Greetings From Raleigh
This busy week saw the deadline for introducing public bills pass in the House as the total number of bills reached 1,558. We expect several dozen more dealing with finance and appropriations issues before the deadline for those passes on May 11. While members introduced and debated many bills, topics that dominated our thoughts included the budget, the lottery proposal, lobbying reforms, and a proposal to allow children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at our state-supported universities.
Yesterday was special for me because House Bill 496, "Student Asthma Medications", which I introduced several weeks ago, was passed by the Senate (after being passed by the House a few weeks ago) and will go to Governor Easley for his signature. The policy that this bill mandates - allowing students to carry and self-medicate life-saving medicine - will be effective with the 2005-2006 school year. I am grateful to Ms. Cindy Moseley for her assistance in getting this legislation adopted. She is a Greensboro resident and a constituent whose two young children will now have ready access to their medications while in public school.
Following is a list of bills I have introduced this session. In addition to these, I have signed on as a primary sponsor and/or co-sponsor on dozens of other bills. In my next newsletter, I will list those.
HB 217 Driving From/Leaving Scene of Accident (awaiting Senate consideration)
HB 496 Student Asthma Medications (passed House and Senate)
HB 594 ACC Hall of Champions Funds
HB 837 Funds for "We the People" School Competition
HB 1135 Environmental Enforcement Accountability Act
HB 1295 New Motor Vehicles Warranties/Lemon Law
HB 1327 Criminal Record Checks/Psychology Practice Act
HB 1328 Pardon/Expunction of Record
HB 1510 Electioneering Communications
HB 1511 Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
HB 1512 Coastal Hazards Disclosure
HB 1531 Mercury Reduction and Education
As always, I would like to hear from you if you have comments or concerns.