Senator Gladys A. Robinson Deputy Minority Leader 8.3.2017
2017 - 2018 Session
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Legislative Updates No Special Elections for Redrawn N.C. Districts, Federal Judge Panel Rules Senator Robinson sat in on the Redistricting Hearing in Greensboro last Tuesday. The Judges set a September 1st 5p.m. deadline for state lawmakers to "adopt and enact remedial districting plans" after they had ruled last year that 28 legislative districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The US Supreme Court had affirmed the lower court's findings in June. The September 1 deadline may be extended until September 15, provided the committees from the General Assembly show evidence of progress and public hearings during the redistricting process. The Judges wrote that "constitutionally adequate districts should be enacted as quickly as possible to protect the rights of North Carolina citizens." The plaintiffs had argued the state's plans packed African-Americans in districts already with a high percentage of black voters, thus diluting their presence in neighboring districts. The unanimous order by the three-Judge Panel means the next legislative elections won't occur until November 2018, as regularly scheduled. But the judges did tell Republican lawmakers who control the legislature that they'll have to approve new House and Senate boundaries by this September â€” at least two months earlier than GOP leaders sought. The panel did not explain its reason for refusing to require special elections in the order that was released Monday night, but stated that there will be a forthcoming memorandum opinion with more details. The Senate will adjourn until August 18th. In the meantime, the Redistricting Committee of the Senate and House will convene to draw maps, as required by the Three Judge Panel at its hearing in Greensboro last week. Only the second meeting of the General Assembly Redistricting Committee meets on August 4th to discuss criteria for drawing maps. Potentially a public hearing session will be held in mid August, around the 22 nd or so.
Legislative Updates Governor Cooper Bill Signings Governor Cooper has signed multiple bills passed by the Legislature. Below are some of the significant Senate Bills: Senate Bill 600 (Britny’s Law): An act that allows prosecutors to allege premeditation if there is a history of domestic violence offenses committed against the same person. Senate Bill 82: An Act to Make Various Changes to the Employment Laws Senate Bill 445 Expungement Process Modifications “significantly expanding access to expungements, a process that erases criminal convictions in the eyes of the law. Governor Cooper also signed a proclamation recognizing the expansion of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. Following the passage of Raise the Age legislation earlier this year, nonviolent offenders under the age of 18 are now accommodated in juvenile courts rather than being tried as adults. Senate Bill 344: An Act to Consolidate the Division of Adult Correction and the Division of Juvenile Justice into a Single Division Within the Department of Public Safety, as Recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety and to Exempt the Fabrication of Eyeglasses from Capitated Prepaid Health Plan Contracts Under Medicaid Transformation Senate Bill 468: An Act to Modify the Uses for Qualified Zone Academy Bond Senate Bill 338: Allocates $100 million to disaster relief from Hurricane Matthew, Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine, and the western wildfires of last year.
$25,000,000 is allocated for housing (split between $20,000,000 to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management and $5,000,000 to the Lumber River Council of Government to develop and construct low-income multifamily housing units in the Town of Fair Bluff).
Legislative Updates Disaster Relief Continued
Infrastructure will be allowed $30,000,000 to Golden L.E.A.F., Inc. to provide grants to local governments and 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations. $20,000,000 is allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Soil and Water Conservation for stream debris removal and non-field farm road repairs.
Up to $1,000,000 may be used for drought relief in 20 western counties declared a federal disaster by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. 2,700,000 is allocated to the Community College System to be used to offset the impact on community college enrollment declines related to Hurricane Matthew and $22,300,000 is allocated to the State Emergency Reponses and Disaster Relief Fund to provide the State match for federal disaster assistance programs.
Governor Cooper Has Signed Executive Order 10 to Ensure a Sound Basic Education for All North Carolina Students Gov. Cooper has signed Executive Order 10 to establish the Governor’s Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education to help North Carolina meet its duties under the state constitution as underscored by the landmark rulings in Leandro v. North Carolina and Hoke County Board of Education v. North Carolina. Leandro requires North Carolina to identify specific resources needed to ensure that all children, including those who are at risk or from rural and underserved communities, have an opportunity to receive a sound basic education. The Commission will help North Carolina meet its constitutional duty by assessing North Carolina’s ability to staff schools with competent, well-trained teachers and principals and to meet its commitment to providing adequate resources to public schools. The Commission will include 17 representatives appointed by the Governor from the fields of education, business, local government, law, health care, early childhood development, psychology and counseling, and public safety. Members are expected to be appointed to the Commission in the coming weeks, with a first meeting anticipated this fall.
Governor Vetoes HB 205-"Legal Notices" Bill Cooper spoke out forcefully against the measure that would make Guilford County the guinea pig in a test case for letting local governments post legal notices on their own websites instead of printing them in privately-owned publications that circulate in local jurisdictions. Advocates for the newspaper industry noted that city- and county-government websites attract very few visitors compared with those run by local newspapers. For example, last year, Greensboro's municipal website netted 4.5 million "page views," while the News & Record's site at www.greensboro.com landed more than 32 million such visits.AS REPORTED BY NEWS & RECORD Notably, the Carolina Peacemaker has a significant readership. African Americans and elderly depend on legal notices in the paper. Many elderly do not have access through websites.
Guilford County Updates Greensboro Redistricting Eight plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit over City Council redistricting are requesting that Guilford County pay for legal fees totaling more than $600,000, according to court documents. The 33-page document, filed in District Court, asks the county to foot the bill for "$562,252 in attorney fees, $35,016.64 in expert fees, and $5,040.85 in non-taxable litigation expenses" for eight of the nine plaintiffs. The city of Greensboro, the remaining plaintiff, is not seeking reimbursement from the county. The redistricting lawsuit was filed in July 2015 after the General Assembly passed a bill changing the Greensboro City Council from five districts and three at-large seats to eight newly drawn districts. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Wade also limited the mayor to a vote only in the event of a tie. In April, U.S. Middle District Judge Catherine Eagles found the redistricting unconstitutional and ruled that all future elections would be held with the previous district map, unless a public referendum changed it. As reported by Kate Elizabeth Queram, of GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD.
Photos of the Week
Building Homes for Heroes Gifts Two Homes Senator Robinson is pictured above with Councilwoman Sharon Hightower, Army Staff Sergeant Sharon Clark & family, as well as Army Specialist Carroll Moulden & family. Moulden and his family were celebrated yesterday with a mortgage-free home from Building Homes for Heroes. Sergeant Clarkâ€™s home, also located in Greensboro, was gifted as the 100th home from Building Homes for Heroes, just a few months prior.
Greensboro Hosts The Opening Ceremony for the 8th Yong In Presidential Cup Senator Robinson is pictured above giving the opening remarks at an international tae kwon do competition. The Yong In Presidential Cup is an international tae kwon do competition held every other year in the United States. It is hosted by the U.S. Yong In Alumni Association and is one of the largest international competitions in the U.S.
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