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By Kay Castillo, NASW-NC Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation
Week five of the short session at the North Carolina General Assembly brought us the House budget. Unlike the Senate, the House took extra measures to introduce and discuss their budget. Starting Tuesday, House members took their budget section by section in subcommittees to hammer out details before taking it to the full Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Following Wednesday’s seven-hour committee meeting, the bill went to the Finance and State Personnel Committees before going to the floor for debate on Thursday afternoon with a final vote on Friday morning.
While not perfect, the House budget is MUCH better than the Senate budget! We thank House members for taking our state’s most vulnerable populations into consideration while developing the budget and providing extra money to mental health, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and other necessary services.
From here, a conference committee will be appointed to combine the Governor, Senate, and House budgets. While the House debated the budget all week, the Senate took up mostly non-controversial bills and adjourned early Thursday morning.
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.