State Government News

Speaker Moore: Cooper Refuses to Submit Shutdown Orders for Council of State Review, Vetoes More Small Business Rescue Bills

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Thursday to Governor Cooper’s veto of legislation requiring agreement from a majority of the Council of State for business closures and bills allowing thousands of small businesses to safely operate. Senate Bill 105 would require Governor Cooper to obtain concurrence from a majority of the 10-member Council of State before imposing emergency business closures on North Carolinians.   According to a release from the Speakers office, Governor Cooper originally sought concurrence from the Council of State to close businesses, but then switched legal theories when some members of the Council…

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Governor Cooper Signs Five Bills into Law, Vetoes Eight

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law on July 2: House Bill 902: P&C Changes/ Glob. Tranp./ Prison Pilot Senate Bill 808: Medicaid Funding Act House Bill 118: COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor House Bill 425: Implement Conner’s Law House Bill 1053: PED/ Military OL & Audiology Interstate Compact Governor Cooper shared the following statement on SB 808: “This bill contains additional funding for COVID-19 testing and tracing, which are vital in our fight against the pandemic. I will continue working with legislators and the federal government to increase our testing and tracing capabilities to protect North…

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State Water Infrastructure Authority to meet July 8 via teleconference

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Water Infrastructure Authority will meet Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00 a.m., remotely, via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting by phone. Meeting action items: Funding Decisions for All Projects (Spring 2020 funding application round) Priority System Modifications for the 2020 Intended Use Plans for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs Asset Inventory and Assessment Program Modifications WHO:        State Water Infrastructure AuthorityWHAT:      Meeting via teleconference (WebEx)*WHEN:      Wednesday, July 8, at 9:00 a.m. AGENDA:  https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/WI/Authority/2020_meetings/FINAL-Agenda-July-8-2020-SWIA-Mtg.pdf            *Instructions for listening to the meeting by phone (WebEx) are available…

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NCDHHS Launches Social Media Campaign as Part of Effort to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Among Historically Marginalized Populations

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is launching a new social media marketing campaign as part of a larger public outreach campaign designed to reach historically marginalized populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The social media advertising, which will run on Facebook and Instagram and is made possible by ad credits provided by Facebook, is part of NCDHHS’ Prevent and Protect campaign that launched earlier this month. SocialCode, a digital marketing agency, developed the Facebook and Instagram ads and will manage the placement of the ads to ensure they are reaching their designated audience. Data shows…

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey welcomes health insurer Centene Corp. to North Carolina

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 2017 North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey met with the officials of health insurer Centene regarding approval of their policies in North Carolina. During these discussions, Centene officials expressed their interest in expanding their business in North Carolina, potentially moving their business to North Carolina. This week, the fruits of those talks paid off. Centene Corp., a St. Louis-based health insurance company, announced on Wednesday, July 1, it will break ground as early as August on its new East Coast headquarters in Charlotte. “I am proud to have played a part in this company’s move to our state,”…

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NCDOT Cash Watch Report for July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — To comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a snapshot of NCDOT expenditures. For holidays when NCDOT offices are closed, the release and report will be published on the closest business day. The latest cash report, as well as previous reports, can be viewed on this NCDOT webpage. Each report will open with what the combined cash balance was in the preceding report. The report will include a list of disbursements in…

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Cooper delays school reopening announcement without saying why

July 2, 2020

by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper was vague in explaining why he delayed an announcement about how and when schools will start classes. All 115 N.C. school districts were asked to create three reopening plans, ranging from most to least restrictive. Wednesday, July 1 was the deadline for Cooper to announce which plan all schools would follow. Cooper said in a Wednesday news conference that he’s taking another couple of weeks. Schools, parents, and teachers are waiting. “We are about six weeks away from the traditional start of the school year, and instead…

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Truitt: “This is a time for leadership, not a time to wait or waffle”

July 2, 2020

CARY, N.C. — Catherine Truitt, a former Johnston County public schools teacher and the Republican nominee for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued the following statement Wednesday after Governor Roy Cooper delayed his scheduled announcement on the reopening of schools this fall:  “I am glad that Roy Cooper surprised us all by not dictating a one-size-fits-all solution to reopening schools today. However, he needs to go one step further and tell our school systems that how they re-open school this Fall is up to them. This is a time for leadership, not a time to wait or waffle. Parents, students, principals and teachers…

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Cooper: North Carolina to Continue Working Toward Getting Students Back in the Classroom

July 2, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper said Wednesday that North Carolina will continue working with schools, teachers, parents, and health experts to ensure that plans for school this coming year will protect everybody, especially those at high-risk. “We want to get our students back in the classroom, and we want to make sure we get this right. My number one opening priority is classroom doors,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We encourage our public schools to continue planning, with a special focus on how teachers, staff, and students can best be protected – especially those who are high-risk.” In June, the…

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Governor Cooper Signs 24 Bills into Law

July 2, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper signed the following 24 bills into law on July 1, 2020: House Bill 1023: Coronavirus Relief Fund/ Additions & Revisions House Bill 1087: Water/ Wastewater Public Enterprise Reform Senate Bill 681: Agency Policy Directives/ 2019-2020 Senate Bill 212: Capital Appropriations/ R&R/ Cybersec House Bill 1163: Guilford Funds/Cabarrus Land/Brunswick Shellfish Senate Bill 816: Community College Funds/Cooperative Innovative HS Funds/Coronavirus Relief Funds House Bill 32: Collaborative Law Senate Bill 733: UNC Capital Projects Senate Bill 817: Funds for UNC Enrollment Growth/ FY 2020-21 House Bill 885: Only Allow Courts to Charge FTA Fee Once House Bill 1072: GSC Technical Corrections 2020 House Bill 1064: GSC Clarifying Bingo License…

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