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Governor Cooper Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 September 2021 15:33
Governor Roy Cooper signed three criminal justice reform bills into law: House Bill 436: Support Law Enforcement Mental Health, House Bill 536: Law Enforcement Duty to Intervene and Senate Bill 300: Criminal Justice Reform. These bills align with recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC).
 
“We have seen that the criminal justice system doesn’t always treat everyone the same – and too often the differences are disproportionately felt by people of color,” said Governor Cooper. “This legislation will take us one step further toward a more equitable and just North Carolina for all.”
 
The Governor was joined by TREC Co-Chair Attorney General Josh Stein, along with Senators Toby Fitch and Mujtaba Mohammed and bill sponsor Representative John Szoka. TREC members, law enforcement and advocates for criminal justice reform were also in attendance. Senator Danny Britt who also sponsored the bill was not able to be in attendance.
 
House Bill 436 will require psychological screening examination for law enforcement officers prior to employment, educate officers on maintaining good mental health and make officers statewide aware of mental health resources. House Bill 536 creates a duty for law enforcement officers to intervene and report excessive use of force by a fellow law enforcement officer and requires that the National Decertification Index be searched as part of officer certification.
 
Senate Bill 300 makes important changes to improve policing and criminal justice in North Carolina, as recommended by TREC, including:
 
Promotes recruitment of officers with diverse backgrounds and experiences and improves training so that officers are better equipped to be successful
Requires early intervention mechanisms to identify and correct officers who use excessive force or other misconduct
Furthers independent investigations of police-involved shootings
Limits local laws that criminalize poverty
Requires a first appearance in court within 72 hours of a person being arrested.

 

The Governor also signed the following bills:

 

Senate Bill 421: CC/In-State Tuition & Board Elections
House Bill 650: Omnibus DMV Bill
House Bill 95: Wholesale Rx Distribution Licensee Change
 
 
Governor Vetoes Pistol Purchase Bill; Signs 11 Bills Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:27
 Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:
 
* House Bill 415: Update Chiropractic Laws 
* House Bill 489: 2021 Building Code and Dev. Reg. Reform
* Senate Bill 316: Gen. Contractors/Plumbing/Electr. Exempt
* Senate Bill 314: Local Gov. Commission Assistance Toolkit 
* Senate Bill 207: Various Raise the Age Changes/JJAC Recs 
* Senate Bill 159: State Health Plan Administrative Changes. 
* Senate Bill 379: Issuance of Unregisterable Cert. of Title   
* Senate Bill 570: Hold Harmless Star Ratings/ERS Assess. 
* House Bill 692: Restrict Certain Vehicle Modifications 
* Senate Bill 462: CON/Threshold Amds. & Certificate Expirations   
* Senate Bill 654: K-12 COVID-19 Provisions 

 

Governor Cooper also vetoed the following bills: 
 
* House Bill 352: Hotel Safety Issues  
* House Bill 398: Pistol Purchase Permit Repeal 

 

Governor Cooper made the following statement on HB 352: 
"This legislation is not the right way to ensure safety in hotels. It removes legal protections and allows unnecessary harm to vulnerable people, including families with children, who have turned to hotels and motels for housing in a time of need."
 
Governor Cooper made the following statement on HB 398:
“Gun permit laws reduce gun homicides and suicides and reduce the availability of guns for criminal activity. At a time of rising gun violence, we cannot afford to repeal a system that works to save lives. The legislature should focus on combating gun violence instead of making it easier for guns to end up in the wrong hands.”
 
 
 
Office For Historically Underutilized Businesses Launch Small Business Enterprise Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:22

The NC Department of Administration’s Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses launched the statewide Small Business Enterprise Program (NCSBE) to aid North Carolina’s minority-owned businesses post-pandemic.

“The pandemic is shining a bright light on long-standing issues that communities of color face, including economic challenges,” said Governor Cooper. “We want our historically underutilized businesses to have the guidance they need to recover from the pandemic, and this program will help provide these resources.”

The initiative was created to encourage continued growth and development of historically underutilized businesses and disadvantaged business enterprise firms across the state.

“The Small Business Enterprise Program is just one of the many initiatives established by the NC Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses to aid entrepreneurs, particularly those operating small and micro-small businesses, as they recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “One way in which the program seeks to improve the current state of businesses is by offering guidance on access to capital and business development.”

The NCSBE program provides businesses with access to various contract opportunities, including state contracts, offering a platform to compete competitively against like-businesses within their respective industries and markets. The program also provides guidance on business development including marketing and financial strategies.

“I am excited about the Small Business Enterprise Program as it will continue our efforts to move North Carolina small businesses to post-pandemic recovery,” said NC HUB Office Director Tammie Hall. “We are accepting applications now, and I encourage eligible businesses who are interested to apply.”

The NCSBE program mirrors the NC Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Small Business Enterprise Program. NCDOT’s program provides small businesses with opportunities to earn road construction and maintenance contracts.

To participate in the NCSBE program, businesses must meet specific eligibility requirements and complete an online application form, which is available on the NC HUB website .The application is open to both HUB certified and non-HUB certified firms.

All NCSBE program participants must:

*             Be an independent for-profit business headquartered in the state of North Carolina

*             Be a business with up to 100 employees (including but not limited to, sole proprietorships, home based businesses, and independent contractors)

*             Not have annual revenues exceeding $1,500,000

To learn more about the NCSBE Program, visit the NC HUB Office website for details.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:32
 
Governor Cooper Signs 7 Bills But Vetoes Charter School Bill PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 09:57
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:

 

House Bill 78: Various Education Changes

House Bill 461: State Auditor Clarifying Amendments
House Bill 273: Modify Builders Inventory Tax Exclusion
Senate Bill 299: NCDOI NAIC Accreditation.-AB
House Bill 84: Sex Offender Premises Restrictions
House Bill 481: Firearm Disposal/UNC Campus Police
House Bill 366: Regulatory Reform Act of 2021

 

Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 729: Charter School Omnibus. Governor Cooper made the following statement on HB 729:

"The State Board of Education is constitutionally and statutorily charged with administering children’s education in state public schools, including charter schools. It is critical that the Board have both of their appointments to the Charter School Advisory Board to carry out its constitutional duties."
 
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