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NASW-NC Legislative Update: HB 70 Advances!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation; Registered Lobbyist

You may notice you are receiving this email a day later than usual! That is because House Bill 70, Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers, was heard in committee on Monday afternoon and we wanted to share the latest on that bill.

House Bill 70 passed the House Rules Committee with no further changes. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote; possibly as early as Wednesday or Thursday! We anticipate the bill to pass the House and will work with the Senate to move the bill quickly.


Bills Filed of Interest to Social Workers

  • HB 318 Opioid Prescription and Treatment Opt Out Act: This legislation strengths the rights of patients by allowing them to elect nonopioid prescriptions and treatment. It establishes the creation of an Official Voluntary Nonopioid Advance Directive Form to allow a patient to opt out of opioid prescriptions. Further, it directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the form and make it available on its website.
  • HB 319 In-State Tuition Equity: This bill would allow for certain immigrant youth to receive in-state tuition at UNC and Community Colleges in NC.
  •  SB 223 Caregiver Relief Act: This legislation would provide support for caregivers, providing direct care to certain family members, in the absence of leave from employment that would not be taken care of by federal law. The definitions of certain family members include grandchildren, which could be foster child, stepchild, legal ward, biological, adopted, or a child of person standing in loco parentis to the employee and “Grandparent”. Also included would be sibling, domestic partner, civil union partner, a family member related by blood to the employee, or someone who has a close relationship that could be considered family to the employee.
  • SB 226 Limit Who May Advertise/Adoption Laws: This legislation would limit advertising for adoption to only a county department of social services, a child-placing agency licensed by the State Department, or a licensed attorney. Forms of advertising include newspaper ads, radio, television, or other public medium (including email, internet sites and profiles, or any communication on the internet).
  • SB 209/HB 312 Hate Crimes Prevention Act: This legislation increases the scope and punishment of hate crimes and would require the State Bureau of Investigation to create and maintain a hate crime statistics database. Included in scope of hate crimes would include the victim’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, nationality, country of origin, origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation.
  •  HB 335 Reduce Waitlist for HCCBG Services/Funds: Allocates $7 million in 2019-2020 and $7 million in 2020-2021 recurring funds to the Home and Community Care Block Grant. This Block Grant is critical to our aging and disabled population to receive services and supports like in home meals.
  • HB 370 Require Sheriff Cooperation with ICE: This legislation would require sheriffs to comply with, honor, and fulfill any request made in an immigration detainer unless they are victims of or witnesses to crimes and for anyone who can prove they're a U.S. citizen or that they have lawful immigration status in the United States. Further, the bill would also prohibit local law enforcement from prohibiting federal law immigration officers from entering local jails or other detention facilities.

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Joanna M. Nunez says...
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2019
Does anyone know when this will go before the House Senate?

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