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NASW-NC Legislative Update: Governor's Veto and Bills Impacting LCSWs

Tuesday, April 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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North Carolina House leaders passed Senate Bill 359 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act last week. The bill had already passed the Senate so it went to the Governor for a decision. On Thursday, Governor Cooper vetoed the bill. Legislators in the House and the Senate will need a majority to override the Governor's veto. Thank you to our members that reached out to legislators and the Governor in opposition!


Legislators Schedule

The North Carolina House of Representatives is on Spring Break until Thursday, April 25th. Their bill filing deadline was this past Tuesday. The House will work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week to advance bills and work on their budget behind closed doors. The House plans to release their budget details the week of the 29th.

North Carolina Senators are on Spring Break this week and will return on Monday April 29th.

NASW-NC continues to work with House members to advance House Bill 203 Changes to the Social Work Certification and Licensure Act and House Bill 70 Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers in the Senate. Read NASW-NC's last update on this bill!

Bills of Interest to Social Workers

  • HB 775 Juveniles/Eliminate Life Without Parole: This legislation would change the laws around juveniles being sentenced to life in prison. Under the bill, those convicted of first-degree murder, under the age of 18, shall be sentenced to life imprisonment with parole and shall be eligible for parole consideration after serving 25 years imprisonment.
  • HB 781 Limitations on use of Solitary Confinement: This legislation restricts the use of solitary confinement in prisons. If an inmate has a mental health diagnosis, solitary confinement shall only be used in exigent circumstances and shall not be limited to no more than fifteen days.
  • HB 796 Emotional Support Animals- Rental Units: This legislation requires rental units to make reasonable accommodations for those with a disability who have a medically approved emotional support animal (ESA). Under the bill, LCSWs can verify a person's disability status and need for an ESA so long as they have professional knowledge of the person's condition. They may not charge additional fees for providing a written verification for a person's disability status and need for ESA. The legislation is an attempt to allow ESAs to be used seriously and established with a provider instead of paying a fee to an online company that anyone has access to.
  • HB 849 Health Care Practitioner Transparency Act: This legislation would require health care providers to wear a picture ID badge with information on their licensure and when it expires. NASW-NC is seeking more information about this bill and it's potential impact on providers.
  • HB 915 Establish Task Force on Aging: This legislation establishes a task force on aging to study caregiver needs, aging services, respite care, and other issues related to aging. The Coalition on Aging, whom NASW-NC is an active member, would have an appointment on the task force. As our aging committee grows at a quick pace, this type of task force is needed.

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