Aug 18, 2017
NCGA Week in Review
This week, the Governor took action on the four bills that were passed by
the General Assembly when they held a one day session earlier this month,
signing two into law and vetoing the other two. The legislature comes back
to Raleigh today and will work next week to meet the September 1 court
ordered redistricting deadline. Additionally, members of the legislature
and the Governor have been discussing the discharge of the unregulated
chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River and the appropriate course of action
to remedy the situation.
From the Governor’s Desk
Gov. Cooper took action on the following bills this week:
Signed into Law
SB 407: Employee Misclassification/ IC Changes
SB 628: Various Changes to the Revenue Laws
HB 770: Various Clarifying Changes, which Gov. Cooper
to due to two provisions: one that would allow a specific state employee to
serve in a paid commission role while taking vacation pay from a state job,
and a provision that reduces the number of gubernatorial appointments to
the Medical Board.
SB 16: Regulatory Reform Act of 2017, which Gov. Cooper
makes dangerous rollbacks to regulations protecting water quality.
Both HB 770 and SB 16 are eligible for reconsideration by the General
Assembly during next week’s session.
To read more about these pieces of legislation, follow this
What’s Coming Up in NC Politics?
The Joint Select Redistricting Committee will meet next Tuesday for a
public hearing where the committee will have the opportunity to receive
feedback from constituents at the General Assembly and seven remote sites
across the state. Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), chair of the House Select
Committee on Redistricting, stated that he expects the maps to be released
by Sunday, with the Redistricting Committee voting on them next Thursday,
followed by votes on the House floor next Friday and the following Monday.
Once the House votes on the new maps, the Senate will vote on them. Per
court order, new maps must be passed by September 1.
What about GenX?
Throughout the summer, Chemours, a chemical manufacturing company with a
plant on the Cape Fear River has been releasing GenX, a chemical compound
that is used to make items like Teflon, into the river. GenX is not
regulated by the federal government and is a fairly recent chemical
innovation, the health impacts of human exposure to the chemical remain
Last month, Gov. Cooper urged the federal Environmental Protection Agency
to set limits for the contaminant in a
and more recently
for action at the state level to address contamination, including
additional appropriations to study and monitor GenX. In response to the
Governor’s call-to-action, seven senators sent a
to the Governor in which they requested him to answer a number of questions
by August 14; the letter went unanswered. This week, House and Senate
leadership have stated their intentions to hold hearings.
Dan Barrett Appointed to NC Senate District 34
Republican leaders in Davie, Iredell and Rowan counties have selected Dan
Barrett, an attorney and Davie County Commissioner, to fill the unexpired
term of former Sen. Andrew Brock, who resigned at the end of June to accept
a legislative appointment to the state’s Board of Review.