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Bill Would Divert $50 Million Of Highway Money To RDU PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:14
Raleigh-Durham International Airport would receive $50 million from North Carolina's Highway Trust Fund to rebuild one of its runways if a bill introduced in the Senate is passed. 
 
Senate Bill Bill 351 sponsored by Senator Bill Rabon who represents Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, would divert the money from the Highway Trust Fund would be used to rebuild RDU's 10,000 foot runway. Specifically, the legislation calls for the money to go for facilities to accommodate international flights.
 
RDU has two trans-Atlantic flights. American Airlines has flown to London from RDU for decades service while Delta recently initiated a route to Paris.
 
Mecklenburg Senator Files Bill To Repeal HB2 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:10
The Raleigh News and Observer reports a Mecklenburg legislator, Sen. Joel Ford, who is also a Charlotte mayoral candidate, has introduced a bill to repeal HB2, a law that mandates that transgender individual use public restrooms of their biological gender. The law invalidated a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgenders to use public restroom and locker rooms of their gender identity. 
 
SB332 would repeal HB2 and establish and prohibit cities and towns from passing bathroom access ordinances until 30 days after the state's legislative session ends. 
 
After numerous attempts to repeal HB2 have failed, the paper reported Governor Roy Cooper said he would consider a moratorium as part of an effort to repeal HB2, a law he said has cast a shadow over North Carolina. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:14
 
Bills Would Reform Certificate of Need Requirement For Medical Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:01
A host of proposals to reform North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws have been filed in the General Assembly. 
 
CON laws require medical providers that want to build new facilities or buy or replace their own equipment acquire approval from state regulators. Studies cited by the bill sponsors pointed to CON restrictions leading in part to thousands fewer patient beds in the state, along with fewer MRI machines and CT scanners. 
 
Proposals from Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow), Sens. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) and Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), Sens. Norman Sanderson (R-Pamlico) and Louis Pate (R-Wayne) and Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union) would begin the conversation on eliminating barriers to competition created by CON, and making needed services more accessible at a lower cost.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:09
 
Cooper Nominates Lawyer And Corrections Official To Transportation Board PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:43
Governor Cooper has nominated an environmental lawyer and a county corrections official to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Board.
 
“I believe these new members will work well with the board to help us improve transportation in North Carolina, and I appreciate their willingness to serve,” Gov. Cooper said.
 
The Transportation Board represents statewide transportation needs and oversees the North Carolina Highway Trust Fund, an account created by the North Carolina General Assembly to fund new road construction efforts. New appointees will begin serving their four-year terms following a thirty-day comment period.
 
Cooper nominated: 
  • William “Billy” Clarke (Buncombe County) – Clarke brings nearly 30 years of experience in environmental law including representing local governments and private clients. Named to multiple lists of top lawyers, he is a native of western North Carolina and a graduate of Princeton and UNC School of Law.
  • Douglas “Allen” Moran (Dare County) – Capitan Moran serves with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office where he manages the county’s detention center, including 50 employees and $4 million budget. He is a native of Dare County and also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Roanoke Island Community Center Board.
The two new members will join the ten DOT board members named by Governor Cooper last month.
 
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