Dear District 61 Constituents,
With session drawing to a close, I look forward to returning to Guilford County and seeing the positive effects of the legislation the General Assembly has passed this year. In the final week, we have had a marathon of legislation to confer as many benefits on North Carolinians as possible.
Our great State has fallen victim to the Opioid Epidemic, so on June 27th, the House voted in HB 243, the “Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act.” The act will regulate the prescription of opioids by limiting the initial amount allowed and having pharmacies register and report their prescriptions to help detect misuse. The Act will also help to get the opioid antagonist to parties that need it.
Additionally on June 27th, the House voted in favor of HB 21 to help keep our youth, and law enforcement officers, safe. This bill adds training on how to handle a traffic stop to the existing driver’s education program. The intent of the training is to minimize the fear or nervousness a young person may feel when being pulled over for the first time and to help them know the proper way to interact with law enforcement.
On June 28th, 2017, the House passed SB 338, The Disaster Recovery Act. This act provides funding to help citizens across North Carolina deal with wild fires and floods, as well as everything in between. This bill has gone back to the Senate for concurrence and will likely be voted on June 29th.
The peak of our legislation this session was the budget, SB 257, for the 2017-2019 biennium. This budget provides raises for state employees, raises teacher pay, and lowers taxes and many other positive projects for North Carolina. Guilford County in particular can expect to see increased funding for scholarships and doctoral programs at NC A&T, the North Carolina Symphony and continued funding for the High Point Market Authority, among others.
For more information, visit my website for current updates and legislative news. Thank you all for the privilege of serving the wonderful District 61 of Guilford County. Feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach me by telephone at (919) 733-5877.
All the best,
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 613
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925