We originally published this post a few months ago to highlight all of the good bills that were ignored by the NCGOP supermajority during the Short Session this past spring. As we are just a few weeks away from Election Day (November 6, in case you hadn’t heard), we thought it would be a good time to revisit all of the legislation we could expect from a more balanced North Carolina General Assembly.
Let’s not vote just on what we are against, let’s vote on the #NCGoals we have for this great state.
It’s worth highlighting some of the bills sponsored by Democratic lawmakers that would have been important additions this session but have been buried in committee by the General Assembly leadership (for a complete list see this chart and sort it by bill date). Priority instead was given to defining the term “milk”, ensuring the development of cursive writing skills, giving away the property rights of individuals to corporations which pollute and harm, and restricting early voting weekend days.
We need to break the GOP supermajority so we can have a better functioning state government. Democracy thrives under healthy debate and argument. Silencing these bills does the exact opposite.
- S726, Go Big For Early Childhood, Senators Jackson, Foushee, and Waddell
- S736, Preserve Net Neutrality / Statewide Broadband, Senators Chaudhuri and Woodard
- S737, Safer Schools, Healthier Kids Act, Senators Chaudhuri, McKissick and Jackson
- S745, Fully Fund School Counselors and Psychologists, Senators McKissick, Chaudhuri and Foushee
- S755, Voter Freedom Act, Senators Clark, Woodard and Van Duyn
- S764, UNC CH Monument Relocation, Senators Foushee and Woodard
- S767, Medicaid Expansion / Healthcare Jobs Initiative, Senator Clark
- S782, NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment, Senators McKissick and Van Duyn
- S783, NC Equal Pay Act, Senators McKissick and Van Duyn
- S784, Affordable Housing Act, Senators Chaudhuri, Robinson, McKissick
- S786, Healthy Mother & Child Shackling Prohibition, Senators Smith, Foushee and Van Duyn
- S787, Small Farms to Healthier Schools Initiative, Senators Smith, Woodard and Waddell
- S794, Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Senators Chaudhuri and Foushee
- S800; Actually Draining the Swamp, Senators Jackson, Van Duyn and Smith
- S801, Revoke Consent / Intercourse and Sexual Acts, Senator Jackson
- S812, Universal Voter Registration, Senators Woodard, Clark and Lowe
- H968, Legislative Response to Emerging Contaminants, Reps. Butler, Harrison, Richardson and Floyd
- HB976, Extreme Risk Protection Order, Rep. Marcia Morey
- H1060, Ensure Safe Handguns, Reps. Insko, Harrison and Morey
- H1067, Polluter Pay Legislation, Reps. Harrison, Ager, Butler and Richardson
Plus…an amendment from Rep Joe John, NC40, was struck down: “Twice last week, I proposed an amendment to require that every 911 dispatcher in North Carolina accept text messages (many do now, just not all). Simply trying to help kids or anyone in danger silently contact law enforcement.” Unfortunately it was not considered germane to the School Safety Act.
And from Rep Graig Meyer, NC50, on Twitter: “House GOP just used a procedural motion to kill two amendments to address the state’s backlog of processing rape kits. Seriously? SMDH.”
Sen Jeff Jackson breaks it down for you here:
Enough with empty calls to 'drain the swamp' – let's actually do it.
I just filed a bill that enacts independent redistricting, campaign finance reform, online voter registration, and non-partisan judicial races.
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) June 13, 2018