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Senate President Says 95 Percent Of Budget Passed...General Assembly Adjourns PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 01 November 2019 10:04

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed funding that totals 98.5% of the original $24.0065 billion it passed in June. With nearly all state priorities fully funded, the Senate session has concluded.

 

The following items are fully funded in the enacted state budget, which comprises multiple "mini budget" bills as well as the base budget the legislature voted to pass yesterday:

 

·     Correctional facility employee raises;

·     State employee raises;

·     State highway patrol raises;

·     SBI/ALE employee raises;

·     Rape kit backlog;

·     School safety funding;

·     Prison safety funding;

·     Raise the Age funding;

·     Community colleges budget;

·     Information Technology budget;

·     Disaster recovery for Hurricane Dorian;

·     Teacher pay raises;

·     Funding to combat absentee ballot fraud;

·     Technical state agency budget needs.

 

The total general fund appropriations for the combined enacted budget is $23.62 billion (excluding approximately $700 million in debt service).

 

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, "It took a little longer than usual, but the Senate's business has concluded. The final enacted budget, which includes the 'mini budget' bills, totals 98.5% of the original budget.

 

Senator Berger continued, "I'd like to commend the Senate for a largely bipartisan consensus on some of the major issues this session, including nearly all of the 'mini budgets,' the Combat Absentee Ballot Fraud Act, and criminal justice reform."

 

Below are just a few examples of major initiatives the Senate addressed in a bipartisan fashion:

 

·     Historic criminal justice reform;

·     Legislation intended to ensure the absentee ballot fraud that took place in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District can never happen again;

Association Health Plans that will benefit up to 110,000 North Carolinians.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2019 10:06
 
Cooper Creates Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 01 November 2019 09:53
Governor Roy Cooper announced the creation of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming, which will lead efforts to continue growing North Carolina’s successful film industry.
 
“North Carolina’s natural beauty, welcoming communities, and local talent make it a perfect home for the film industry,” said Governor Cooper. “This advisory council will play a critical role in helping the industry flourish, which creates good-paying jobs right here in North Carolina.” 
“North Carolina’s bourgeoning film industry already has created many jobs and expanded opportunities for companies to invest in our state,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary and Council Chair Susi Hamilton. “Gov. Cooper’s decision to create this council will greatly aid efforts to expand this industry and help North Carolina continue to prosper.” 
 
 
Governor Cooper has recommended both a grant program and a tax incentive to promote the film industry, with efforts targeting both small and large productions. In his 2019 budget, Governor Cooper sought to modernize the film grant program by dropping minimum spend requirements for feature-length films and raising per projects caps for films and TV series. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General Assembly Passes Sexual Assault Bill Redefining Consent PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 November 2019 09:50

The  Senate and the House each passed S199 and sent it to Governor Cooper for his signature. This is a sweeping bill that expands protections for victims of sexual assault.

North Carolina has been the only state in the country where a woman cannot revoke consent to have sex once sex has begun. That means if a woman initially consents and sex turn violent, the man cannot be prosecuted for rape – even if he admits that she had withdrawn her consent.

Law enforcement officers have declined to take out charges because of this law. Prosecutors have decline to prosecute because of this law. A jury in Wake County found a defendant not guilty because of this law.

S199 would close the loophole.

This is a huge step forward for women’s rights in North Carolina. It would not have been possible without the advocacy of Skye David and the N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Senator Jackson first encountered this issue during his time as an assistant district attorney and filed the bill to close the loophole during his first term in 2015. This year marked the 4th time that Sen. Jackson filed this legislation.

This is the most common sense piece of legislation we’ll ever pass. It’s an incredible victory for women’s rights and protections for victims of sexual assault,” said Sen. Jackson. “Every year victims would call us, share their stories and ask why this loophole still existed. I’m proud to be able to report back that it’s finally closed and I’m thankful for all the advocates and reporting that helped close this loophole.”

 

 
Nine State Employees Honored Today with Governor’s Awards for Excelle PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 November 2019 09:46

Nine state employees were honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence today during a ceremony in the N.C. Museum of History. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina and recognizes accomplishments and actions that are outside of the usual scope of their job duties. 

 
Recipients received their awards from Noelle Talley, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Roy Cooper, and leaders from their agency. The honorees’ extraordinary accomplishments and actions set them apart from a record-setting 458 nominations from across state government.
 
A full description of each recipient's winning qualities and videos that share their story are posted to the Office of State Human Resources website.
 
 
The honorees attended a luncheon in the Executive Mansion before receiving their awards at a special ceremony in the auditorium of the N.C. Museum of History. WRAL news anchor Debra Morgan emceed the event. The Office of State Human Resources presented the ceremony with the support of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.
 
“The honorees being recognized today stand out for their exceptionalism, for bringing improved efficiencies, sharing resources through technology, and reminding us that kindness and care can enrich the lives of people experiencing significant challenges,” said Barbara Gibson, Director of the Office of State Human Resources. “They teach us important lessons in leadership, empathy and courage.”
 
The 2019 Governor’s Awards for Excellence honorees are:
Customer Service
Mindy Jane Coleman, Department of Health and Human Services, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
 
Efficiency and Innovation
Tim Bucknall, UNC Greensboro
Steven C. King, Department of Health and Human Services, Broughton Hospital
 
Human Relations
Martha Swindell Brown, Department of Health and Human Services, Cherry Hospital
 
Outstanding State Government Service
Susan M. Kansagra, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health: Chronic Disease and Injury
 
Public Service
Edward F. Mussler, III, Department of Environmental Quality, Solid Waste Section 
Ann Berry Somers, UNC Greensboro
Jack Calvin Waters, Jr., University of North Carolina School of the Arts 
 
Safety and Heroism
Trooper Daniel C. Harrell, Department of Public Safety, State Highway Patrol
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2019 09:49
 
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