Legislative Activity

 

Top Possible Veto Overrides

Several possible veto overrides are in the air as legislators reconvene later this month to discuss Gov. Bev Perdue’s record-breaking 15 vetoes.  The question remains as to whether both chambers have the three-fifths majority needed to bypass the Governor’s signature and ratify these bills into law. Below are the top…

 

The Veto Governor

Gov. Bev Perdue has declared repeatedly that she wants to be remembered as North Carolina’s “jobs governor”, but the 2011 legislative session has cemented her place in history for a completely different reason: her vetoes. Perdue has vetoed more legislation than every previous governor combined. A governor previously mocked for…

 

Wisconsin Union Battle: Framing the Debate in North Carolina?

Amidst the controversy surrounding recent legislation that would have affected the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), people are regrettably misinformed.  Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of legislation banning automatic dues payments from NCAE members’ paychecks exposed several prevailing misconceptions. First, the NCAE has certain self-interests. The NCAE is a lobbying…

 

Women’s Right to Know Act Embodies “Pro-Choice” Mentality

No one can call themselves “pro-choice” and “pro-woman” and stand in opposition to the Women’s Right to Know Act (House bill 854).  This piece of legislation requires that women receive a consultation with a doctor, are given information on alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

 

Tort Reform Not Forgotten in Historic Legislative Session

The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard.  In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support.  Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business”…

 

Session Gains Ground on Family Issues

The 2011 legislative session was marked by a significant amount of pro-life and pro-family legislation. The most contested of these was HB 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,”which would have required that women be completely informed of all alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

 

Second Amendment Gets a Fresh Look in 2011 Session

The past legislative session has been a historic victory for Second Amendment rights.  Since claiming both chambers in the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in over a hundred years, Republicans have made significant Second Amendment advances.  Several bills have been introduced in the legislature and the most…

 

Immigration Reform Long Time in Coming, Long Ways to Go

  While not on the Republican’s “100 Days” 10-point legislative agenda when they swept the General Assembly in November, immigration reform still proved to be a major issue in both the House and Senate. In between heated legislative battles over subjects ranging from taxes to tanning beds, several bills were…

 

Session Filled With Steps – And Missteps – to Redirect and Reshape Public Education

With Republican majorities in the House and Senate for the first time in over 100 years, the recently-completed legislative session marks a new period in North Carolina political history. Last November, conservative themes of accountability, expanding educational freedom, and local control helped to propel many candidates to victory. Soon after…

 

2011 Redistricting is a Process

Since April 2011, the Joint House and Senate Redistricting Committee has held 37 public hearings in 36 counties across North Carolina.  Hundreds of North Carolinians have been given the opportunity to have their voices heard at the public hearings and online via the General Assembly website. The Joint Redistricting Committee…

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