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Cooper Signs Law Outlawing Female Mutilation PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:37
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: 
 
Senate Bill 498: Facilitate Response to Disasters
House Bill 724: Truth in Caller ID Act
Senate Bill 9: Female Genital Mutilation/ Clarify Prohibition
Senate Bill 301: Regional School Modifications
Senate Bill 413: Raise the Age Modifications
Senate Bill 366: 9th/10th Grade/ College Transfer Pathways
Senate Bill 190: Expand Special Assessments for Dam Repair
House Bill 872: Underground Utility Safety Act/ Changes
House Bill 228: Modernize Laws Pertaining to NC Medical Board
House Bill 961: Ensuring Authorization of Federal Funds
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on SB 498: "This will cut red tape to allow for a faster response to infrastructure damage after severe weather to help people get back on their feet more quickly."
 
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on HB 724: "Whether texts or calls, this law requires transparency on caller ID systems to help North Carolinians avoid scams that steal personal and financial information."
 
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on SB 9: "This new law will mean North Carolina joins twenty-eight other states in outlawing the harmful mutilation of girls."  
 
State Board of Elections Chair Resigns PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:13
Governor Cooper's spokesman Ford Porter issued the following statement regarding State Board of Elections Chairman Robert Cordle's resignation:
 
"The resignation has been accepted and we thank Chairman Cordle for his service. The State Board of Elections needs to continue its important work without distraction to ensure the integrity of our electoral process."
 
Cooper Vetoes Bill Lifting Virtual Charter School Enrollment Cap, Signs Measure Lifting Cap On Direct Distillery Liquor Sales PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 08:34
Governor Roy Cooper signed SB 290 ABC Regulatory Reform Bill and vetoed SB 392 Various Charter School Changes. 
 
SB 290 ABC Regulatory Reform Bill
This bill allows distilleries the same serving privileges as wineries and craft breweries and reduces regulation on out-of-state sales.
 
“Distilleries are expanding North Carolina’s reputation for craftsmanship and drawing visitors to cities and towns across our state,” said Governor Cooper. “This bill will help small businesses continue to thrive.” 
 
SB 392 Various Charter School Changes
“Current law already allows the State Board of Education to lift the enrollment cap on virtual charter schools. Both schools have been low performing, raising concern about the effectiveness of this pilot. Decisions on adding more students should remain with the Board so it can measure progress.l
 
Court Rules Voter ID Can Move Forward in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 09:13
A  three judge panel ruled voter ID implementation can move forward in North Carolina and dismissed all but one of the plaintiffs’ six claims in a legal challenge to legislation implementing a constitutional amendment approved by voters last Fall. 
 
Thirty-four other states have some form of voter ID law.  North Carolina is the last state in the Southeast to start requiring some form of voter ID.
 
State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) sponsored the voter ID constitutional amendment and said its implementing law was a model for balancing election integrity with accommodations for all voters. 
 
“North Carolinians know election integrity is essential to our democratic process and strongly supported voter ID,” Speaker Moore said.  “This law accommodates all voters’ access to a secure ballot with commonsense standards already in place in most states.”  
 
The case – Holmes v. Moore – is a state court challenge brought by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Wake County.  The court denied the plaintiffs’ requests for a preliminary injunction.   
 
North Carolina’s voter ID law allows any voter to assert a “reasonable impediment” at the polls for why they don’t have a qualifying ID.
 
It further accommodates religious objectors, provides for free state-issued IDs, and accepts a broad range of qualifying IDs including student IDs, drivers’ licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, voter and state employee cards, and Native American tribal cards. S.B. 824 even allows drivers’ licenses from other states to qualify in some circumstances.
 
Governor Roy Cooper’s vetoed the legislation - Senate Bill 824 Implementation of Voter ID Const. Amendment – accusing a majority of North Carolina voters of “sinister” motives in supporting a constitutional amendment proposing voter ID and calling the people’s approval of voter ID the “cynical origins” of the law. 
 
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