NC House Rule Changes

Following is an explanation by Gerry Cohen, bill drafting director of the General Assembly about the new rules.

The press release from Speaker Hackney’s office follows that.

EXPLANATION OF HOUSE PERMANENT RULES
House Resolution 423

The House Permanent Rules filed today make a number of changes from the temporary rules, outlined below:

Rule 1 — By leave of the house (majority vote), session may continue beyond the evening adjournment deadlines.

Rule 14 — The motion to recess is moved higher in priority, to fall between the motion to adjourn and the motion to table.

Rule 16 — Conforming change to Rule 14, and also changed to allow a motion to reconsider and lay upon the table (clincher motion) to be made as one motion, reversing change made in 1999.

Rule 19 — Restores statement of previous question to pre 1999 rules. Makes conforming change to Rule 14.

Rule 24.1A  Makes conforming change to excuse from voting to reflect provision of State Government Ethics Act.

Rule 26  Requires Speaker to consult with minority leader before appointing committees and to consider members preferences. Sets March 30 deadline for adding members to permanent committees and permanent subcommittees except in case of vacancies. Similar change for select committees.  Eliminates “floaters”. Eliminates reference to House Resolution 1 of 2005 Regular Session.

Rule 34 requires all primary sponsors and cosponsors listed on draft to sign bill jacket prior to filing of bill (adopts Senate practice).

Rule 36(b) Requires leave of House (majority vote) for Rules chair to calendar bill the same day it is reported.

Rule 36.1 Clarifies that when proper request for fiscal note is made, bill is removed from calendar until fiscal note is provided.

Rule 36.4 Adopts new rule preventing provisions from being added to main budget bill unless they either pertain to appropriations or raising or reducing revenue.

Rule 43. Makes unconstitutional amendments out of order. Establishes rules in committee and on the floor for amendments to main budget bill.

2/28/2007

Press release from the Speaker’s office:

HOUSE SPEAKER JOE HACKNEY ANNOUNCES HOUSE RULES

FOR THE 2007-08 SESSION

RALEIGH — N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, today announced the permanent House rules, which once approved by legislators in the coming days, will ensure a more open and democratic process in the House during the 2007-08 session.   The new rules package, House Resolution 423, was drafted by the Speaker in consultation with House Rules Committee Chairman Bill Owens, D-Pasquotank, Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, Minority Leader Skip Stam, R-Wake, and members of the Democratic and Republican caucuses, as well as various advocacy groups.

“As Speaker, I want to ensure greater debate, openness and transparency in the way we do business in the House of Representatives,” said Speaker Hackney.  “The rules that will govern the House during the next two years will allow us to accomplish our legislative goals regarding education, health care, our economy and other important issues while also strengthening the trust and confidence of the people of North Carolina, which must be our top priority each and every day.”

The 2007-08 House permanent rules address the following issues:

No special provisions will be added to the budget bill unless they pertain to appropriations or the raising or reducing of revenue.  The House abided by this rule during last year’s session, but it will now be a permanent part of the House rules.
No same day consideration of legislation without a vote of the House, which will allow ample time for the study of legislation before a vote.
No “floaters” or members who serve on all committees.  The position of a “floater” was first included in the House rules in 1995.
Required consultation with the Minority Leader regarding committee assignments.  Speaker Hackney collected and considered the committee preferences of all House members and consulted with Minority Leader Stam during the opening weeks of session prior to announcing committee assignments.
March 30th deadline for adding new members to permanent committees and subcommittees, except in cases of vacancies.
No “blank bills.” All legislation introduced in the House must contain substantive provisions.  The Senate rules allow each Senator to introduce three so-called blank bills per session.

“On opening day, I said that we must carefully think about the mechanics of our tasks – how our committees will work, how we will ensure and preserve candid and full debate, and how we will protect the rights of the minority,” said Speaker Hackney.  “I’ve given a lot of thought and consideration to these issues, and I believe that these new rules clearly set out how the House should operate.  These new reforms, partnered with the ethics, lobbying and campaign finance reforms passed during last year’s session, will be another step in the right direction, which we will continue improving upon all year long.”

The House Rules Committee will meet 15 minutes after the conclusion of session on Thursday to consider House Resolution 423.

Attached is a more in-depth explanation of the new House permanent rules, which was written by Gerry Cohen, bill drafting director for the General Assembly.  The entire rules package may be viewed at http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=h423 or by searching for House Resolution 423 on the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.net.

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Rules announcement

Press conference this morning on the new House rules.
From the Speaker’s office:

HOUSE SPEAKER JOE HACKNEY TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON WED., FEB. 28 AT 10:30 AM

RALEIGH — N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney will hold a press conference today, Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the House rules package for the 2007-08 session. The press conference will be held in the Legislative Building press conference room at 16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh.

Media unable to attend the press conference may listen to the live audio via the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.net. Once on the site, select “Audio” in the navigation bar, and then select “Press Conference Room.”

Shuler honors socialist poet

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Last fall, a botanist friend of mine returned from a survey of Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s Flat Rock farm, and reported the grounds and surrounding area a rich habitat and well worth conserving.
The historic value of the place to the people of North Carolina and to the preservation of Sandburg’s legacy has long been known.

Last week, Heath Shuler took some pride in announcing on his blog that his first bill aims to add to the grounds and enhance the stature and support of Connemara in the U.S. parks system. His bill, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Boundary Revision Act of 2007, would allow through purchase and donation the acquisition of another 115 acres in the area and pay for the building of a visitor center.
From Shuler’s Cit-Times blog wherein the congressman uses the term viewshed:

The bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire up to 115 acres of land contiguous to the current Sandburg Home Historic Site to protect viewsheds and make sure that site maintains its integrity and retains the qualities that make it so special.

The Home, the land it sits on, and the literary works it represents are a significant part of our heritage in Western North Carolina. I am glad that my first piece of legislation in Congress works to honor and protect that heritage. I personally can remember visiting the Sandburg Home when I was in school and the feelings of wonder and awe it inspired. I want to make sure future generations of students and visitors can share those same feelings of peace and wonder.

Some Sandburg resources:
Galesburg site;
Chicago Poems (annoying audio ads)
Bio

Also of note: Filmaker Paul Bonesteel has been blogging his efforts to make a film about Sandburg.

From Sandburg’s War Poems:

MURMURINGS IN A FIELD HOSPITAL
[They picked him up in the grass where he had lain two
days in the rain with a piece of shrapnel in his lungs.]

COME to me only with playthings now. . .
A picture of a singing woman with blue eyes
Standing at a fence of hollyhocks, poppies and sunflowers. . .
Or an old man I remember sitting with children telling stories
Of days that never happened anywhere in the world. . .No more iron cold and real to handle,
Shaped for a drive straight ahead.
Bring me only beautiful useless things.
Only old home things touched at sunset in the quiet. . .
And at the window one day in summer
Yellow of the new crock of butter
Stood against the red of new climbing roses. . .
And the world was all playthings.

Worst president ever?

Feels a little odd to be taking my cues from USA Today (via Atrios at least), but for his Presidents Day editorial/blog post Big Al says he was wrong to criticize Hillary Clinton for calling Bush among the worst and he now put the prez worst ever list:

I was wrong. This is my mea culpa. Not only has Bush cracked that list, but he is planted firmly at the top.

The responses to the edit/post are interesting, too–especially the one about this just being Bush’s third quarter and needing to play out the rest of the two years before the place-in-history thing can be assessed. OK, I’ll run with that. How about early in the fourth quarter, he’s down 60-6 and he keeps giving the ball to Crazy Legs Cheney?
Al also mentions Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon as his top worst prior to the new Bush worsening of the office.
Any thoughts on your top five rotten execs?

Science and politics redux

A weird moment this morning when I was reading this post from Josh Marshall about another warped science=politics moment. This one involving a state Rep from Georgia, a theory that evolution is a Jewish conspiracy and one of my old high school teachers (the one who taught the Americanism vs. Communism course not the creationist biology teacher).

I went back to the Dent archives and dug up this post I wrote in Feb. 2006 about Evolution Sunday and high school weirdness.

Original Post from the now departed Dent blog:

This Sunday, in honor of Charles Darwin’s 187th birthday, the message from pulpits across the country will be that God and science can co-exist. Pope says so, too.
A few people think different as outlined in this great L.A. Times story. This guy sure can work up a crowd of elementary school kids.
I’ve had a few encounters with this kind of stuff myself. The only thing it shook my faith in was the sanity of people who don’t know their dogma from their karma.
(Cue the mysterious music, I feel a story coming on.)
When my family moved to Florida in the mid-1970s and I started high school, I remember a couple of times when the absurdity of it all was thick and, well, just plain weird.
The first was when the teacher in my state-required Comparative Political Systems class (The name of the course had been changed the year before from “Americanism Vs. Communism“, but the textbook was the same.) took some time out to talk about his conversion from socialism to Christ and to hawk his book on God and evolution. Point being that evolution, like communism was a threat.
The guy is now a rather notorius member of the anti-science Christian fringe. His latest crusade: Copernicus was wrong. Weird stuff.
The second was when my 9th grade biology teacher (same school) announced that we would study creation theory for a couple of class periods. Anyone who didn’t want to learn about it was excused to go to the library. The way he put it, though, it didn’t seem like a good idea to leave. Only the kid who spent most of his time sleeping in the corner got up and left.
What followed, in part, was a rather amazing lecture explaining that the firmament mentioned in Genesis was actually a great band of water in space that surrounded the earth and shielded us from cosmic rays. That, my teacher explained, was why folks pre-Noah typically lived for a thousand years and why we don’t.
The great flood, we were told was the heavenly-ordered descent of the firmament (to drown the sinners, of course).
I am not making this up. I learned it in biology class in Lakeland, Florida in the latter half of the 20th Century. So did a few thousand other kids. Go Dreadnaughts!
A few days latter, we went back to cutting up frogs and fetal pigs.
In a way I could not have received a better series of lessons including:
-Remain skeptical;
-Check things out on your own;
-Some people are just plain freaky.

Here’s an earlier Dent post on the Dover I.D. ruling–a riveting read. Really.

Black Thursday

A lot will be said and written today about Jim Black and our turn-of-the-century corruption scandal.

I’ll start throwing links into this post as things turn up.
From the Char-O reaction story:

“It’s a sad day for Mecklenburg. He has been a major contributor, but if he’s guilty of a crime he’s got to pay for it. I don’t think his motivation was avarice or self-aggrandizement. In his view he was doing what’s good for Mecklenburg. But what he did was wrong and he’s got to pay for it.” PAT COTHAM, Chair of Charlotte’s Uptown Democratic Forum

Jerry Meek in the N&O

“It’s unfortunate that this is the ending that comes to a man who has spent so much of his career serving the people of North Carolina,” N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek said Tuesday night.

Here’s Bob Hall’s statement released this morning:

Statement from Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina

The image of “strings attached” runs through the sad and not-yet-finished story of House Speaker Jim Black’s fall from power. Investigators at the State Board of Elections began pulling on a string connected to one group of Black’s political donors soon after Democracy North Carolina filed a complaint in June 2004 about the illegal donations to his campaign from
video-poker operators. That string led investigators to a host of other problems. Meanwhile, another ball of string connected to gambling, namely the proposed state lottery, began unraveling and revealing attachments between Speaker Black and other problem areas, including what eventually emerged as illegal lobbying and fraud.

Federal and state investigators following the strings kept finding new tangles and entanglements. It was only a matter of time before a clearly illegal quid-pro-quo attachment sealed the fate of House Speaker Jim Black.
This story is not over, however. We would hope that Black assists investigators in punishing the money suppliers involved in illegal activities. Corruption cuts at the heart of our fundamental system of self-government, which relies on open debate and honest representation of the people for the public good. Corruption is a crime against the people, against democracy itself. It should be rooted out and defeated.

Unfortunately, the danger today is more than one person committing a crime. Jim Black illustrates that even well intentioned, conscientious public servants can get caught up in a system that leads people to make bad choices. In search of money to stay in power, they follow the wrong strings
and become entangled in attachments that eventually smother them. As the state has become more competitive and campaign costs have risen, the demand for political donations has soared.

More than four times as much money moved through the 2006 state legislative campaigns as did just a dozen years ago. And too much of that money comes with strings attached. The money chase in North Carolina today clearly threatens the integrity of fair elections, free from corrupting influences.
That’s why Democracy North Carolina and a host of others recommend providing candidates with a new supply of clean money, attached only to the voters’interests and conditioned on the candidates satisfying certain public-trust condition. There is no complete solution, but without tackling the root cause of corruption, we can expect to see another politician endure the same fate as Jim Black – and Meg Scott Phipps – in the not too distant future.
And we the people suffer the consequences.

The House organizes

This evening via Speaker Hackney’s office:

SPEAKER JOE HACKNEY ANNOUNCES HOUSE COMMITTEES FOR 2007-08 SESSION

RALEIGH — N.C. House Speaker Joe Hackney today announced the House committees, which will meet during the 2007-08 session. After many discussions with members of the House Democratic and Republican caucuses and careful consideration of their requests and suggestions, Speaker Hackney decided to create four new committees and restructure several others that have met in previous years.

The House of Representatives will now have committees that will focus on agribusiness and agricultural economy, energy and energy efficiency, juvenile justice and mental health reform. Several committees will also focus on slightly different issues or have expanded responsibilities than in previous years, including: Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Federal Relations and Indian Affairs; Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs; and Ways and Means.

Below is a list of all committees and their membership:

ASSISTANT TO THE SPEAKER: Representative Cunningham.

AGING: Representative Farmer-Butterfield Chair; Representatives Bordsen, Clary, Jones, and Pierce Vice Chairs; Representatives Adams, Boylan, Earle, England, Gillespie, Holmes, Mobley, Thomas, and Weiss.

AGRIBUSINESS AND AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY: Representative Faison Chair; Representatives Hill and West Vice Chairs; Representatives Brubaker, Frye, Mobley, and Pierce.

AGRICULTURE: Representative Hill Chair; Representatives Bell, Braxton, Brisson, Faison, Lewis, and Williams Vice Chairs; Representatives Coates, Daughtry, Holloway, Kiser, Langdon, Pate, Steen, Tarleton, Tolson, Tucker, Underhill, Walker, E. Warren, and Wray.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL: Representative Lucas Chair; Representatives Gibson and Grady Vice Chairs; Representatives Boylan, Brown, Coates, Cole, Daughtry, Goforth, Jones, Lewis, McGee, Saunders, Starnes, and Tucker.

APPROPRIATIONS: Representatives Adams, Alexander, Crawford, Haire, Jeffus, Tolson, Yongue, and Michaux (Senior) Chairs;

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL: Representatives Womble and Wright Chairs; Representatives Church and Grady Vice Chairs; Representatives Allred, Avila, Cunningham, Daughtry, Holliman, Killian, and Wainwright.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION: Representatives Glazier, McLawhorn, and Rapp Chairs; Representatives Bell, Johnson, and Lucas Vice Chairs; Representatives Hilton, Holloway, Parmon, Pate, Tarleton, and Wiley.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON GENERAL GOVERNMENT: Representatives Goforth and Underhill Chairs; Representatives Fisher, Steen, and Tucker Vice Chairs; Representatives Almond, Braxton, Brown, Cleveland, Owens, Pierce, Walker, and West.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Representatives Earle, England, and Insko Chairs; Representatives Barnhart, Clary, and Coleman Vice Chairs; Representatives Brisson, Neumann, and Thomas.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY: Representatives Bordsen and Love Chairs; Representatives Kiser, Ray, Spear, Sutton, and R. Warren Vice Chairs; Representatives Frye, Goodwin, Hurley, Justus, Mobley, and Moore.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATURAL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES: Representatives McAllister and E. Warren Chairs; Representatives Harrison, Justice, and Wilkins Vice Chairs; Representatives Bryant, Langdon, Samuelson, Stiller, and Wray.

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION: Representatives Coates and Cole Chairs; Representatives Allen, Blue, Holmes, and Saunders Vice Chairs; Representatives Boylan, Current, Dickson, Dockham, Dollar, Gillespie, Gulley, T. Harrell, Martin, McElraft, and Williams.

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES: Representative Pierce Chair; Representatives Farmer-Butterfield, McAllister, and Wiley Vice Chairs; Representatives Alexander, Almond, Fisher, T. Harrell, Hilton, Mobley, Moore, and Setzer.

COMMERCE, SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Representative Dickson Chair; Representatives Carney, Daughtridge, Starnes, and Wilkins Vice Chairs; Representatives Allen, Allred, Blackwood, Braxton, Brown, Clary, Cole, England, Farmer-Butterfield, Gillespie, Goforth, T. Harrell, McGee, Neumann, Owens, Parmon, Pate, Pierce, Rapp, Ray, Samuelson, Steen, Tarleton, E. Warren, and R. Warren.

EDUCATION: Representatives Bell and Lucas Chairs;

EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY COLLEGES: Representatives Wilkins and Wray Chairs; Representatives Bordsen, England, and Walker Vice Chairs; Representatives Avila, Brown, Dockham, Goforth, Goodwin, Langdon, Love, McElraft, Tolson, and R. Warren.

EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION: Representatives Fisher and Parmon Chairs; Representatives Blackwood, Jeffus, and McLawhorn Vice Chairs; Representatives Carney, Folwell, Glazier, Johnson, Rapp, Stam, and Wiley.

EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITIES: Representatives McAllister and Womble Chairs; Representatives Current, Dollar, Insko, Tarleton, and E. Warren Vice Chairs; Representatives Adams, Alexander, Bryant, Cleveland, Daughtridge, Dickson, Hall, Hilton, Holloway, Hurley, Ross, Samuelson, Stiller, Thomas, and Yongue.

ELECTION LAW AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
: Representative Goodwin Chair; Representatives Kiser, Luebke, and Ross Vice Chairs; Representatives Bryant, Church, Current, Fisher, Harrison, Holmes, Justice, Lewis, Martin, Michaux, Stam, and Starnes.

ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICENCY: Representative Harrison Chair; Representatives Tolson and Walend Vice Chairs; Representatives Boylan, Fisher, Folwell, Gibson, Gulley, J. Harrell, Luebke, Neumann, Samuelson, Saunders, and Tarleton.

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES: Representative Allen Chair; Representatives Gillespie, J. Harrell, Harrison, Justice, Tarleton, and Underhill Vice Chairs; Representatives Blackwood, Brisson, Dollar, Gibson, Haire, Insko, Killian, Luebke, Martin, McComas, Owens, Samuelson, Stiller, Tucker, Weiss, West, and Womble.

ETHICS: Representatives Howard and Ross Chairs; Representatives Brubaker and Yongue Vice Chairs; Representatives Bell, Dockham, Justice, Lucas, Steen, and Tolson.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS OF ALL COMMITTEES:

FEDERAL RELATIONS AND INDIAN AFFAIRS: Representatives Blue and Sutton Chairs; Representatives Frye and Martin Vice Chairs; Representatives Black, Brown, Gillespie, and Yongue.

FINANCE: Representatives Gibson, Wainwright, Weiss, and Luebke (Senior) Chairs; Representatives Hill, Holliman, Howard, McComas, and Womble Vice Chairs; Representatives Black, Blackwood, Blust, Carney, Cunningham, Daughtridge, Faison, Farmer-Butterfield, Folwell, Hall, J. Harrell, Jones, Lewis, McGee, Owens, Ross, Setzer, Stam, Starnes, Tillis, and Walend.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: Representative Church Chair; Representatives Brubaker, Carney, and Williams Vice Chairs; Representatives Black, Daughtridge, Dockham, Earle, Grady, Hall, Holmes, Jeffus, McComas, Mobley, Neumann, Saunders, Spear, Tillis, and R. Warren.

HEALTH: Representative Wright Chair; Representatives Earle, England, and Justus Vice Chairs; Representatives Adams, Alexander, Avila, Barnhart, Boylan, Current, Farmer-Butterfield, Glazier, Grady, T. Harrell, McAllister, McElraft, McLawhorn, Neumann, Parmon, Rapp, Stiller, Thomas, Wainwright, Walend, and Wilkins.

HOMELAND SECURITY, MILITARY AND VETERAN AFFAIRS: Representative Martin Chair; Representatives Blust, Cunningham, Pate, and Wright Vice Chairs; Representatives Allred, Barnhart, Braxton, Cleveland, Coates, Dickson, Glazier, Hilton, Killian, Spear, Sutton, Thomas, Underhill, and R. Warren.

INSURANCE: Representatives Goforth and Holliman Chairs; Representatives Bryant, Dickson, Dockham, and Setzer Vice Chairs; Representatives Almond, Blust, Cole, Current, Faison, Howard, Lewis, Pierce, Saunders, Sutton, Wainwright, Walend, and Wright.

JUDICIARY I
: Representative Ross Chair; Representatives Goodwin, Stam, and Stiller Vice Chairs; Representatives Alexander, Blust, Bryant, Clary, Hall, Harrison, Holmes, Insko, Martin, Mobley, and West.

JUDICIARY II: Representative Blue Chair; Representatives Glazier, Love, and Weiss Vice Chairs; Representatives Bordsen, Crawford, Folwell, J. Harrell, Hurley, Johnson, Kiser, Moore, Parmon, Ray, and Spear.

JUDICIARY III: Representative Sutton Chair; Representatives Daughtry, Faison, and R. Warren Vice Chairs; Representatives Almond, Black, Fisher, Haire, Jeffus, Lewis, Michaux, Tillis, Underhill, Walend, and Wiley.

JUVENILE JUSTICE: Representative Bordsen Chair; Representatives Haire, Kiser, and Mobley Vice Chairs; Representatives Avila, Blust, Bryant, Cunningham, Goodwin, Hurley, Justus, McAllister, McElraft, and Pierce.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT I: Representative Tucker Chair; Representatives Braxton and Langdon Vice Chairs; Representatives Coleman, Gibson, Hurley, McElraft, McGee, Owens, Pate, Spear, Walker, and E. Warren.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT II: Representative Jones Chair; Representatives Adams and Allen Vice Chairs; Representatives Fisher, Frye, Love, Lucas, Steen, Tillis, and Womble.

MENTAL HEALTH REFORM: Representatives Earle and Insko Chairs; Representatives Alexander and Barnhart Vice Chairs; Representatives Braxton, Brisson, Clary, Coleman, England, Justus, Langdon, McLawhorn, Ray, and Wiley.

PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT
: Representatives Bell and J. Harrell Chairs; Representatives Coleman, Folwell, Holloway, and McGee Vice Chairs; Representatives Hurley, McLawhorn, and Tolson.

PUBLIC UTILITIES: Representative Saunders Chair; Representatives Brubaker and Coates Vice Chairs; Representatives Black, Bryant, Earle, Grady, Gulley, Harrison, Holmes, Howard, Lucas, and Wright.

RULES, CALENDAR, AND OPERATIONS OF THE HOUSE: Representative Owens Chair; Representatives Glazier, Hill, Luebke, and Ross Vice Chairs; Representatives Barnhart, Bell, Blue, Brubaker, Clary, Cole, Crawford, Dockham, J. Harrell, Holliman, Howard, Insko, Jeffus, Justice, Justus, Love, McComas, McLawhorn, Michaux, Pate, Ray, Setzer, Steen, Weiss, and Yongue.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Representative Jones Chair; Representatives Gulley, T. Harrell, and Tolson Vice Chairs; Representatives Avila, Blue, England, Haire, Johnson, and Tillis.

STATE PERSONNEL: Representative Coleman Chair; Representatives Almond and Church Vice Chairs; Representatives J. Harrell, Justus, Killian, Sutton, Wiley, Womble, and Yongue.

TRANSPORTATION: Representative Carney Chair; Representatives Coates, Cole, Crawford, Hilton, McComas, and Williams Vice Chairs; Representatives Allen, Blackwood, Braxton, Brisson, Cleveland, Daughtridge, Daughtry, Dollar, T. Harrell, Hill, Killian, Moore, Rapp, Steen, Stiller, Sutton, Underhill, Wilkins, Wray, and Wright.

UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS NOMINATING: Representative Dickson Chair; Representatives Bryant, Haire, and Moore Vice Chairs; Representatives Blust, Brubaker, Dollar, Holmes, Insko, Rapp, E. Warren, and Womble.

WAYS AND MEANS: Representative J. Harrell Chair; Representatives Allred, Hall, Michaux, Owens, and Wainwright Vice Chairs; Representatives Avila, Carney, Crawford, Folwell, Goforth, Grady, Holliman, Lewis, McLawhorn, Neumann, Spear, and Walend.

WILDLIFE RESOURCES: Representative Williams Chair; Representatives Cleveland, Spear, and Wray Vice Chairs; Representatives Brisson, Church, Gulley, Love, Thomas, and West.

The other surge

Just got my NC Justice Center email update and with it another reminder that the politicians who are using anti-immigrant rhetoric to win votes are playing with fire.
So, when the General Assembly gets around to debating all those immigration bills that are sure to surface this year, would someone please wave this newspaper article at the sponsors and ask them if they’re happy now?

From the Char-O story Immigration furor boosts Klan chapters in Carolinas:

The Ku Klux Klan’s once-diminishing numbers are increasing as the group exploits fears over illegal immigration, according to organizations that track hate groups.

The Imperial Wizard of the Mount Holly-based chapter of the Klan in Gaston County says he has not seen membership grow so fast since the 1960s, when he joined.

“People are tired of this mess,” said Virgil Griffin, 62. “The illegal immigrants are taking this country over.”