Legislative calendar 11/26-11/29

Via the NCGA:


Legislative Calendar
North Carolina General Assembly

See the current House and Senate for additional meeting information.

Official notifications, cancellations, and changes of committee meetings are sent out by the Committee Assistants of the various committees.

Mon, November 26, 2012
1:00 PM
Digital Learning Environments in Public Schools (LRC)(2011)
544 LOB
Tue, November 27, 2012
10:00 AM
Education Oversight Committee, Jt Leg
643 LOB
10:00 AM
Emergency Management Oversight Comm., Jt. Leg. – Dept. of Public Safety Joint Force Headquarters, Raleigh
Off-site N/A
Wed, November 28, 2012
1:00 PM
Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Jt. Leg. Comm. (2011)
415 LOB
Thu, November 29, 2012
9:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:30 P.M.
LRC Age of Juvenile Offender Cmte.
544 LOB

ERC agenda

Via the Committee web site:

1. Call to order
Representative Mitch Gillespie, Presiding
2. Introductory remarks by Cochairs (5 minutes)
Senator David Rouzer
Representative Mitch Gillespie
Representative Ruth Samuelson
3. Report from the Commission Counsel (5 minutes)
Jeff Hudson, Commission Counsel
4. Presentation on development and prioritization of the State’s list of impaired waters, pursuant to Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act
(30 minutes)
Chuck Wakild, Director
Division of Water Quality, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
5. Presentation on ecological flow determinations for development of hydrologic models
(1 hour)
Thomas A. Reeder, Director
Division of Water Resources, DENR
6. Presentation on potential mining for uranium in Virginia and possible impacts and issues for North Carolina (30 minutes)
Thomas A. Reeder, Director
Division of Water Resources, DENR

Today in the legislature November 15

I would post the Environmental Review Commission agenda, but it is not online yet. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and if in Room 544, which has audio.
Also on the schedule . . .
– 10:00 AM, Justice Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force, 1027/1128 LB
– 10:00 AM Career and Technical Education Committee (LRC)(2011), 415 LOB
– 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Certificate of Need Process and Related Hospital Issues, House Select Committee on, 643 LOB

Hre’s the select committee’s agenda

I. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Representative Fred Steen and Representative John Torbett
II. Approval of Minutes

III. Certificate of Public Advantage Audit
Christopher B. Taylor, CPA, Assistant Secretary, North Carolina Medical Care Commission
K. D. (Kip) Sturgis, Assistant Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
David Motsinger, CPA, Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

IV. Update on Recent Court of Appeals Decision in Novant Health v. NC DHHS.
Jan Paul, Research Division

V. Finalize Recommendations for Committee Report

Final Meeting
Thursday, December 6, 2012
10:00 am Room 544 LOB

Program evaluation meeting

The Golden Leaf Foundation is up for review and NC Railroad will see more oversight maybe asked to cough up some dividends in the coming session. (There was some thought given to selling it off in the last session.)
Here’s the link to Executive Summary of the Program Evaluation Division’s work on the railroad issue.

Here’s the agenda for this morning’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

November 14, 2012 — 10:00 AM
Room 1228 Legislative Building
– 10:00 AM Remarks by Chairs
– Approve October 17, 2012 Minutes
– 10:05 AM John Turcotte, PED Director, on previous Committee action on postponing PED Golden LEAF project pending review of State Auditor report, Beth Wood, State Auditor to present audit report on Golden Long-Term Economic Advancement Foundation (Golden LEAF Foundation) Responding, Dan Gerlach, President Golden LEAF
– 10:35 AM Sean Hamel, Senior Program Evaluator presentation on PED report Stronger Reporting and Management Structure Would Improve State Bureau of Investigation Vehicle Oversight, Responding, Marshall Tucker, Assistant Director, State Bureau of Investigation
– 11:00 AM Ryan Blackledge, Drafting Division, presentation of draft bill to implement recommendations of PED report North Carolina Should Require NC Railroad Company to Pay an Annual Dividend and Strengthen Reporting
11:30 AM John Turcotte, PED Director, PED status

Immigration meeting canceled

The House select committee on the the State’s Role in Immigration, a group that was looking into the 287(g) program and what other states like Arizona and Alabama were doing, cancelled its meeting scheduled for today.

It’s hard not to look at the results from the November 6 election and the “evolution” of key national Republicans and see a lot of reasons to rethink the aggressive pursuit of laws intended to get people to self-deport. Immigration is one of those issues where the new legislature will be challenged to reverse course as a result of the election.

You can peruse the committee’s agendas and presentations and get an idea of where it was headed. A lot of consideration was given to an Alabama-styled bill, which aims to encourage “self-deportation,” which is a nice way of saying make life intolerable.

You may recall the ruckus at the committee’s meeting in February when the committee heard from the homebuilders and the state’s growers about what a tough law like Alabama’s might do. From the official minutes of the meeting:

Representative Cleveland was recognized and stated the idea that illegals being forced out of the State is going to cause economic hardship is overblown and it would be a benefit to the State to have the illegals gone. After a raid on a packing plant where several illegal workers were removed, the plant reopened two days later with American workers filling the jobs. Ms. Jacoby replied that she does not condone illegal immigration; however, states such as Georgia, Alabama and Arizona have found that driving these workers out of the state has been bad for industry. The states are caught between a rock and a hard place on what can be done to help these companies get legal immigrant workers.

Representative Cleveland was again recognized and asked what was the actual monetary number for the loss in agriculture and what is the real truth since nobody has an honest figure. If the numbers were true, the state of Georgia would be back peddling and they aren’t. Ms. Jacoby responded that NC is on the right path with E-Verify and time must be given to allow it work.

Representative Iler asked if the 25 employee number for HB 36 should be higher or lower. Ms. Jacoby answered that the number is a good balance. Other states such as Utah have a 14 employee threshold and Tennessee has a 10 employee threshold before E-Verify must be used.

Representative Iler asked if any solution in relation to a state issue ID have been proposed in other states. Ms. Jacoby stated she had not seen this in any state than for guest worker programs.

Representative Warren was recognized and asked about any potential programs that would transition people from the unemployment line or penal system to the fields. Ms. Jacoby responded that Georgia had tried this and the results were not promising. Workers were fleeing the fields around 3:00 in the afternoon and it was harder work than they want to do. Representative Warren was recognized for a follow up and stated that E-Verify does nothing to stop identity theft.

Representative Cleveland was recognized for a comment regarding a large drug bust in Rockingham County confiscating $600,000.00 and over 1,000 pounds of marijuana from two illegal aliens.

At this time, several members of the audience stood and made the statement that they were “illegal and unafraid”. These demonstrators were removed from the committee room and three arrested for disorderly conduct.
Chairman Iler stated that demonstrations and outbursts will not be tolerated by the committee.

Rep. George Cleveland, you may recall, is the representative who famously said there is no one in deep poverty in North Carolina.