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Cooper Signs State Disaster Declaration For Catawba, Mecklenburg and Surrounding Counties PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:44

Governor Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, including Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union, making additional assistance available to people affected by heavy rains that flooded homes and roads in those counties on June 7-10.

“This declaration will help those who do not qualify for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration,” said Governor Cooper. “We want to work to make sure people get as much help as possible to recover from this unexpected disaster.”

At the Governor’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted a disaster declaration last week for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, allowing affected residents to apply for low interest SBA disaster loans. With the signing of the state disaster declaration, state funded grants become possible for individuals who do not meet the qualifications for an SBA loan.

More than 600 homes in Catawba and Mecklenburg counties were affected by the heavy rains in early June. Downed trees also caused damage to homes and blocked roads.

Two recovery centers are open through July 11 for residents to apply for assistance. Hours will be 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. Centers will be closed on July 4, 2019.

Catawba County Disaster Recovery Center


Springs Road Baptist Church

3580 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory


Mecklenburg County Disaster Recovery Center

Charlotte Fire Station #33

2001 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte

Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov .


Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov, completed and brought to the recovery centers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:47
Governor Cooper Signs Bill That Repeals Tuition Surcharge PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:30

RALEIGH: Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law:

*     Senate Bill 225: Repeal Tuition Surcharge 

*     House Bill 537: Alternate Highway Use Tax Vehicle Subscriptions 

*     House Bill 934: Right to Try Adult Stem Cell Treatments 

*     Senate Bill 219: Modify Teacher Licensing Requirements 

*     Senate Bill 55: Continuing Education for General Contractors  

*     Senate Bill 483: Vacation Rental Act Changes  

*     Senate Bill 610: Authorize Northern Peaks Trail 

*     Senate Bill 95: Veterans Memorial Funds/ Do Not Revert 

*     Senate Bill 556: GSC People First Language 2019  

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:31
Senate Passes Loan Program For Rural Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:24

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill that will provide low-interest, state-funded loans to financially struggling rural hospitals, allowing them to transition to a more sustainable model that will preserve services in these communities for the long term.

The Rural Health Care Stabilization Act sponsored by Senate Leader Phil Berger (R- Rockingham) and Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) creates a loan fund for oversized and outdated rural hospitals that are struggling financially to transition to a “right-sized” facility on favorable loan terms. The bill allows for structured repayment terms over a seven year period to give hospitals a sufficient amount of time to successfully transition.

“Many of our rural hospitals were built in a different era, for a different population and payer mix,” said Berger. “This bill will provide them a tool to move to facilities that are more appropriately sized for their current population and scope of services, to return them to profitability and ensure that residents in our rural communities are still able to receive high quality health care close to home.”

Financially distressed hospitals in Tier I and II counties will be eligible to receive a loan upon submission of a detailed plan for “right-sizing” their facility to UNC Health Care. UNC Health Care will review the plan to determine whether it is a financially sustainable plan for the community where the hospital is located and make a recommendation to the Local Government Commission (LGC). The LGC will then review the applicant’s plan as well as the recommendation from UNC Health Care and make a final determination on whether to approve the loan.

“Keeping our rural hospitals strong for future generations is vitally important to our rural communities and their economic health,” said Tillman. “This legislation is a much needed lifeline for struggling rural hospitals like Randolph Health and ensures these hospitals will continue delivering outstanding care to their communities.”



Cooper Signs "Death By Distribution" Bill That Goes After Drug Dealers PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:29

Governor Roy Cooper signed into law "Death by Distribution" (H474).

Representative Dean Arp, a primary sponsor, said, "This new law will ensure that anyone who is working against us by selling opioids and lethal drugs that kill vulnerable people will be held accountable for their actions."

Representative Arp thanks Governor Cooper for signing this bill into law and giving sheriffs, police, and district attorneys across the state another tool to fight against the opioid overdose epidemic.

"We must do everything we can to stop the people who prey on human weakness for profit. This law does not criminalize addiction. We must continue to treat people with addiction, which is the softer, human side of fighting the opioid and drug overdose epidemic. But, for those people who peddle poison for profit and kill kids, the handle of justice cannot be soft," Arp said. 

This bill's primary co-sponsors are Representatives Destin Hall, Carson Smith, and John Faircloth and Senators Harry Brown and Dan Bishop.

Arp thanks the Conference of District Attorneys, the North Carolina Sheriff's Association, and the North Carolina Police Chief Association who were instrumental in this bill's passage. Police Chief William Hollingsed, District Attorneys Trey Robison-Union, Ben David-New Hanover, Pender, Ernie Lee-Onslow, Ashley Welch-Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain, Haywood, Jackson, Seth Banks- Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancy,Jonathan David-Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and Bob McBride truly made this law possible.


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