Author Archives: Michelle

June Legislative Update

The month of May had times of both rapid movement and unnerving calmness. We started the month with marathon days at the North Carolina General Assembly with the approaching crossover deadline of May 9th. Rep. George Cleveland and his allies tried to move HB 135, a sweeping anti-immigrant bill, quickly through two committees in the […]

May Legislative Update

HB 135, the bill that would prohibit community ID’s; remove funding from sanctuary cities/counties; punish UNC institutions that don’t cooperate with ICE; force NC Department of Public Safety to collaborate with ICE; and require e-verify for school contracts moved fairly quickly. It skipped two committees and went straight to Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the […]

April Legislative Update

The controversial social fights, including HB370, at the North Carolina General Assembly have officially begun, and this week two of those fights played out in House committee meetings. Because of this, many groups were at the General Assembly advocating for their priorities, making it clear that the legislative session is only speeding up. While many […]

March Legislative Update

After a few weeks of little action at the General Assembly since it gaveled in the session in early January, the pace began to pick up in late February/early March. All Appropriations met for initial budget overviews, and to help new members comprehend the budget process. Committees laid out a scheduled plan for the budget, […]

February Legislative Update

The General Assembly began it’s 2019-2020 session in January and the underlying tone of this legislative session will center around whether the Republican leadership in the General Assembly will be willing to work with Governor Cooper and the Democrats in the legislature, as well as whether the Governor and his caucus will be willing to […]

January Legislative Update

When the General Assembly scheduled a November 27 legislative session back in the summer, it was supposed to be a week-long session in order to pass enabling legislation based on the constitutional amendments approved by voters in November.  There were also concerns by El Pueblo and other organizations that the General Assembly was planning to […]

December Legislative Update

He was no where to be found on the ballot, but the big winner once mid- term election results were tabulated was Governor Roy Cooper, the first term Democrat who is two years into a four year term. Governor Cooper has openly criticized the General Assembly’s Republican supermajority that overrode 20 of 25 vetoes over the last biennium. Needing to […]

November Legislative Update

The General Assembly came in to session in October and appropriated $400 million in hurricane relief money for communities in need of immediate care, mainly in southeastern North Carolina.  The General Assembly is scheduled to return to Raleigh on November 27 to appropriate another $450 million on other recovery projects. The needs taken care of […]

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