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Cooper Signs Two Bills PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:45
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: 
 
House Bill 377: Teacher Step Act
Senate Bill 557: Various Finance Law Changes
 
Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on Senate Bill 557:
"By leveling the playing field between North Carolina retailers and out-of-state companies this bill will provide more resources to the General Fund that can help education. When North Carolina cuts taxes they should benefit middle-class and lower income people, not corporations."
 
 
Bill to Protect Children and Close Consent Loophole Becomes Law PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:20
Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 199, a bill to modernize sexual abuse laws as well as strengthen enforcement and protection for children who have been abused, into law. The new law will close loopholes in existing sexual assault laws and strengthen penalties against child abusers.
 
Previously, North Carolina lagged the nation in closing loopholes in sexual assault laws, including consent revocation and incapacitation by alcohol. A bipartisan bill, SB 199 was passed unanimously in the state legislature.
 
“For too long, North Carolina has not protected sexual abuse victims the same ways other states have, and this law closes that consent loophole,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This bipartisan legislation goes a long way to protect all victims of sexual assault, especially children, and will help more people seek justice against abusers.”
 
Gov. Cooper was joined by Tom Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Service of the Piedmont, Mary Williams-Stover, Executive Director of the Council for Women and Youth Involvement, Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, several survivors and advocates, as well as local and state elected officials. He noted the role Attorney General Josh Stein played in organizing the legislation and advocacy for SB 199.
 
“Keeping children safe from abuse and violence is job one for parents and for the state. The SAFE Child Act does exactly that, and I am proud that my office drafted and championed the law. It will make sure abuse is reported and prosecuted – allowing more victims to see justice and putting abusers behind bars. It will better protect kids online from sexual predators. And it will allow adults who were violated as children to sue their abusers in court for the damages they suffered,” said Attorney General Josh Stein.
 
In North Carolina, an estimated 35 percent of women will experience intimate partner violence or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. 81 percent of women in North Carolina have reported experiencing at least one negative outcome due to their experience with intimate partner violence, with 56 percent developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.
 
The new law will go into effect December 1, 2019.
 
GOP Senators Blast Cooper's Veto Of Remove Foreign Citizens From Voting Rolls Bill PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:01
 North Carolina Senators Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth) and Warren Daniel (R-Burke) issued the following statement in response to Governor Roy Cooper's veto of Senate Bill 250, "Remove Foreign Citizens from Voting Rolls":
 
"Governor Roy Cooper continued his radical left-wing agenda by blocking a bill titled 'Remove Foreign Citizens from Voting Rolls,' even though federal authorities recently charged 19 foreign nationals in North Carolina with voting illegally. How radical do you have to be to block a bill making it harder for foreign nationals to vote in American elections?"
 
Cooper Signs Bills; Vetoes Remove Foreign Citizens From Voting Rolls Bill PDF Print E-mail
State Government
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:57
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: 
 
Senate Bill 683: Combat Absentee Ballot Fraud
Senate Bill 559: Storm Securitization
Senate Bill 537: Licensing & HHS Amends & Rural Health Stable
House Bill 111: 2019-2021 Base Budgets/Certain Agencies
House Bill 470: Administration of Justice Changes
Senate Bill 433: DNCR Omnibus & Other Changes
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on Senate Bill 683:
 
"This legislation restores Saturday voting before election day which is one of the most popular and convenient days to vote. This will help reduce long lines on election day and make it easier for people to have their voices heard."
 
Governor Cooper also vetoed the following bill:
 
Senate Bill 250: Remove Foreign Citizens from Voting Rolls
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on Senate Bill 250:
 
"Only citizens should be allowed to vote. But blocking legitimate voters from casting a ballot is a risk we cannot take when the law already prevents non-citizens from voting and has legitimate mechanisms to remove them from the rolls. This legislation creates a high risk of voter harassment and intimidation and could discourage citizens from voting."
 
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