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Bill Prohibiting Teaching Racial Or Gender Superiority Heads To Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 September 2021 16:15
The Ensuring Dignity/ Nondiscrimination in Public Schools" received final approval in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill would prohibit public school units from officially promoting certain concepts that are contrary to the equality and rights of all persons, including critical race theory. 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, "Our schools should be a place where our children are educated and inspired. However, some have hijacked our classrooms to instill their own hateful, anti-American values in our students, while any opposing viewpoints to this theory from students or other teachers are met with rebuke, even bullying." 
He continued, "Our schools should be safe havens of free thought and expression rather than camps for radical indoctrination. Using our classrooms to promote the lie that our children are inherently racist does more to divide than unite. This has no place in North Carolina schools." 
According to a recent survey, just 33 percent of voters agreed with the statement that “white Americans are inherently racist whether they know it or not because they benefit from the American culture of systematic racism and white privilege,” a framing no proponent of critical race theory would accept. 
Lt. Governor Mark Robinson extended his support for HB 324, saying, "North Carolina needs to take the lead in protecting our children from anti-American indoctrination. While we should know and understand the history of our country, we need to teach the next generation what lessons we learned from our past, how far we have come as a nation." 
He continued, "The F.A.C.T.S. Task Force and the Indoctrination in North Carolina Public Education Report produced by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor sheds light on a problem affecting public education in our state. It is time we return to teaching our children how to think, and not what to think." 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2021 16:19
Governor Cooper Signs "Expedite Child Safety And Permanency” Bill Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 September 2021 16:00
Senator Steve Jarvis (R-Davidson, Montgomery) introduced the Expedite Child Safety and Permanency bill Govenor Cooper has signed onto law.
Senator Jarvis said: “Thank you, Governor Cooper for signing Senate Bill 693. This bill will help give a voice to the forgotten foster children in our state. I began working on this bill when I entered the House in 2018 and am grateful for the results of this bipartisan effort. It is critical that all foster children are placed in a safe and stable environment and I look forward to the work ahead improving the foster care system.”
Governor Cooper said: “This legislation takes important steps to help protect children from abuse and neglect and to help them grow up successfully in a safe environment.” Senate Bill 693 helps cut red tape so children can reunite with their families. It also allows judges to waive further review hearings if parents complete court-ordered services and the child is living in a safe home. Among other things, the law also instructs the NC DHHS to study establishing a statewide hotline for reporting child abuse. 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2021 16:04
Cooper Vetoes Donor Privacy Protection Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 September 2021 15:54

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill:

Governor Cooper shared the following statement on SB 636:

"This legislation is unnecessary and may limit transparency with political contributions."


Court Of Appeals Sidelines Decision Granting Voting Rights To Felons On Parole and Probation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 September 2021 15:47
The North Carolina Court of Appeals blocked a lower court ruling in a felon voter rights case, granting a petition for a writ of supersedeas and staying the expanded injunction pending appeal. 
This decision comes after legislative leaders asked Attorney General Josh Stein to immediately appeal the lower court's verbal order. When Stein refused to act, legislative leaders fired Stein and hired outside counsel. 

Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) said, "The decision to block the lower court's ruling affirms that judges can't just replace laws they don't like with new ones. It also shows how false Attorney General Josh Stein's purported reason was for refusing to defend the legislature in this case."

The North Carolina Constitution stipulates that felons cannot ever vote unless the legislature adopts a law to re-enfranchise them. In 1973, Democrats in the legislature passed such a law outlining when and how felons can regain the right to vote.

More than a year ago, a group filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn that 1973 law. The suit was dormant for most of the year, until last month a court decided to fast-track the case. The trial ended two weeks ago and the court verbally issued its decision, but declined to release a written opinion.

The verbal 2-1 decision effectively puts in place a new law, created by judges, governing felon voting rights to replace the law passed in 1973.

After the lower court's ruling, Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) said, "This law, passed by a Democrat-led legislature 50 years ago, provides a path for felons to regain voting rights. If a judge prefers a different path to regaining those rights, then he or she should run for the General Assembly and propose that path. Judges aren’t supposed to be oligarchs who issue whatever decrees they think best."

After the lower court's ruling, legislative leaders asked their lawyer, Attorney General Josh Stein, to immediately appeal the determination. Stein refused, citing an odd technicality that his office claimed forbade him from appealing a judge's ruling without a written opinion.

Legislative leaders fired Stein for refusing to perform his duties

The legislature then engaged a new firm for new representation. The new firm filed a stay pending appeal of the court's ruling almost immediately. That request was granted today by the Court of Appeals.

The decision means that the lower court's ruling is blocked while a full appeal of that ruling proceeds.

Sam Hayes, General Counsel for House Speaker Tim Moore said, "We are pleased with the Order upholding the rule of law, which was issued today by the North Carolina Court of Appeals." 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2021 15:53

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