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NCGA Regular Session 2017

Below you will find highlights of the legislation that I have introduced this session, either as a primary sponsor or cosponsor. Each bill/resolution listed is accompanied by a short overview and contains a link to the North Carolina General Assembly website, where you can learn more about each. Additionally, you can find helpful information and resources on the NCGA website's Citizen Guide page. 

Campaign Finance Reform

HB453 - "We the People" Act (cosponsor).This bill was filed in response to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC, which extended first amendment protections to include corporations and, further, allowed corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns through Super PACs. The bill would place a referendum on the ballot allowing North Carolinians to vote on a resolution to urge the United States Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment declaring that constitutional rights belong only to individuals and not to corporations or other artificial entities and that constitutionally protected free speech excludes the unlimited spending of money on political campaign contributions. 


HB289 – Living Wage by 2022 (cosponsor). This bill would slowly increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022, beginning with an increase to $8.80 in 2018.

HB334 - Families' Stabilization Act (primary sponsor). This bill would require equal wage rates in the state, ensuring that no employer may pay wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of another gender in the same establishment for the same quantity and quality of the same classification of work. Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental North Carolina value and benefits all North Carolinians. 

HB410 - Root Out Poverty/Task Force Funds (cosponsor). Approximately 1 in 4 children in NC are living at or below the federal poverty level. This bill aims to change that by establishing and funding a statewide task force dedicated to poverty reduction and economic recovery. 


H97 – Arts Education Requirement (cosponsor). This bill would require a minimum of one credit in arts education before graduating from a public high school in the state.

HB254 – Surplus Computers for Low-income Students (cosponsor). This bill would allow the state Surplus Property Agency to distribute state surplus computers to nonprofit entities that refurbish and donate computers for the benefit of low-income students and households.

HB247 – Limit Soldiers’ Community College Tuition (cosponsor). This bill would make higher education more affordable to active duty military personnel by placing a cap on community college tuition fees so that tuition could not exceed the amount of federal assistance available to them.

HB339 – NC Teaching Fellows (cosponsor). This bipartisan bill would reestablish the previously defunded North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, which has brought our state national attention and cemented our reputation as an education state.

HB540 - Teachers and State Employees Pay Raises (cosponsor). This bill would provide for a pay increase for NC teachers and state employees making less than $100,000 annually. 


HB175 – DEQ/Emphasize Urban Environmental Issues (cosponsor). This bill would direct the NC Department of Environmental Quality to emphasize the protection of at-risk urban communities from environmental degradation.

HR401 – Supporting Clean Energy/Creating Green Jobs (cosponsor). This house resolution is in support of the state goal of 100% clean energy in NC by 2050 and the creation of green jobs.


HB82 - Equality for All/Repeal HB2 (primary sponsor). This bill calls for a clean repeal of HB2. Since being signed into law by former governor McCrory, this discriminatory law has cost our state roughly $600 million in economic activity, stained our state’s great reputation, and left some of our most marginalized neighbors more vulnerable than ever. It is time to repeal this discriminatory law and bring back jobs, film, and basketball to North Carolina.  

HB102 - NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment (cosponsor). The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), passed by Congress on March 22, 1972, declares that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." North Carolina is one of only 15 states that have not ratified the ERA since its passing. With only three states still needed for ratification of this historic legislation, NC has the opportunity to make history by ratifying the amendment. This bill aims to do just that. 


HB473 - Film & Entertainment Grant Fund Appropriations (cosponsor). We all know how important the film industry is to the economic future of southeastern, NC. Film is a sustainable industry that brings clean jobs to our area while stimulating the local economy. This bill would appropriate additional, recurring funding to the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund to incentivize the film industry to bring film back to North Carolina. 


HB200 – Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission (cosponsor).This bill would essentially end the undemocratic process of political gerrymandering, establishing an independent redistricting committee and taking “map drawing” out of the hands of legislators who have a vested interest in creating gerrymandered districts that favor legislators rather than voters.


HB139 - Mental Health Workers' Bill of Rights (cosponsor). This bill would establish and enact a Bill of Rights for mental health care workers in the state. Mental health workers provide care and support that is critical to people with special needs and deserve basic rights and standards to protect them in carrying out their duties. The rights listed in this bill provide those and include: the right to a safe workplace, the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and the right to family-supporting wages, among others. 

HB276 - Strengthen Youth Tobacco Use Prevention/Funds (cosponsor). This bill would provide funding for the creation of a Tobacco Use Prevention program aimed at engaging young people in tobacco use prevention teams in counties and school districts across the region, providing education and training of youth leaders at the local level, and reaching young people with effective tobacco use prevention, with an emphasis on preventing the use of new and emerging tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

HB387 - Corner Store Initiative (cosponsor). This bill would establish the Healthy Foods Small Retailer Fund to develop and operate a program intended to provide assistance for small food retailers operating in the State, in both urban and rural areas, with the goal of increasing availability and sales of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods at affordable prices to local residents and improving the diet and health of local residents, especially in food desert zones

HB456 - Establish Mandatory Dementia Care Training (cosponsor). It is critical that we ensure that our friends, family, and neighbors suffering from dementia-related disorders are cared for in a way that with dignity, respect, and quality care. This bill would require adult care homes, nursing homes, and combination homes that provide special care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias to provide dementia care training to staff and establishes minimum standards for that training. 

HB479 - Appropriate Funds for Future Health Care Jobs (cosponsor). As the demands on our healthcare system continue to rise, particularly in rural parts of the state, it is crucial that we invest in training programs for future healthcare workers in North Carolina. This bill would appropriate funds to the state community college system to train future healthcare professionals to meet the state's health care needs.

HB544 - Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days (cosponsor).   This bill would ensure that all workers have earned paid sick days to address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. The bill would protect employees from losing their jobs and pay while they seek medical care for themselves and their family members.

Opioid Abuse

HB243 – Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act (cosponsor). This bipartisan bill would strengthen the regulations for prescribing and dispensing opioid medication, while also providing funding for treatment for opioid addicts.

HB324 – Pilot Project to Treat Opiate Overdose (cosponsor). Another bipartisan effort to address the opioid epidemic, this bill would provide funding for the City of Wilmington to establish a Quick Response Team (QRT) to address the needs of opiate and heroin overdose victims who are not getting follow-up treatment.


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