A lot has been happening around the General Assembly this week including changes to LME/MCO, school social workers, health care, the death penalty and more! We’re starting to see many bills filed impacting the profession and our clients. It is important, as social workers, to establish relationships with your legislators so you can contact them about how legislation impacts their district! The social work voice is a strong and important- let your voice be heard!
Relevant bills filed
House Bill 452: 2013 School Safety Act– this legislation would increase the number of school resource officers, school psychologists, guidance counselors and school social workers. It would also install panic alarm systems and several other measures to ensure public schools safety.
Senate Bill 518: Healthy Marriage Act– this legislation would amend NC’s divorce laws to two years of separation in which couples would undergo marriage counseling. It has not been referred to a committee.
Senate Bill 306: Capital Punishment/Amendments– this bill was passed out of Senate Committee Judiciary 1. It will be heard in the Senate on 4/03/13. This bill would enact the state to start back executions on death row and end the Racial Justice Act. Please contact your Senators and let them know you are opposed to this legislation.
Contacting your legislators
Using Capwiz, you can easily locate who represents you. We encourage you as social workers to get involved if any of these issues impact your work positively or negatively. Need help contacting your legislators? Contact Kay Paksoy, firstname.lastname@example.org at the chapter office for help!