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May Newsletter

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Volume 1, Issue 4

From the Office of Representative James D. Gailliard, District 25

Raleigh News

In the General Assembly - Committee Updates

Appropriations: This month, the committee thoroughly reviewed and voted on amendments to the Appropriations Act of 2019.

Appropriations, Education: This month, the committee discussed and voted on amendments to the Opportunity Scholarship and funding for the North Carolina School of Science and Math, which is located in the Education section of the Appropriations Act of 2019.

Health: This month, the committee discussed and voted on bills that impact pharmaceutical practice (HB 388); Fairness in Cancer treatment (HB 480); and mental health, suicide risk and teen violence (HB 434).

House Select Committee on School Safety: No updates. This committee did not meet in the month of April. If you have any suggestions for the Committee, you may email them to Gailliardla@ncleg.net

K12: This month, the committee reviewed and voted on bills that would provide grants for after school robotics programs (HB 552); Classroom supplies for Teachers (HB 859); and grants for Charter school transportation (HB 199).

If you would like to receive updates on committee meetings at the NCGA, go to: https://www.ncleg.gov/Committees

Policy Updates

Representative Gailliard Co-Sponsored the following bills in April:

  • HB 549: Matching Funds for Affordable Housing

  • HB 556: Funds for Food Banks

  • HB 588: 2019 Governor's Budget

  • HB 589: Let NC Vote Act

  • HB 655: NC Health Care for Working Families

  • HB 664: myFutureNC/Postsecondary Attainment Goal

  • HB 868: Study/HUB State Contracts

  • HB 874: The Second Chance Act

  • HB 876: 1% Cola/Bonus/TSERS/Funds

  • HB 883: Dental Services/Medicaid Transformation

  • HB 890: Restore Master's Pay for Certain Teachers

  • HB 891: Tuition Grants for NCSSM Graduates

  • HB 893: Allow Early Voting/Last Saturday/Flexibility

  • HB 897: Annual Review/Broadband Service Competitive

  • HB 898: Study Criminal Recidivism in North Carolina

  • HB 906: Study of Cash Bail System

  • HB 930: Improve Success of Reentry by Inmates

Representative Gailliard was Primary Sponsor on the following bills in April:

  • HB 521:Provisional License/Teacher from Other State

  • HB 713: Unemployment Insurance Changes/Restorations

  • HB 701: Improve Implementation of Public Health System Mission

  • HB 743: Require Prepaid Envelope/Absentee Ballotts

  • HB 762: Nutritional Assistance for Employment Deserts

For more information on any bill at the NCGA, visit https: ncleg.gov/BillLookUp

April Visitors

El Colectivo NC visits Representative Gailliard today to thank him for not casting a vote for HB 370 - "Require Sheriff Cooperation with ICE."

Choanoke Area Development Association of NC, Inc

Constituents met with the Representative for their concerns about the Atlantic Coastal Pipeline

In the News

Health News

Medicaid Expansion Remains Stalled in NC, Bill to Criminalize Grass, Clippings Advances: I sponsored HB 5 to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap for 500,000 North Carolinians on the first day of the legislative session. The bill has yet to receive even a hearing in committee despite strong support from hospitals, doctors, nurses, and citizens who want more of their neighbors covered by health insurance.

Last week four Republican legislators introduced their alternative to Medicaid expansion, HB 655 that would close the coverage gap for many, but would be a slower and less effective approach. That bill has also not even received a hearing yet.

Passing Medicaid expansion would be the single best thing legislators could do to make people’s lives better in a number of ways:

  • Providing more people access to affordable health care;

  • Lowering health care costs by reducing uncompensated care we all pay for;

  • Creating health care jobs as more people seek services, particularly in rural North Carolina;

  • Making treatment more available for those suffering in the opioid crisis;

  • Bringing back our tax dollars we are sending to Washington DC.

Unfortunately, we have yet to devote any committee time to these issues, but we have spent time on:

  • Criminalizing grass clippings in the street ( HB 104 )

  • Allowing Lincoln County schools to have multiple recesses ( HB 72 )

  • Naming a state raptor, a state marine mammal, a state cookie, a state ship, a state frozen treat, a state azalea festival, and a state poultry festival.

Of course, some of these quirky bills are good ideas and there is nothing wrong with expressions of state and local civic pride. But when legislative leaders devote time in 15 committee hearings and multiple floor sessions to these more light-hearted bills – and no time at all to Medicaid expansion – there is something very wrong with our General Assembly.

No Medicaid Expansion: Medicaid expansion will close the coverage gap for 500,000 North Carolinians. Expansion will help people lead healthier and better lives. It will help struggling rural hospitals and create health care jobs.

No state that has expanded Medicaid has reversed course. Many states used the passage of their State Budget bill to expand Medicaid. HB 966 does not include Medicaid expansion. I supported a motion to send the bill back to committee so Medicaid expansion could be included, but it failed on a party-line vote.

Expanding Medicaid is the single best thing we can do this session to expand health care access, make health care more affordable, address the opioid crisis, and boost rural economies. We must join 37 other states in making this happen.

Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims April 2019 Alcohol Awareness Month: To raise awareness of the risks underage drinking poses to young people in North Carolina and across the country, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month.

“Underage drinking jeopardizes young people’s health and safety and puts lives at risk,” Gov. Cooper said. “It’s important that people know the dangers of alcohol and that families talk honestly and directly about underage drinking."

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, underage drinking can cause problems in school, changes in brain development and increased risk of suicide. Underage drinking remains a serious problem in North Carolina. In a 2015 survey of middle and high school students in North Carolina, 94 percent of respondents said underage drinking is a problem among their friends and classmates.

The NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission launched the Talk It Out NC campaign in 2014. Talk It Out NC encourages parents and teens to stop underage drinking by pledging to maintain open lines of communication, create honest dialog about peer pressure, acknowledge the negative physical effects of alcohol on young brains and discuss the consequences of driving drunk. Visit talkitoutnc.org to get the conversation started.

Notable News

Education News

How Opening a High School on a Rural Peanut Field Altered the Arc of a NC Town — and Doubled the College Degrees in 5 Years : 74million.org

Other News

Hybrid owners would pay new annual fee under NC bill, and electric car owners would pay more , Charlotte Observer: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article229072449.html

House passes fix for student voter-ID issues , Carolina Public Press: https://www.wral.com/fix-proposed-so-student-ids-can-be-used-for-voting/18315594/

Avoid Consumer Fraud and Telemarketing Scams: Telemarketing fraud is annoying and illegal. If you have been a victim of telemarketing fraud, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office. Filing a complaint may stop criminals from victimizing others. Check out the Attorney General’s website which lists some common telephone fraud scams. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from being a victim:

  1. Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry by calling 1-888-382-1222 or go to www.DONOTCALL.gov

  2. Check out these Top Ten Consumer Tips

District News

April District Events

Carolina Connector Intermodal Transportation Facility - an Economic Opportunity (new jobs) for the Twin Cities

2019 Sugar Run - Rocky Mount Family Medical Center

Constituent Recognition

This month, I am recognizing small business owner, Dorea Nunery of Rocky Mount, N.C. Ms. Nunery is the owner of Radiant Delights. Radiant Delights is known for their many fine delicacies including: mini cheesecakes, cookies platters, fruit trays and pinwheel wraps. Their prices are affordable and more importantly, the customer service at Radiant Delights has been rated - "Superb." "Ms. Dorea Nunery, you are an asset to our community. I wish you continued growth and success in your business."

– Representative Gailliard

Representative Gailliard's Upcoming Events

TownHall in June

Representative Gailliard will host the next District-wide mini Townhall in Rocky Mount in June at:

Moe and D's Restaurant Grill

123 Church Street, Rocky Mount

Date: June 14th

6:00pm - 7:00pm

"I look forward to meeting more constituents (of all ages) at my next Townhall. I want to hear your concerns and represent them appropriately during my tenure at the General Assembly."

– Representative Gailliard

Representative James D. Gailliard

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  • Progressive solutions for Rural Issues

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