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Rep. Dan Bishop: Charlotte Should Expect Legal or Legislative Response If It Adopts Transgender Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rep. Dan Bishop is telling the Charlotte City Council to expect a legal challenge and/or a legislative response if the group adopts a proposal he says would allow transgendered people to use public bathrooms of the opposite sex.

Bishop is an attorney who represents Mecklenburg County in the General Assembly. He is running for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Mecklenburg Republican Bob Rucho.

"Under a broad definition of “public accommodation,” the radical new ordinance would impose the new, radical bathroom policy on every “business, ...entertainment, recreation or transportation facility of any kind” that sells to or serves the public. This includes restaurants, bars, hotels, gyms, the YMCA/YWCA, and every office building and retailer," according to a post on Bishop's campaign website.

The Charlotte Observer reports there will be a public meeting about the ordinance on Feb. 1.

Forsyth County Improves Efficiency of Food Stamp Application Process PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Improvements in Forsyth County's food stamp application processing are helping the state work toward a federal mandate to improve timely processing of requests to an average rate of 95 percent.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Forsyth County Department of Social Services boosted its processing rate to 94 percent for the last week of 2015.

The paper reports statewide data shows the rate for the last week of the year was 89 percent.

Federal rules say applicants must be given access to food stamps within 30 days. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program. The agency told the state last year that it must improve its performance.

Read the full story at journalnow.com.

League of Municipalities Posts Primer On Open Meetings and Public Records PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The League of Municipalities has posted an array of presentations given recently as part of an orientation session for new mayors. Among the items is a primer on open meetings and public records.

The presentation author is listed as Kimberly S. Hibbard, General Counsel for the League.

The presentation includes definitions of a public body and an official meeting, as well as exceptions to the statute.

The League has also posted a presentation on dealing with new media, authored by League Director of Public Affairs Scott Mooneyham.

The material is available at nclm.org.

Treasurer's Analysis of Debt Of North Carolina Counties and Cities PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 06:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Fifty-five North Carolina counties had outstanding general obligation debt as of June 30, 2015. The data excludes enterprise debt, according to a report posted to the website of the North Carolina Treasurer's office.

The data is segregated by size of county. At the top, of the 55 with debt, seven counties have population of more than 250,000. One county with oustanding debt had under 10,000 in population.

The report shows that 39 municipalities had oustanding general obligation debt excluding enterprise debt.

Nine of the 39 had populations of more than 100,000. One local government that held debt was very small: a population between 1,000 and 2,499.


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