Sep 24

Senate Passes Bill to Ban ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in N.C.

A bill tentatively passed by the North Carolina Senate on Thursday would ban N.C. localities from acting as ‘sanctuary cities’ that ignore federal laws against illegal immigration. Earlier this year, national news outlets reported that the suspected murderer of a California woman was in the U.S. illegally and could have been deported, but instead was […]

Sep 24

Bipartisan Senate Bans Sale of Babies’ Body Parts

In the wake of a national scandal exposing how some providers of abortions sell aborted babies’ remains for profit, an overwhelmingly bipartisan North Carolina Senate moved Thursday to prevent that from happening in our state. While federal law prohibits the sale or purchase of aborted fetal tissue, it has become apparent that policy can be […]

Sep 23

Senate Passes Final Bond Proposal

In a strong bipartisan vote Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a final $2 billion bond package to support critical infrastructure needs in the state’s public universities, community colleges, National Guard installations and local water and sewer systems. Voters will cast their ballots on the proposal during the March 2016 primary election. Among other items, […]

Sep 23

Senate Unanimously Expands Tools for Job Growth

In a unanimous vote, the North Carolina Senate on Monday tentatively passed legislation that will continue efforts to recruit new jobs and businesses to the state. The bill answers Gov. Pat McCrory’s call for additional job recruitment dollars by extending the state Job Development Investment Grants (JDIG) program for an additional three years, while increasing […]

Sep 23

Senate Passes Compromise Medicaid Reform

In a bipartisan vote, the North Carolina Senate passed final legislation Tuesday to reform and restructure the state’s chronically troubled Medicaid program. A host of operational and budgetary challenges spanning several administrations has plagued the program. In the past four years alone, the legislature has had to fill shortfalls totaling nearly $2 billion – money […]

Aug 11

Taxpayer Protection Act Advances in Senate

The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved legislation Tuesday that would give voters a choice on amending the North Carolina Constitution with measures to strengthen the state’s fiscal integrity and protect taxpayers from government overreach. If the House of Representatives approves the bill and it becomes law, voters would consider a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot […]

Aug 6

Senate Presents Compromise Medicaid Reform Proposal

On Thursday, North Carolina Senate leaders presented a new compromise plan to reform and restructure the state’s Medicaid program by incorporating policies embraced by the governor, House of Representatives and Senate. A long history of problems at the state Department of Health and Human Services spanning several administrations has resulted in major operational and budgetary […]

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