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Conner’s Law, Which Increases Penalties For Deadly Assaults On Law Enforcement Officers, Heads to Governor's Desk PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:47
The N.C. General Assembly gave final approval to Conner’s Law (House Bill 283) – legislation named in honor of fallen state Trooper Kevin Conner who was murdered last year during a routine traffic stop in Columbus County. 
 
The bill, which was filed by Deputy House Majority Leader Brenden Jones (R-Columbus), will enhance penalties for deadly assaults on law enforcement officers and increase the death benefit paid to the family of a fallen officer. 
 
“Almost one year to the day that we lost Kevin, Conner’s Law is on the way to the Governor’s desk,” said Rep. Jones. “We have cried, grieved, and mourned for our friend Kevin. But, let us rejoice today in his memory. Thanks to all who have help and encouraged me in this process. Thanks to my co-sponsors, as well as Senator Danny E. Britt Jr. for carrying this in the Senate for me. Godspeed B-551.” 
 
Earlier this year, Rep. Jones and his colleagues were joined by the family of Trooper Conner and members of the N.C. Highway Patrol in unveiling the legislation. The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature. 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:49
 
State Offers Grants To Promote Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:23

 Grants of up to $1,000 are available from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission for nonprofit organizations and local government agencies wishing to create or strengthen programs that support the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s 2019 grant program is “A Call for Civil Discourse,” a topic taught by Dr. King to encourage the engagement of conversation among citizens to further enhance understanding of one another.

 

The MLK Commission,  housed in the NC Department of Administration (DOA), administers the MLK grant annually in an effort to support programs that educate North Carolina youth on Dr. King’s messaging through peer-to-peer activities.

 

“The MLK grant program seeks to carry on the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by supporting programs that strengthen our communities and reaffirm our state’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and nonviolence,” said DOA Secretary Machelle Sanders.

 

The Commission is seeking innovative ideas from nonprofits and local government entities to promote Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence.  The Commission’s vision is to advance an awareness and appreciation of the life of Dr. King.

 

Grants will be awarded to entities across North Carolina to ensure statewide distribution of funds. Applicants are encouraged to partner with local Youth Councils, Human Relations Councils and community organizations. Preference will be given to applicants striving to reach 50 or more youth ages 15- 21 years of age.

 

Interested nonprofit and government entities should use the application form located on the MLK Jr. Commission’s website to define the specific program that will foster and promote the legacy and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Examples include but are not limited to:

 

·       Peer-to-peer youth programs to enhance community relations;

·       Digital and social media campaigns;

·       Bell Ringing ceremonies in local communities;

·       And promotion of cultural arts.

 

Candidates are encouraged to use the checklist to ensure that applications are complete. Applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. Awards will be announced in December 2019. If you have questions or desire technical assistance, please contact the Department of Administration at 919-807-2425. To learn more about the Commission, follow us on Facebook @NCMLKJrCommission.

 
House Speaker Says Passing $1.9 Billion Education Bond Is of "Utmost Importance" PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 08:25
 House Speaker Tim Moore said approving the $1.9 billion capital budget fund for education communities in North Carolina is of the “utmost importance” before the General Assembly adjourns for any significant period of time. 
 
Speaker Moore also noted the joint increased revenue forecast released by North Carolina’s budget agencies in September that projected tax collections would exceed original predictions by $277 million, saying the state House would look to invest even more into public education from those funds. 
 
“We are impressed with the higher recurring revenue numbers now forecast by the Fiscal Research Division and Office of State Budget and Management that exceed original projections by over $270 million for the 2019-2021 biennium,” Speaker Moore said.  
 
“As a result, we are looking to invest even more into public education for the long-term, in addition to the capital projects, pay raises, and other core education priorities already in the state budget.” 
 
“Right now, approving the capital infrastructure funds for K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges currently blocked by the budget veto is of the utmost importance, and must be approved as a stand-alone appropriation if necessary before the General Assembly adjourns for any significant period of time.”
 
“We are also reviewing the pipeline of priority bills that are still outstanding to complete legislative work on those matters prior to adjournment as well.”  
 
Speaker Moore will visit Western Carolina University on Thursday to promote capital funds for higher education campuses currently blocked in the state budget, continuing a statewide tour that included visits to UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and UNC-Pembroke. 
 
Speaker Moore committed to making substantial capital investments in North Carolina’s public schools and higher education campuses in December following his nomination for a third term as the presiding officer of the state House of Representatives. 
 
 
Climate Council Presents Clean Energy Plan PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:39

Governor Roy Cooper’s Climate Change Interagency Council presented four key plans related to clean energy and climate change to the Governor.  today. The plans were a directive the Governor’s Executive Order 80, which he signed last year to reaffirm the state’s commitment to fighting climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy

The council presented Gov. Cooper with:

  • The Clean Energy Planfrom the Department of Environmental Quality,
  • The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Plan from the Department of Transportation,
  • The Motor Fleet ZEV plan from the Department of Administration and
  • The Clean Energy and Clean Transportation Workforce Assessment from the Department of Commerce.

“I’m committed to fighting climate change and securing more clean energy jobs for our state and these plans help us do both,” said Governor Cooper. “Our state is taking strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow renewable energy sources, which will create jobs and support innovation.”

The Clean Energy Plan recommends policies and actions based on 160 stakeholders’ input to grow clean energy resources that benefit all of North Carolina. The final plan received more than 660 comments during the final comment period, some of which are directly reflected in the final plan.

  • The plan calls for a 70% reduction in power sector greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030 with carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • The plan also includes strategies for modernizing regulatory and planning processes to foster long-term energy affordability and price stability for North Carolina’s residents and businesses.
  • The plan provides for ways to accelerate clean energy innovation to create economic opportunities for both rural and urban areas of the state.

The ZEV Plan identifies strategic actions to support the goal set out in Executive Order 80 of 80,000 registered ZEVs by 2025. Recommended actions are designed to increase awareness about ZEVs, improve vehicle affordability, increase convenience of ZEV ownership through installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and advance effective policies.

The Motor Fleet ZEV plan identifies over 550 state vehicles that can feasibly be replaced with an EV, saving the state approximately $3.8 million, and provides action steps for shifting the state motor fleet to include more EVs.

The Clean Energy and Clean Transportation Workforce Assessment provides a clear picture of the industries and occupations that make up North Carolina’s clean economy. The assessment finds that the state has a large clean economy workforce that is meeting current employment needs, in large part because of North Carolina’s strong workforce and education systems.

Cabinet Secretaries also provided updates from their agencies on the progress toward emission and efficiency goals in state facilities and their progress on the Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan due next year. Members of the public who attended today’s meeting were given a chance to comment on the Council’s presentation.

The Climate Council is scheduled to meet again in November. The final plan documents and latest updates are available online at https://deq.nc.gov/eo80-plans-and-progress

 
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