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Old North State Report

May 30, 2024

Old North State Report – May 30, 2024

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS

LEGISLATIVE ACTION POSTPONED THIS WEEK

The week after Memorial Day will be a week of no action due to the passing of Richard "Rick" Moore, the father of House Speaker Tim Moore. The holiday has pushed the legislative session back a day, making it difficult to secure good attendance at committee meetings and floor sessions. This postponement will make next week especially busy as lawmakers enter the final month of the fiscal year.

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NC BUDGET TALKS AT AN IMPASSE

Senate leader Phil Berger said the House wants to spend both the surplus and reserves, but the Senate will not go along with this. Berger cited economic uncertainty and potential healthcare costs as reasons for the delay. House Speaker Tim Moore framed the delay as part of the normal procedure, stating that the updated revenue surplus is $400 million less than anticipated. The state passes a two-year spending plan every two years, and the 2023 budget bill is a spending plan for the upcoming 2024-25 fiscal year. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed additional raises and bonuses, but the House remains focused on pressing issues such as salaries and childcare.

Read more by The Charlotte Observer

MASKING BAN PROPOSAL REJECTED BY HOUSE

North Carolina's House of Representatives rejected a proposal to repeal the law allowing North Carolinians to wear face masks in public for health reasons. The vote was not recorded, and House Speaker Tim Moore said he heard more support for blocking the plan. The bill is now in legislative limbo, with a small group of Republicans likely to meet privately to agree on details.

Read more by WRAL News

HOUSE BILL 681 WOULD GRANT NURSES MORE AUTONOMY

North Carolina lawmakers have attempted to pass a bill that would grant nurse practitioners more independence in their practice. The amended House Bill 681, similar to the SAVE Act, aims to grant full-practice authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who have worked under a physician or qualified nurse practitioner for at least 4,000 hours and have not been disciplined by the Board of Nursing in the past five years. It includes provisions for insurance reimbursement, notification of out-of-network charges, and prohibition of nonhospital healthcare facilities from charging facility fees. The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

Read more by The News & Observer

REPEAL OF AUTOMATIC EXPUNGEMENTS APPROVED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE 

Due to operational concerns, lawmakers had paused a provision of the Second Chance Act which automatically expunged certain “not guilty” or “dismissed” charges from individual’s records. A working group of impacted stakeholders published a report to address those operational concerns in March of 2023. That report became the basis for Senate Bill 565, which was designed to lift the pause and reinstate automatic expunctions. Senate Bill 565 passed the Senate unanimously, but a committee substitute for Senate Bill 565 was passed favorably out of the House Judiciary 2 Committee last week. Rather than lift the pause, the committee substitute would repeal automatic expunction altogether. Although criminal justice advocates and some House Judiciary 2 members opposed the committee substitute, arguing it would create barriers to jobs and housing, the bill passed the committee favorably and was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

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