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House Bills 91, 358, 601, and 706 Signed Into Law PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 18 May 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Four bills have become law after being presented to, and signed by, Gov. Pat McCrory. The bills are:


HB 91: A study bill directing the North Carolina Department of Transportation to examine ways to prevent the misuse of handicapped parking placards.

HB 358: Allows schools to be awarded A-F school performance grades based on a 15-point scale, providing a consistent benchmark for student achievement for state schools.

HB 601: Allows for the sale of deer skins by hunters or meat processors. Current law does not allow wildlife, whether whole or in part, to be sold in North Carolina. This legislation will help meat processors who are left with deer skins after processing deer for hunters.  
 
HB 706: Requires the building code council to modify certain building requirements related to open air cabins. A rustic cabin, defined by a single story, three walls, 20 percent screened openings and no heating or cooling systems, are required to have two exits. 

 
Flags Lowered Friday To Recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 15 May 2015 04:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. and North Carolina flags will be at half-staff from sunrise through sunset Friday in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Gov. Pat McCrory ordered the flags lowered and encouraged North Carolinians to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses on that day as well.

“North Carolina is blessed to have the best law enforcement agencies in the nation – professional men and women who have dedicated their lives to upholding the rule of law while honoring the constitutional freedoms we hold most dear. On Peace Officers Memorial Day we recognize with special honor those in law enforcement who have sacrificed on our behalf,” said the governor in a statement.

 
Audit: Nepotism and $1.6 Million Wasted Compensation in NC Tracks PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood's office concludes the former director of the state's Medicaid payment processing system, NC Tracks, wasted $1.6 million in unjustified compensation and hired friends and relatives.

The full audit and response from Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos is available at http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/Investigative/INV-2015-0401.pdf.

Key Findings:

-- At least $1.6 million wasted through excessive wages and commissions, unjustified overtime, and
holiday pay to ineligible employees

-- OMMISS Director engaged in or allowed nepotism

-- OMMISS Director received unauthorized compensatory time that may result in inflated retirement
benefits  

-- Reports to General Assembly omitted at least $260,000 of overtime and compensatory time

-- Lack of adequate oversight of OMMISS despite findings in prior audit reports  

Wos has responded to the audit with a detailed analysis of each finding.

 
Connect NC Bond Website Up and Running With Information About $2.85 Billion Bond Proposal PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A new state government website has been created to help inform the public about the $2.85 billion bond package proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory for transportation and infrastructure projects.

www.connect.nc.gov. went live this week.

“This site will serve as a central point for our citizens to learn about our plan to connect North Carolina through statewide investments in transportation, public health, education, parks and our military,” said the governor in a statement.. “Today, we are benefiting from the investments made by our parents and grandparents. Now is the time for us to make the investments that will benefit North Carolinians for generations to come.”  
 
The governor says no tax increase will be required.

The legislature must approve putting the two bonds on the ballot for voters to decide yes or no.

 
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