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Final Legislative Update: Veto Override Failure

Friday, July 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Over the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Cooper signed and vetoed several bills that passed the North Carolina House and Senate. This prompted legislators to come back into session this past week. Legislators attempted to override bills to reopen gyms, skating rinks, and a bill that would have allowed concealed carry on school campuses when school is not in session. There were not enough votes to override any of the bills, so Governor Cooper’s veto stands on these bills. Legislators adjourned until September 2. However, Governor Cooper can call them back before that date to work on allocating funding from the Federal government related to Coronavirus relief.

While in session to attempt veto overrides, legislators passed Senate Bill 232 which will remove a long time ban on wearing masks in public. Under the legislation, masks could be worn in public legally for public health reasons. Additionally, this bill would repeal a public records provision that keeps death records confidential. This provision has been the target of recent protests for calls for transparency. The most controversial use of this provision could be if a justice-involved individual is transferred to a hospital from jail or prison and died at the hospital, the public would not receive information about the cause of death. For almost a decade, NASW-NC has been involved in efforts to ensure justice-involved populations with behavioral health and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities do not wrongfully die while in custody.

Additionally, the House introduced and passed Senate Bill 380 DHHS Block Grants. The bill would have distributed $25 million in federal funds to various block grants related to aging, child welfare, and more. However, the Senate did not take up this legislation, so this legislation is still pending for a possible special session later this summer.

Lastly, we have updated the bills on our website that were signed into law since the last NASW-NC Advocacy Update at the end of June. This update reflects what legislation NASW-NC was tracking this past session and the status of each bill.

Despite COVID-19, please know that the staff of NASW-NC has been advocating for our members the entire Legislative Short Session. We are here for you and thank you for your NASW membership!

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