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WRAL livestreaming judiciary hearing

Lots going on, including comments on Racial Justice Act

agenda as of this am:

Judiciary Subcommittee B (House)
Rendering Act Amendments. (H512)
Amend Felony Firearms Act/Increase Penalties. (H582)
Utilities Commission/Criminal Records Check. (H340)
Assault on LEO Inflicting Bodily Injury. (H696)
Supervis. of Magistrates/Juries/Calendaring. (H517)
No Discriminatory Purpose in Death Penalty. (H615)
Make Synthetic Cannabinoids Illegal. (S9)

NC GOP wimps out

Well, unlike those big burly Red States that want to either nullify or secede, this state’s new overlords are merely going to pass a resolution declaring that the 10th Amendment means what it says they mean.
Here’s the text of the resolution being introduced today.

A HOUSE RESOLUTION supporting the state of North Carolina’s right to claim sovereignty over certain powers under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people;” and

Whereas, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

Whereas, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

Whereas, today, in 2011, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and

Whereas, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas, Section 4 of Article IV of the Constitution of the United States says, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,” and the Ninth Amendment states that “The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;” and

Whereas, the United States Supreme Court ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

Whereas, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

SECTION 1. The North Carolina House of Representatives supports the State’s right to claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government or reserved to the people by the Constitution of the United States.

SECTION 2. The North Carolina House of Representatives urges the federal government, as the agent of the State, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of any constitutionally delegated powers.

SECTION 3. The North Carolina House of Representatives further urges that compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

SECTION 4. The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation.

SECTION 5. This resolution is effective upon adoption.

Hackney elected minority leader

Joe Hackney has been elected as minority leader in the NC House.
Here’s the official release:

Hackney elected House minority leader

Speaker will continue in leadership role going into next session

RALEIGH _ Joe Hackney, the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives for the past four years, was unanimously elected leader of the House Democratic caucus Tuesday.

Among the caucus priorities for the coming session will be to support quality education, job creation and fair redistricting, he said after his election.

“We know what kind of North Carolina the people of this state have come to expect,” Hackney said. “They want us to protect education at all levels. They want us to protect investment in job creation programs and they want a chance to fairly elect the people who represent them.

“We will join with Republicans when they are on the right path, but we will vigorously oppose any efforts to undermine progress in these areas.”

Hackney was unopposed in the election for minority leader. The House Democrats will choose their whips at a later date.

Prior to becoming Speaker in 2007, Hackney was House Democratic Leader for one term, House Majority Leader for one term and Speaker Pro Tempore for two terms. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980. His district includes Chatham County and parts of Orange and Moore counties. Hackney has among the most active legislators in the chamber during his tenure. He has sponsored significant legislation in the areas of ethics, environment and judicial reform.

Since 1974, Hackney has been a partner in the Epting & Hackney law firm in Chapel Hill. In addition, he and his brother continue to operate their family cattle farm in Chatham County.

Hackney received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Betsy, have two adult sons, Dan and Will.

Hackney to seek minority leader job

That’s the headline of the press release. Here’s the text:

Rep. Hackney has served as Speaker for the past four years. His tenure will end when the newly elected Republican majority comes into office in January.

“Next year, we must cooperate with the new Republican majority when their direction is good for North Carolina,” Rep. Hackney said. “But we must vigorously oppose them when they seek to move North Carolina in the wrong direction, such as when they act to erode the quality of our public education, or our excellent business climate.”

Rep. Hackney represents Chatham, Orange and Moore counties. Prior to becoming Speaker, he served as House Speaker Pro Tempore, House Democratic Leader and House Majority Leader. He is also the former chairman of numerous legislative committees, including Judiciary I, Finance, Ethics and Environment.

Speaker Hackney is a former president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2007, he received the group’s Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, the nation’s top honor for state legislators.

House Dems release agenda

Here’s the memo from the House Democratic Caucus on the agenda for this session. Note that it does not involve an aggressive plan to ask for everyone’s papers.

Plan to Protect North Carolina’s Future

North Carolina House Democrats 2010 Session

While our nation endures one of the toughest recessions in history, North Carolinians remain resilient. As many families cut back their household budgets, so is the state of North Carolina. Now, we must continue to lay the groundwork for more prosperous times and secure the future for our children.

As House Democrats, we will continue to help North Carolinians cope with the current economic uncertainty by working to preserve essential services for our state. We will: create and expand job opportunities; support our small businesses; protect education at all levels; and strengthen the public’s confidence in its elected and appointed leaders. As Democrats, we will move North Carolina forward and protect our future.

Under our Plan to Protect North Carolina’s Future, we will focus on four major priorities in 2010:

JOBS: Putting North Carolinians back to work and supporting our small businesses
EDUCATION: Protecting our future by ensuring our students receive a quality education
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Making sure our state government lives within its means and protects its citizens
ACCOUNTABILITY: Demanding a more responsible government

JOBS: Putting North Carolinians back to work and supporting our small businesses
Our number one priority is and must continue to be getting North Carolinians back to work and supporting our small businesses, which are essential to our economic recovery. We must:

- Recruit jobs into the state and protect the ones we have
- Build a workforce to fit the needs of the 21st Century
- Invest in existing job development funds for new and expanding businesses
- Assist small businesses in creating jobs
- Provide tax credits for small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees
- Increase worker training at community colleges
- Promote green jobs and green technology
- Create jobs now through critical infrastructure improvements
- Support our small business centers
- Increase business’ capacity to procure federal and military contracts

EDUCATION: Protecting our future by ensuring our students receive a quality education
This economic downturn won’t last. We are preparing for a strong recovery by continuing to invest in our education system. We must:

- Make protecting our teachers a top priority
- Support our community colleges and university system to ensure an educated workforce
- Protect class size, especially in K-3
- Keep our students on track to graduate

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Making sure our state government lives within its means and protects its citizens
We will continue to meet our constitutional obligation to balance the state’s budget. We made the largest cuts in the state history in 2009 and like most families in North Carolina, it is necessary that we continue cutting back. We must:

- Streamline, economize and prioritize government spending
- Continue to find ways to make government more efficient
- Fund essential services, particularly for our state’s most vulnerable people

ACCOUNTABILITY: Demanding a more responsible government
We must ensure an open and transparent state government that acts responsibly and finds solutions. We must:

- Continue to lead by example and earn the respect of our citizens through our actions

- Make sure government records are available and accessible to the public

- Improve the integrity of government contracts

- Continue to strengthen our ethics laws

- Crack down on those who defraud the government

Here’s the statement that went with it:

RALEIGH — North Carolina House Democrats today introduced their 2010 session agenda, a plan designed to create jobs, support small business, protect education and strengthen ethic rules.

The caucus’ Plan to Protect North Carolina’s Future focuses on four major priorities:

1) JOBS: Putting North Carolinians back to work and supporting our small businesses
2) EDUCATION: Protecting our future by ensuring our students receive a quality education
3) FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Making sure our state government lives within its means and protects its citizens
4) ACCOUNTABILITY: Demanding a more responsible government

The 68 representatives who make up the House Democratic Caucus developed the plan over the past several months and will use it as a blueprint to guide their legislative work in the months ahead. Rep. Larry Womble and Rep. Deborah Ross led the committee that wrote the plan, which was approved unanimously within the caucus.

“This plan outlines the priorities of House Democrats as we start this year’s session,” House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman said. “We intend to help move North Carolina along through this economic recovery with ideas that will bring jobs, protect education and show that we take our fiscal and ethical responsibilities to this state seriously. We have rolled this plan out on the first day of session to show our resolve. Now, it’s time for us to get to work.”