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By Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation
That’s a wrap! Senators wrapped up session after a midnight session on Friday where they approved a state budget. House members wrapped up their votes on Saturday.
But there’s a catch…legislators will return this week to agree on an actual adjournment date as the House made changes to the Senate’s original plan. And, on August 14th legislators will return for a brief session to take up any bills that might get vetoed by the Governor, wrap up any bills that got assigned to a conference committee, and wrap up nine different provisions in the adjournment resolutions.
There’s still one more catch….legislators will return AGAIN on November 17th for a special session to discuss Medicaid Reform and possibly Coal Ash. No word on how long this session will last.
So, while legislators have adjourned, they have not technically finished working. We should have a better idea of a plan to meet again in August later this week.
SB 744 Appropriations Act of 2014: This bill has been in the works since session started. When legislators couldn’t agree, they turned to appointing a 42 member conference committee. Last weekend, they reported that they had come to an agreement. The conference committee budget highlights are below. With the Governor’s signature, this will be the state budget for the 2014 fiscal year. View the Money Report for further explanation on the spending plan with accompanying page numbers listed after each highlight. Please note, it is difficult to capture all the provisions in the budget due to the amazing variety of the social work profession so information below is only a snapshot of changes.
HB 884 Dropout Prevention/Recovery Pilot Charter School: This bill establishes a two year pilot program for one charter school who has had students drop out. The purpose is to increase graduation rates and reengage students. The bill passed the House and Senate and was presented to the Governor for signature.
SJR 881 Adjournment: This bill directs legislators to adjourn but to return on August 14th and November 17th. As mentioned above, the November special legislative session will be focused on Medicaid Reform.
HJR 1276 Adjournment: The House version of the adjournment resolution. While the dates to return are the same as the Senate, the House has a few more issues to keep alive including any bills related to autism insurance reform. The House gives the Senate until Wednesday, August 6th to take up the new adjournment resolution.
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 http://www.socialworkers.org.