Aug 24, 2018
NCGA Week in Review
2018 Second Extra Session
The Legislature returned to Raleigh for a Special Session today at 10 AM.
Legislative leaders called the session to rewrite descriptions of two
constitutional amendment descriptions that were denied by a three-judge
panel earlier in the week.
In order to meet the federal deadline of September 7 the language on the
ballot must be finalized by September 1 by the State Board of Elections
Enforcement. The court will now leave the task of revising the descriptions
to the Legislature. The other four amendments will remain on the ballot.
The House revised and passed
House Bill 3
House Bill 4
(72-34). The bills will now be sent to the Senate for a vote on Monday.
House Committee on Health
The House Committee on Health chaired by Rep. Bert Jones (R-Caswell) met on
Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The meeting consisted of two presentations on
healthcare-related issues that have traditionally been overlooked:
community dental health programs and Lyme disease.
Representatives from Alamance Community College spoke about their Community
Dental Health Coordinator Program. The program prepares individuals to
assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment. The graduates will
be classified as Dental Assistant II. The goal is to deploy graduates
across rural North Carolina in order to address the lack of adequate
healthcare in some areas.
The second presentation by Dr. Bill Rawls discussed the challenges of Lyme
disease in not only North Carolina but across America. Lyme disease is
spread by infected ticks and attacks the nervous system affecting the
The treatment typically has to be paid out of pocket as it is not widely
recognized by insurance companies. The committee is studying best practices
to help North Carolinians affected by the disease gain coverage through
possible legislative action.
Committee to Study Rates and Transfers/Public Enterprises
The Legislative Research Committee to Study Rates and Transfers/Public
enterprises, chaired by Rep. Chuck McGrady (R- Henderson) met Wednesday.
The committee seeks to study utility rates and transfers across the state
of North Carolina.
During this meeting, members heard from the UNC School of Government about
utility regionalization partnerships. The School of Government’s role in
this is to educate and advise local government in best practices. Topics
covered in this meeting included interlocal government agreements,
financing, accountability, and national trends.
Committee members were interested in ensuring that their districts have
access to financially and environmentally friendly water and sewage.