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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.

DEQ: State Will Conduct Environmental Justice Review of Duke Coal Ash Landfill Applications PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 08 April 2016 05:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina is taking extra steps to ensure that communities near planned Duke Energy coal ash landfills are safe and not negatively impacted by implementing an  environmental justice review that exceeds federal and state requirements.

Assistant Secretary of Environmental Quality Tom Reeder made the announcement at a town hall meeting in Walnut Cove.

“The McCrory administration is a national leader in addressing the decades-old issue of coal ash and continues to set an example for the federal government and other states on this issue,” Reeder said in a statement.  “The McCrory administration will go beyond federal and state requirements to protect minority communities from negative impacts when evaluating Duke Energy’s applications to store coal ash in a new landfill.”

The state's plan is to review each landfill application and ask the EPA Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and its North Carolina Advisory Committee to review and approve the plan before a permit is issued.

Legislative Committee Evaluating Job Licensing Rules Looks to 2017 Long Session For Possible Action PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 07 April 2016 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A push to pare back the job categories that require a license from state government has been delayed.

Critics of occupational licensing had hoped a legislative committee would make recommendations to be considered during the upcoming short session, but this week the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee voted to continue gathering information rather making an immediate recommendation.

North Carolina licenses 154 job categories. By comparison, South Carolina licenses only 49.

On Tuesday, the committee heard from licensing board representatives who advocated for keeping rules in place.

State Sen. Andy Wells (R-Catawba) is championing the reform effort.


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