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Gov. Pat McCrory Takes Action To Clarify Privacy and Safety Provisions of House Bill 2 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has signed Executive Order 93 to clarify privacy and safety provisions of the recently passed House Bill 2, which has drawn both scorn and praise from within the state and around the country.
 
The governor's office outlined the five elements of the order in a news release and video.

** Maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and schools

** Affirms the private sector’s right to establish its own restroom and locker room policies

** Affirms the private sector and local governments’ right to establish non-discrimination employment policies for its own employees

** Expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity

** Seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination

Reaction was swift from the state's leading advocacy group for gays, lesbians, and transgendered invidivuals. Equality NC is opposed to House Bill 2.
 
“While Gov. McCrory’s executive order creates vital protections in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, it does not address the deep concerns we share with members of the business community and citizens across the state about the damaging impact of H.B. 2,” said Chris Sgro. “In fact, the order doubles down on the governor’s support for some of the most problematic provisions of H.B. 2.”

Sen. Leader Phil Berge praised the governor's move.

“Gov. McCrory just put to rest the left’s lies about H.B. 2 and proved it allows private and public employers, nonprofits, and churches the ability to adopt nondiscrimination policies that are stronger than state and federal law,” Berger said in a statement. “But that fact is irrelevant to Roy Cooper and his left-wing political correctness mob with their agenda-driven allies in the liberal media, who will never stop trashing North Carolina until they achieve their goal of allowing any man into any women’s bathroom or locker room at any time simply by claiming to feel like a woman.”

 
Text of House Bill 2, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The debate over House Bill 2 continues. The law, passed, with bipartisan support in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, sets aside Charlotte's ordinance that would have allowed transgendered individuals to use public accommodations consistent with their gender identity, not their anatomy.

On Monday, supporters of the bill rallied at the state capitol. Their event comes in response to outcries from some businesses and entertainers who say the law is discriminatory.

The text and details of the bill can be found at ncleg.net.

 
As Budget Reconciliation Session Nears, Gov. McCrory Unveils Health/Human Services Priorities PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Legislators returning to Raleigh April 25 now have a good sense of where Gov. Pat McCrory would like budget reconciliations negotiations to begin. On Monday, the governor released his budget priorities.

From the governor's news release, the priorities are:

** Improving the lives of people with mental illness and substance use disorders

** Expanding Medicaid and state services for older adults, including those with Alzheimer’s

** Expanding Medicaid services for people with developmental disabilities and Autism

** Continuing Governor McCrory’s commitment to high quality early childhood programs by increasing Pre-K slots

** Keeping our children safe by strengthening the state’s child protection system

** Preparing North Carolina to respond to Zika Virus

 
General Assembly Calendar For Monday, April 11, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 11 April 2016 05:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The General Assembly reconvenes in two weeks for the short legislative session, but work continues by committees. Following is the public schedule for the legislature for Monday, April 11, 2016.

9:00 AM     Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government -- CORRECTED     544 LOB


1:00 PM     Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee     544 LOB

The committee's agenda includes economic development tiers legislation.

 
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