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Caldwell JUNE 17, ISSUE #3
Dear Friends, As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the 2011 session has been one of the shortest long sessions in North Carolina history. We have saved taxpayer dollars not only by adjourning early, but also by balancing the budget without raising your taxes. When I took office we were facing a 2.5 billion dollar deficit, which made this a challenging undertaking.
Anna Haas, Ryan Brantolino, and Lisa Deal Of Caldwell County 4-H Club
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In this last week of session, many important bills were passed in the Senate that I am proud to mention. HB 200: On Wednesday both the House and Senate voted to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the bipartisan budget, the final step before the state spending plan becomes law. Final passage of this budget signals a new, more responsible era in North Carolina state government. One in which government spends your tax dollars more wisely, fuels job creation in the private sector, and refuses to settle for the old tax and spend business as usual approach. At this historic time, the will of the voters and the representatives you elected prevailed over the governor’s desperate attempts to defend the status quo.
HB 854: On Wednesday night, I presented to the Senate an important bill called “A Woman’s Right to Know.” This legislation is the ultimate “pro-choice” legislation, because it would protect a woman’s right to know the medical risks associated with an abortion, its alternatives, and provides non-judgmental, scientifically accurate medical facts about the development of her unborn child before making this permanent and life-affecting decision. It also requires that she be able to view an ultrasound of her child if she chooses. North Carolina is currently one of only two southern states without a Woman’s Right to Know law. (Tennessee) There are approximately 30,000 abortions performed in our state every year. A Woman’s Right to Know law can reduce that number dramatically, by as much as 10 percent or more each year. The bill will make sure that people have full information to make the decision that is best for them to live with for their entire life.
PATERNAL PAYBACK ON FATHER’S DAY On the day I received my learner’s permit, my father agreed to take me out for a driving lesson. With a big grin, he hopped in behind the driver’s seat. “Why aren’t you sitting up front on the passenger’s side?” I asked. “Kirsten, I’ve been waiting for this ever since you were a little girl,” Dad replied. “Now it’s my turn to sit back here and kick the seat!”
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HB 351: Also Wednesday night, the Senate passed a common-sense bill that requires North Carolinians to show photo ID when they vote. This bill will restore confidence in our government, increase participation at the polls and protect the right to vote for all North Carolina citizens. Voter fraud is a serious issue, and every North Carolinian has the right to cast a legitimate ballot, free from corruption and intimidation. We are now the 35th state that requires some form of identification to be shown when you go to the polls. Over the past several months, I have discussed many pieces of legislation we as a collective body have passed to make North Carolina a better place to live and work. I would now like to share with you a few bills that I have personally worked tirelessly on for the state and our district: HB 289: “Choose Life” and Other Special Plates: passed both the House and Senate and will allow North Carolinians to purchase the Choose Life license plate with proceeds going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship. There are still a few technicalities that have to be worked out between the two chambers before you can purchase this or any other new plate. SB 397: Expunge Nonviolent Offenses by Minor: passed both the House and Senate and will be presented to the governor. It allows a youthful offender’s criminal records be expunged if they have a clean record for four years, obtains a GED, and performs 100 hours of community service. SB 493: NC Century Farms Program: This bill permanently establishes the Century Farms Program to recognize NC family farms that have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years. This bill has been sent to the Governor to be signed into law. SB 315: Roadside Campaign Signs: This bill passed the House and Senate this week and should be sent to the Governor next week for her signature. It places reasonable restrictions on the time, place and manner by which roadside campaign signs can be placed and removed.
The History of Father’s Day Father's Day, in the United States, is a holiday (third Sunday in June) to honor fathers. Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother's Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd's father. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially proclaimed it a national holiday. Observance on the third Sunday of June was decreed by law in 1972. Although it was originally largely a religious holiday, Father's Day has been commercialized with the sending of greeting cards and the giving of gifts. Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to indicate that one's father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased. Other males—for example, grandfathers or uncles who have assumed parenting roles—are often also honored on the day. Some Roman Catholics have continued to observe the feast day of Saint Joseph, on March 19, as a tribute to fathers.
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Inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
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These are just a few of the bills that I have had the privilege to sponsor and work on this session. We are now adjourned until July 11th when we will meet for a week to take up redistricting our state election maps. In the fall we will reconvene for another week to consider constitutional amendments to be placed on the 2012 ballot. As the session ends this week, I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and prayers as I ventured on this new and exciting journey as a legislator. I have gained a new insight and respect for the legislative process in North Carolina and have been privileged to serve all of you in District 44 these past several months. Please feel free to contact my offices either in Lenoir or in Raleigh, as my staff will be available to take your questions and listen to your concerns. The legislative process does not work without your ideas and input (whether positive affirmation or constructive criticism) and I appreciate hearing from all of you. This will be the last newsletter of the session until we meet in July. I hope everyone has a safe and restful Father’s Day weekend.
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Reflections on Service “With a firm reliance on the protection of Almighty God, I shall forthwith commence the duties of the high trust to which you have called me”. - James Monroe
“I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and defend it against all enemies”. - William Tyler Page “And by the blessing of God may that country itself become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty, upon which the world may gaze with admiration, forever”. - Daniel Webster “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” - Ronald Reagan “As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God”. - Franklin D. Roosevelt “Service is the supreme commitment of life”. - Warren G. Harding
Happy Birthday United States Army When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised. In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to assume authority for the New England army. Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops on June 14, although there is no written record of this decision. Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston, and those at New York City. Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia.