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NASW-NC Legislative Update: Surprise Vote and Other NCGA Updates

Friday, September 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Surprise Vote

In a surprise move on Wednesday, North Carolina House of Representatives leadership swiftly called for a vote to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget (House Bill 966). Few Democrats were in the chamber as they were under the impression that no votes would be taken in the morning session. The vote was 55-9 (there are 120 representatives in total). Anger quickly ensued - Democrats, the Governor, and Republicans all held press conferences to explain their sides of the story.


The Senate now has the opportunity to attempt an override vote as well. On Thursday, we asked you to call your North Carolina Senator and ask them to sustain the Governor’s veto. There is still time to do this!


If they are successful, the state budget will become law and another budget- one that prioritizes Medicaid Expansion- will not be considered. NASW North Carolina supports the Governor's veto of the legislature's budget. It didn't include Medicaid Expansion, public school priorities, funding to evidence-based human service programs, and it funded anti-abortion clinics. It would also relocate the Department of Health and Human Services and 2,000 state employees from Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh to Granville County, an hour away. Click here to view NASW-NC’s response after the budget passed to view more on what was not included.

 

Please call your North Carolina State Senator NOW and ask them to sustain Governor Cooper's veto!

 

Click here to find your North Carolina Senator and their office number!

 

Medicaid Transformation

The House also overrode the veto of House Bill 555 Medicaid Transformation which provides funds for the state to move forward with managed care in physical and behavioral health care. We will update members when we hear more about this impact since North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced last week they would be pushing back the implementation day from November 1, 2019 in two regions to February 2020.

 

Redistricting

Representatives in the Senate and House were both reviewing and editing maps for redistricting purposes this week after a three-judge panel ruled North Carolina’s political maps for the state legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2020 elections.

 

Political scientist Jowei Chen drew several sets of redistricted maps for legislators to pull from and make changes to, as they deemed appropriate. The maps are anticipated to be put forth for votes by early next week in both the House and Senate. The deadline to complete the maps in the judges’ ruling is September 18.

 

Social Work Licensure Bill

There are no new updates on Senate Bill 537 which makes changes to the social work statute. The bill is currently being worked on by an appointed Conference Committee of House and Senate members. NASW-NC continues advocacy efforts with every member of the Conference Committee explaining the importance of the Social Work Licensure portion of the bill and how detrimental it would be to the social work profession if not passed. No other group is advocating for social workers at the North Carolina Legislature. This is why your NASW membership is critical to our success!

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