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Governor Cooper Vetoes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:53
Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill:
 
Senate Bill 359: “AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT.”

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of Senate Bill 359:
 
"Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients. This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist."
 
Bill Would Impose Work Requirements For Able Bodied Citizens To Receive Medicaid Benefits PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 March 2019 08:28
Able-bodied participants in North Carolina’s Medicaid program would be required to fulfill a work and community engagement requirement under a bill filed earlier today by Senators Ralph Hise (R- Mitchell), Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), and Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg). 
 
Senate Bill 387 would require non-elderly, non-pregnant adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are not disabled to work or participate in community engagement activities. The specific requirements would be developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and would be based on the work requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) policy under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 
 
The work requirements for ABAWD policy under SNAP require program beneficiaries to participate in 20 hours of community engagement per week, which may include working or looking for a job, volunteering, and pursuing educational opportunities. 
 
“Despite the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been pumped into the Medicaid system at both the state and federal level, there are still numerous studies that show Medicaid does not guarantee improved health outcomes,” Hise, Krawiec and Bishop said in a joint statement. “Conversely, there is strong evidence suggesting that productive work and community engagement may improve health outcomes. By encouraging these folks already on Medicaid to work and engage with their community, not only are we increasing their chances of improved health outcomes, we are also increasing their chances of someday moving off government assistance programs altogether. ” 
 
In addition to exempting elderly, disabled and pregnant Medicaid enrollees from this work and community engagement requirement, the bill also includes a list of 21 other exemptions. These include Individuals under 19 and over 64, Individuals who have been certified as unfit for employment for physical or mental health reasons, and Individuals with chronic illnesses as well as many others.
 
According to the federal Center for Medicaid (CMS), a number of existing studies provide strong evidence that unemployment is generally harmful to health, including higher mortality; poorer general health; poorer mental health; and higher medical consultation and hospital admission rates. A 2013 Gallup poll found that unemployed Americans are more than twice as likely as those with full-time jobs to say they currently have or are being treated for depression. 
 
Bill Requiring Sheriffs Cooperate With ICE Clears N.C. House Judiciary Committee PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:01

Legislation to require North Carolina sheriffs cooperate with federal authorities from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency seeking to serve detainers on arrested illegal immigrants charged with crimes was approved by the state House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. 

 
House Bill 370 Require Sheriff Cooperation With Ice makes it unlawful for any county to prohibit federal immigration officials from entering or conducting immigration enforcement activities in a county jail, confinement facility, or other type of detention center. 
 
It also requires county sheriffs in North Carolina to fulfill detainer requests from the federal government for illegal immigrants who are already under arrest and charged with a crime.
 
Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Criminal Matters, presented the legislation and answered questions from the committee Tuesday. 
 
“There are a small number of sheriffs in some of our state’s largest counties who have decided to stop cooperating with federal immigration authorities, in many cases even deciding to stop communicating with federal immigration authorities, about illegal immigrants charged with crimes and currently in jail,” Hall said in committee Wednesday.  
 
“These sheriffs are putting politics ahead of public safety. This bill would put a stop to that.”
 
Sanctuary sheriffs in North Carolina have released illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes including assault on a government official, assault on a female, manslaughter, indecent liberties with a child, rape, kidnapping, and forcible sex offenses, during their ongoing refusal to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers seeking to detain those individuals, according to the Department of Homeland Security. 
 
“This codifies what most sheriffs in our state are already doing and what they’ve been doing for a long time, until very recently when a few sanctuary sheriffs decided to stop cooperating with federal immigration authorities,” Hall said.  
 
“Similar legislation has passed in other states and been upheld by federal courts.  This just requires sheriffs who already arrested someone to notify federal authorities when they can’t determine citizenship for that individual.” 
 
The legislation also requires sheriffs’ offices to track and report the number of queries they make to federal officials under its provisions. 
 
“Remember that no matter what these sheriffs do, ICE has a job to do.  They’re going to continue to do that job regardless. Right now they mainly do that in jail, where their officers and members of the public are kept safe.” 
 
“When sheriffs don’t cooperate with ICE, they still have that duty to enforce federal immigration law, except instead of doing it in a jail in a controlled environment, they’re going to do it out in the community.”
 
The bill allows any private citizen who resides in a jurisdiction they believe is not in compliance with the proposed law to bring an action for declaratory or injunctive relief to enforce its provisions and require cooperation with federal officials.  
 
The legislation does not apply to persons who are victims or witnesses of a criminal offense, anyone who is reporting an offense, or anyone who can establish lawful United States citizenship or legal immigration into the country. 
 
“We are only interested in folks charged with a crime who are here illegally, in jail, and charged with a crime, in this legislation,” Hall said. 
 
H.B. 370 is also sponsored by Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), and Rep. Carson Smith (R-Pender). 
 
Rep. Jones is the Deputy Majority Leader of the North Carolina House, and Rep. Saine is a Senior House Appropriations Committee co-chair.  Rep. Smith is a freshman legislator who served sixteen years as the Sheriff of Pender County.  The bill is co-sponsored by state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).
 
The legislation advanced to the state House Committee on State and Local Government. 
 
Neal Inman Named General Counsel of Speaker’s Office PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:58
The Office of House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the hire of a new General Counsel on Monday, naming attorney Neal Inman to lead its legal team in the 2019-2020 legislative biennium. 
 
A graduate of Campbell University and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Inman previously served as House Rules Committee Counsel for Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Associate General Counsel for Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC).  
 
Inman has a range of legal experience in public affairs including state and federal litigation, elections and redistricting law, constitutional questions, separation of powers, and legislative policy proposals. 
 
Speaker Moore said Inman was promoted after proving to be a valuable asset to members of the General Assembly since 2017:    
 
“Neal played a vital role as Rules Committee Counsel advising House leaders on complex legal questions and litigation,” Moore said.  “He has earned the trust of legislators with his work ethic and impressive command of state law and constitutional matters.”
 
“We are fortunate to retain Neal as our General Counsel to ensure we have another successful session serving the people of North Carolina.”  
 
Speaker Moore also announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan Sink has accepted a new role to serve as General Counsel to state Superintendent Mark Johnson.  Sink worked in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2017.  
 
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