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Senator Steinburg to Lead New Senate Select Committee on Prison Safety PDF Print E-mail
State Government
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Friday, 15 February 2019 09:45
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) today appointed members to the new Senate Select Committee on Prison Safety. Senator Bob Steinburg (R-Chowan) will chair the select committee. Steinburg’s district includes Bertie Correctional Institution and Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where five prison employees were killed on duty in 2017. Senator Steinburg represents a large number of correctional officers and has made prison safety his top priority. 
Senator Berger said, “The state is responsible for the laws that regulate our prisons, and it’s our job as legislators to institute policies that make them as safe as possible. Correctional officers have a challenging position, and we need to support them.” 
Senator Steinburg said, “The gravity of this matter cannot be understated. Two years ago, five very fine individuals were senselessly murdered while on duty; one in Bertie County, the other four in Pasquotank. These people, and their families, were my not just my constituents. They were my neighbors and my friends. When I met the families of victims, it hit home to me that the folks who gave their lives were so much more than a name in a newspaper.” 
Steinburg continued, “The men and women, whom I’ve met since then, are dedicated professionals in our correction system. As such, they are much more than names on a duty roster. I plan for the work of our new committee to honor their service, and honor the memory of people like Megan Callahan, Justin Smith, Veronica Darden, Wendy Shannon, and Geoffrey Howe.” 
After the 2017 prison deaths, the North Carolina General Assembly provided $15 million in additional funding to improve prison safety and security. The funding supports “man-down” technology, including emergency communication, location tracking capabilities, and duress badges which activate an alarm if a corrections officer is incapacitated. The committee will build on those steps to continue improving prison safety and will formulate additional recommendations for the legislature’s consideration. 
Full List of Committee Members
Senator Bob Steinburg (Chair)
Senator Danny Earl Britt, Jr.
Senator Warren Daniel
Senator Norman W. Sanderson
Senator Tom McInnis
Senator Ralph Hise
Senator Kathy Harrington
Senator Jim Burgin
Senator Joyce Waddell
Senator Milton F. “Toby” Fitch, Jr.
Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.
Senator Terry Van Duyn
Senator Harper Peterson
Beasley To Become North Carolina's First African American Chief Justice PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 13:17

Gov. Cooper Names Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court


RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper named Associate Justice Cheri Beasley as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.


“Chief Justice Mark Martin has admirably served our state for years, and I wish him well in his new role,” said Gov. Cooper. “Justice Beasley is a well-respected jurist, and I know her to be fair and deeply committed to viewing all North Carolinians equally through the eyes of the law. I appreciate Justice Beasley’s willingness to serve the people of our state in this critical role.”


Justice Beasley has served on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2012. She was previously an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and before that served as a District Court Judge. Governor Jim Hunt first appointed Justice Beasley to the state bench in 1999. Beasley is a graduate of Rutgers University and received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Justice Beasley will serve as the state’s first African American female Chief Justice of North Carolina.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 13:23
Governor Cooper Order Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Congressman Walter Jones Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:42

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff in tribute to Representative Walter Jones. Rep. Jones served eastern North Carolina's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He will be funeralized Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Governor Cooper released the following statement on Sunday.

"I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed."



Tributes Pour In For Congressman Jones PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:40
Governor Roy Cooper: 
After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76.
Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.
Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.
He will be sorely missed.

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