Your source for the social work profession in North Carolina.
By Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation
Week two brought us our first victory of the short session! On Wednesday night, the House debated and passed House Bill 725 (Raise the Age)! We will now shift our focus on this important legislation in the Senate. Not many social work related bills had action this week but other controversial issues were discussed such as fracking (which passed the Senate and was sent to the House). Most legislators were working behind the scenes on the Senate budget which we expect to see this week.
HB 725 Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act: In a historic vote last week, house members voted 77-39 to pass Raise the Age. The bill was amended to exempt gang members and gang activity. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote. More on Raise the Age.
SB 734 Regulatory Reform Act: This 61 page bill was discussed in committee and on the floor. A final vote will be made on 5/28. This bill concerns social workers in several sections but mostly section 1.10 as it allows occupational licensing boards to apply rules and regulations to professional corporations. A separate bill was also filed on this section.
These legislative updates are provided by the National Association of Social Workers. North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC). NASW membership support advocacy efforts on behalf of social workers and their clients at the state and national level. Become a member of your professional association today by joining online at www.socialworkers.org.