Category Archives: General Assembly

New DACA license bill would stop DOT ‘pink stripe’ design

A new bill introduced yesterday would require the state to issue licenses for people who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative and prohibit the DOT from making them distinguishable from regular licenses. The department announced recently it would issue licenses that include a pink stripe and the words NO LAWFUL STATUS written in red and caps.

Short Title:        Allow Drivers Licenses for DACA Beneficiaries. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Luebke, Gill, Glazier, and McManus (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to clarify that beneficiaries of the federal deferred action for childhood arrivals initiative are eligible to obtain a drivers license in this state.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 20‑7(s) reads as rewritten:

“(s)       Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (b1) of this section that an applicant present a valid social security number, the Division shall issue a drivers license of limited duration, under subsection (f) of this section, to an applicant applicant, including a beneficiary of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, present in the United States who holds valid documentation issued by, or under the authority of, the United States government that demonstrates the applicant’s legal presence of limited duration in the United States if the applicant presents that valid documentation and meets all other requirements for a license of limited duration. Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (n) of this section addressing background colors and borders, a drivers license of limited duration issued under this section shall bear a distinguishing mark or other designation on the face of the license clearly denoting the limited duration of the license. However, a license of limited duration granted to a beneficiary of the federal DACA initiative shall not be distinguishable in any manner from other licenses issued pursuant to this subsection.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.

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Today in the legislature Wednesday, Feb 27

Wed, February 27, 2013
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation (Joint)
1228/1327 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Joint)
1425 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety (Joint)
415 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Joint)
421 LOB
8:30 AM
Joint Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources
Agenda: Non-profit presentations by Land Loss Prevention Project, Partnership for the Sounds, COGs, and RTI International.

423 LOB
8:30 AM
Finance (House)
Amend State Contract Review Laws. (H56)
Reform Oversight of State-Owned Vehicles. (H61)

544 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (Joint)
643 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources (House)
Room 423
9:00 AM
NCTA PRESS CONFERENCE
Press Room LB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee A — CANCELLED (House)
Immunity/Public Safety Dispatchers. (H95)
Workers Comp Coverage/Public Records. (H111)

1228/1327 LB
10:00 AM
Judiciary Subcommittee C (House)
No SS# Req/Parent or Child/Absolute Divorce. (H114)
Amend Interlocutory Appeals/Family Law. (H122)
Reward Amt/Arrest of Fugitive From Justice. (H137)
Adopt Uniform Deployed Parent Cust/Visit. Act. (H139)

415 LOB
10:00 AM
Education/Higher Education (Senate)
Set Comm. College Elect. Date. (H138)

544 LOB
10:00 AM
Commerce and Job Development (House)
Government Reorganization and Efficiency Act. (S10)

643 LOB
12:00 PM
State Personnel (House)
544 LOB
12:00 PM
Public Utilities and Energy (House)
Natural Gas/Rate Adjustment Mechanism. (H119)

643 LOB
1:00 PM
Finance (Senate)
Board of Law Examiners/Update Expense Law. (H77)
Internal Revenue Code Update. (H82)
Wallace/Satellite Annexations. (S56)
Charlotte Regional Airport Authority. (S81)
Cancel Aircraft Lien W/Surety Bond Deposit. (S84)
Property Tax/Deannexation. (S97)

544 LOB
2:00 PM
Session Convenes (House)
House
2:00 PM
Session Convenes (Senate)
Senate

House Calendar

Senate Calendar

Today in the legislature Tuesday, Feb 26

Tue, February 26, 2013
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation (Joint)
1228/1327 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Joint)
1425 LB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety (Joint)
415 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Joint)
421 LOB
8:30 AM
Joint Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources
Agenda: Non-profit presentations by Institute of Minority Development, Association of Community Development Corporations, High Point Furniture Market, PDI-Defense and Security Technology Accelerator

423 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (Joint)
643 LOB
8:30 AM
Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources (House)
Room 423
9:00 AM
Rules and Operations of the (Senate)
Jt Session/State Bd of Ed Confirmation. (H20)

1027/1128 LB
10:00 AM
Judiciary II (Senate)
Respect our Fallen Heroes. (H19)
Kilah’s Law Increase Child Abuse Penalties. (S70)
Prohibit Expunction Inquiry. (S91)

1124/1224 LB
10:00 AM
Health and Human Services (House)
Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act. (H18)
Require Pulse Oximetry Newborn Screening. (H105)

544 LOB
10:00 AM
Education — CORRECTED (House)
Lottery Funds Used for Digital Learning. (H97)
Set Comm. College Elect. Date. (H138)

643 LOB
11:00 AM
Commerce (Senate)
Study Savings for Administration of Claims. (S43)
Workers Comp Coverage/Public Records. (S44)
GBICC/Workers’ Comp Program Integrity. (S51)
Amend Irrigation Contractors Licensing Laws. (S71)

1027/1128 LB
11:00 AM
Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources (Senate)
Agenda: Briefings from Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Wildlife Resources Commission.

544 LOB
11:15 AM
Press Conference (Time Change)
Press Room LB
12:00 PM
State and Local Government (Senate)
Tabor City Election. (S95)
Clinton/Use Design-Build Method. (S111)
Cleveland Co. Property Transfer. (S52)

1124/1224 LB
12:00 PM
Transportation — CANCELLED (House)
Eliminate Safety Insp./Emission Insp. Req. (H59)

643 LOB
1:00 PM
Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors Nominating — CORRECTED (House)
1228/1327 LB
2:00 PM
Session Convenes (House)
House
2:00 PM
Session Convenes (Senate)
Senate

House Calendar

Senate Calendar

Bill would require teaching that abortion causes preterm births

Filed yesterday by Senators Daniel, Tillman, and Randleman
S132 Main Page

Short Title:        Health Curriculum/Preterm Birth. (Public)
Sponsors: Senators Daniel, Tillman, and Randleman (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT TO include instruction in the school health education program on the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA CHILD FATALITY TASK FORCE.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑81(e1)(1) reads as rewritten:

“(e1)     School Health Education Program to Be Developed and Administered.

(1)        A comprehensive school health education program shall be developed and taught to pupils of the public schools of this State from kindergarten through ninth grade. This program includes age‑appropriate instruction in the following subject areas, regardless of whether this instruction is described as, or incorporated into a description of, “family life education”, “family health education”, “health education”, “family living”, “health”, “healthful living curriculum”, or “self‑esteem”:

a.         Mental and emotional health.

b.         Drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

c.         Nutrition.

d.         Dental health.

e.         Environmental health.

f.          Family living.

g.         Consumer health.

h.         Disease control.

i.          Growth and development.

j.          First aid and emergency care, including the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver by using hands‑on training with mannequins so that students pass a test approved by the American Heart Association, or American Red Cross. Schools shall use for this purpose an instructional program developed by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or other nationally recognized programs that is based on the most current national evidence‑based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for CPR. Schools shall maintain documentation in an electronic database that students have successfully completed CPR instruction to meet Healthy Living Essential Standards. Successful completion of instruction in CPR shall be a requirement for high school graduation by the 2014‑2015 school year.

k.         Preventing sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases.

l.          Reproductive health and safety education. The instruction program shall include information about the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.

m.        Bicycle safety.

As used in this subsection, “HIV/AIDS” means Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.”

SECTION 2. To facilitate the implementation of this act, within 60 days of this act becoming effective and annually thereafter, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, shall provide to the Department of Public Instruction sample educational materials with the most current information available about the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.

SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2013‑2014 school year.

Redistricting hearing

WRAL is streaming the hearing by a three-member panel of judges appointed by the state Supreme Court on the 2011 redistricting.

The judges, appointed by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker, are Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul C. Ridgeway, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite of Statesville and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Alma L. Hinton of Halifax County.

Bill would require cursive by 5th grade and memorization of multiplication tables

I kid you not.

H146 Main Page

Short Title:        Back to Basics. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Hurley and Warren (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to require the state board of education to ensure instruction in cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables as a part of the basic education program.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑81 is amended by adding new subsections to read:

(k) Cursive Writing. — The standard course of study shall include the requirement that the public schools provide instruction in cursive writing so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade.

(l) Multiplication Tables. — The standard course of study shall include the requirement that students enrolled in public schools memorize multiplication tables to demonstrate competency in efficiently multiplying numbers.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2013‑2014 school year.

Bill filed to stop drivers licenses under DACA

After a long battle to win the right to drivers licenses under DACA – the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which allows for a more normal life for undocumented individuals brought here as children – a bill filed today would put a moratorium on issuing licenses until the General Assembly reviews the matter.

H 141 Main Page

Short Title:        DACA Beneficiaries/Drivers License Moratorium. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Brody, J. Bell, Lambeth, and Millis (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to ENABLE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FULLY INVESTIGATE AND DELIBERATE ON ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE AND ITS CITIZENS WITH REGARD TO THE FEDERAL DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS INITIATIVE.

Whereas, federal immigration laws are complicated, inconsistent, and confusing; and

Whereas, these problems have been exacerbated by the federal government’s failure to enforce existing laws and to protect the nation’s borders; and

Whereas, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative announced by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012, compounds the confusion in federal immigration law rather than diminishes it; and

Whereas, rather than working with the General Assembly to craft a careful and deliberate legislative response to the DACA initiative, the previous administration merely requested a North Carolina Attorney General’s opinion; and

Whereas, the Office of the Attorney General issued an opinion on January 17, 2013, that further complicates the application of the law in this State; and

Whereas, possession of a valid drivers license has traditionally been one of the main methods by which residents of this State demonstrate their eligibility to receive various benefits and entitlements and to exercise various fundamental rights; and

Whereas, granting drivers licenses to a whole new class of individuals may therefore have far reaching ramifications for numerous State programs, benefits, and rights; and

Whereas, the complexity of these issues requires a carefully crafted legislative response, undertaken only after thorough investigation and deliberation by the people’s elected representatives in the General Assembly; Now, therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding G.S. 20‑7(b1) or (s) or any other provision of law, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall not issue a drivers license of any kind to an applicant whose lawful presence was derived through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative announced by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and expires on June 15, 2013.

WRAL – Bill would put DACA licenses on hold