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Public Comment Period Opens For Proposed Campaign Finance Rules PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 06 January 2020 14:08
RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections invites members of the public to comment on proposed rules and amendments to rules pertaining to campaign finance requirements. The proposed text of the rules can be found here. 
 
The rules are proposed for adoption and amendment to comply with statutes requiring the State Board to:
Engage in rulemaking related to campaign finance reporting requirements;
Establish the reports and schedule for federal political committees required to register with the State of North Carolina pursuant to G.S. 163-278.7A; and
Clarify that the Board’s noncompliance process for late campaign finance reports applies to all reports filed under Article 22A, Chapter 163.
 
A public hearing on the proposed rules and amendment will be held at 1 p.m. January 23, 2020, at the State Board of Elections office on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, N.C.
The public comment period begins today (Thursday, January 2, 2020) and ends Monday, March 2, 2020. Those wishing to comment on the proposed amendment may submit them directly to the State Board through the online portal.
If you prefer to submit your comment by other means, you may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to State Board of Elections, Attn: Rulemaking Coordinator, P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255.
Note: All entries will become part of the public record. Please do not include any confidential information or data.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 14:10
 
James Harrington, Former NC Cabinet Secretary, Dies At 92 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Bryce Wilson   
Monday, 06 January 2020 14:04

A businessman whose governmental service included the leadership of North Carolina departments during the administrations of two governors has died. James E. Harrington, 92, passed away January 1 at his home in Southern Pines after a brief illness.

Harrington served as secretary of the state Department of Natural and Economic Resources from 1973 until 1976 under Gov. Jim Holshouser. While in that capacity, he led the agency through a consolidation brought about by a major reorganization of state government.

After returning to business between 1976 and 1985, Harrington served from 1985 through 1989 as secretary of transportation during the administration of Gov. Jim Martin, leading efforts to improve funding for roads, rails and aviation.

"North Carolina has lost a brilliant and dedicated man who served the state in many ways," said Martin. "Jim Harrington's public service was marked by sound policy judgment, highly competent managerial skills, and significant innovations that contributed to the state and its people. As I express my sincere condolences to Jim's family, I also wish to publicly convey my gratitude for his service and for the lasting differences it made."

As a business executive, Harrington’s roles included 20 years with the Pinehurst golf and resort property, including a tenure as its president. He later held positions leading the development of the Kildare Farms subdivision in Cary, Southern Shores in Dare County, and Bald Head Island in Brunswick County.

Harrington graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1949, was nearly immediately called to active duty, and served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. After separation from active duty, Harrington joined the N.C. National Guard, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

As North Carolina’s NER secretary, Harrington was responsible for a host of diverse divisions that involved state parks, marine fisheries, wildlife, forestry, environmental regulation, economic development, and tourism. During his tenure, the department administered the establishment of the North Carolina State Zoo, orchestrated a successful effort to gain state and federal recognitions of the New River as a natural and scenic resource, and opened the state’s first overseas trade offices in Canada and Germany. Legislatively, the department worked collaboratively with the N.C. General Assembly to establish a means for regulating sediment runoff, enact the N.C. Coastal Area Management Act, and secure authorization for local governments to attract industry through the issuance of industrial development bonds.

As transportation secretary, Harrington, working closely with both the governor’s administration and the legislature, played a prominent role in a multi-year effort that ultimately resulted in the enactment of legislation establishing the state’s Highway Trust Fund. The fund supported highway work that paved secondary roads in rural areas, built an enhanced statewide network of four-lane highways, and constructed freeway loops in major urban centers. During the same timeframe, he worked to secure dedicated, recurring funding for public transportation, the state rail program and the N.C. Division of Aviation.

Harrington was born in New Hampshire in 1927. His parents were school teachers who later bought and operated hotels, one near his birthplace and the other in Southern Pines. He grew up shuttling between seasonal peak times in those areas, spending from spring through fall in New Hampshire and winters in Southern Pines.

Harrington had a long history of Republican political involvement that began when he raised small contributions for Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential campaign.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Quarterman Harrington of Southern Pines, Daughters Nancy Harrington Enloe (Steve) of Raleigh, Mary Harrington Tomasiewicz (Steve) of Newtown, Conn., Morrill Harrington Weaver (Jim) of Waynesville, sons Harry Alexander Harrington (Lynn) of Apex and David Michael Harrington of Waynesville, stepdaughter Stephanie Briggs (Robert) of Charleston, S.C., and 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren..bolesfuneralhome.com

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 12:57
 
NC DHHS Details 2019 Successes; Gears Up For 2020 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 06 January 2020 13:48
As the NC Department of Health and Human Services gears up for 2020, we are reflecting on the many ways DHHS and its partners have improved the health, safety and well-being of communities across the state during 2019. Highlights include:
 
Fighting the opioid crisis: In conjunction with partners, DHHS released the NC Opioid Action Plan 2.0. The plan builds on the progress in addressing this crisis, including a drop in unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths among NC residents for the first time in five years. Since the Opioid Action Plan was launched in 2017, opioid dispensing has decreased by 24 percent. NC Medicaid also increased outpatient therapy treatment visits for beneficiaries and streamlined the prior authorization process.
 
Strengthening Medicaid: Although managed care implementation was suspended, DHHS has received national recognition for its work to integrate physical and behavioral health, invest in primary care, and promote value-based care. NC Medicaid accomplishments include:
 
Under budget for the sixth consecutive state fiscal year, even while serving more North Carolinians.  
Approval of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model waiver, which will support individuals recovering from these injuries to live in their communities. 
Saving the state over $25.5 million through NC Medicaid's Office of Compliance and Program Integrity.
For the first time in several years, the Department increased rates for primary care providers. Reimbursement rates were also increased for personal care services, which led to pay increases for caregivers and improved recruitment, and for dental services, which led to an increase in services provided.
Investing in non-medical drivers of health: DHHS, in collaboration with partners, launched NCCARE360, the nation’s first statewide coordinated care network that knits together health care, human services and community-based organizations to deliver person-centered care. It’s now live in 50 counties and will be statewide by the end of 2020. More than 1,500 referrals have been made connecting people to resources they need, such as housing, employment, food, interpersonal safety, and transportation, among others.
 
Decreasing infant and maternal mortality: North Carolina’s infant deaths in 2018 reached their lowest rate in the 31 years they have been tracked.
 
Renewing the state’s commitment to young children: DHHS launched the NC Early Childhood Action Plan with input from more than 1,000 stakeholders. The goals of the plan build on the significant progress made in recent years on behalf of children.
 
Supporting hurricane recovery and relief: Back@Home North Carolina, a disaster rapid rehousing program administered by DHHS, has housed over 1,000 people displaced by Hurricane Florence as of October 2019.  And Hope 4 NC, a crisis counseling and resiliency program, has provided door-to-door community counseling to over 230,000 individuals.
 
Opening Broughton Hospital: The new 477,000-square-foot hospital serves residents in 37 western counties with acute mental health needs and features a state-of-the-art laboratory, pharmacy, dental and radiology departments, courtyards and a treatment mall. Patients were transferred to the new facility beginning in November.
 
Increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities: Through Governor Roy Cooper’s Employment First Executive Order, DHHS and the Office of State Human Resources are collaborating to enhance recruitment and outreach efforts to attract qualified individuals with disabilities for state employment.
 
Helping people with mental illness find housing and services: Through the Transition to Community Living Initiative (TCLI), there was a 27 percent increase in individuals with mental illness who were housed over the prior year.
 
Supporting our aging and adult population: Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, operated by DHHS, was named the best nursing home in North Carolina by a new, national ranking recently compiled by Newsweek. Out of thousands of senior care organizations in the United States, 406 locations earned this distinction.
 
Working to end the HIV epidemic: DHHS’ Division of Public Health launched efforts to create a “Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan” for North Carolina in partnership with the NC AIDS Action Network.
 
In the year to come, the Department will continue to focus on responding to the opioid epidemic, advancing young children’s healthy development, and keeping Medicaid strong.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, October 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, October 30, 2014, as released by his office.

8:15 a.m.
N.C. CEO Forum
North Ridge Country Club
Ballroom
6612 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh

OPEN to credentialed press only.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 05:04
 
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