth gun violence study commission at the North Carolina General Assembly to study the availability of guns to juveniles, the incidence of gun violence among juveniles, programs in other states that have shown successful outcomes in educating youth, and more. This study commission would then make legislative proposals to help curb gun violence.
  • HB 140 The Fair Act: This legislation would amend the state constitution regarding redistricting to include limitations on using party affiliations, previous election results, demographic information, and more when developing new district lines. This would go before voters in the fall. The bill would also set up a bipartisan redistricting commission. Fair redistricting laws are needed to help end racially drawn legislative districts to give individuals a fair voice in the voting process.
  • HB 146 Living Wage by 2024: This legislation would incrementally increase the state's minimum wage by automatically adjusting each year by increasing the cost of living. By 2024, the minimum wage would reach $15/hour.
  • SB 106 Clarify Limited Immunity/Overdose Victims: This legislation clarifies the Good Samaritan law by extending immunity from drug charges to the individual who is experiencing the drug overdose and sought medical assistance. This could mean more individuals seek help to potentially save their lives when they're experiencing an overdose as they would not fear arrest.

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