This week has been extremely busy with the crossover deadline Thursday, May 16. This deadline is self-imposed on the General Assembly with the goal of ensuring that their legislative sessions end as quickly as possible. Also, I would like to remind everyone that the Legislative budget is expected to be released soon.
This week in Raleigh:
- Bills in this section are not necessarily endorsed by Sen. Jackson.
HB 428 - North Carolina School Bus Safety Act
An act to provide that the punishment for passing a stopped school bus shall include a fine, revocation of the person’s driver license, and disqualification of the person’s commercial driving privileges.
-This bill was passed by the House and is now in the Senate. I look forward to voting for this bill to better protect the children of North Carolina.
SB 703 - Limit Local Regulation of Outdoor Smoking
An act prohibiting local governments and local Community Colleges from regulating outdoor smoking in a manner that is more restrictive that state law.
- This bill is currently in the Senate Committee on State and Local Government.
SB 327 - Clarify Motor Vehicle Licensing Law
An act to clarify the motor vehicle dealers’ and manufactures’ licensing law.
- This bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Transportation.
SB 515 - Jordan Lake Water Quality Act
An act to revise the nutrient management standards applicable to the Jordan Lake Watershed.
- This bill is currently scheduled to be heard by the Senate today, 15 May.
James Sprunt Community College recently received a $100,000 gift from Murphy-Brown for a diesel mechanic school. The money will go towards construction of a planned 12,000 square foot building to house the college’s diesel mechanic program. The college program is designed to fill a gap for employers who cannot find qualified employees for available jobs and to help upgrade the skill sets of the local workforce.
District 10 Spotlight:
This week I would like to recognize Patricia Kelly-Royal. She works for a small non-profit in Warsaw, called the HELP (Help Everyone Live Productively) Center. HELP is designed to aid the elderly in reading information, shopping, and to encouraging the elderly to keep moving. Ms. Royal came to Warsaw from New York and started this program to assist her community. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in their community in some way. I would also like to thank Ms. Royal for her service to her community.
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