S116 Passes N.C. House, Addresses Staffing and Tax Relief issues

We have all heard stories from businesses that are unable to fill job vacancies because of a lack of workers. Unfortunately, this deficit in the workforce leaves many of these businesses unable to operate or critically short-staffed . The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) reports that restaurants in North Carolina are down about …

N.C. House Passes Bill To Bring Broadband Access To The Most Rural Areas Of N.C.

Since the passage of the first Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (G.R.E.A.T.) broadband legislation in 2018, North Carolina has been making progress toward filling in access gaps with about $64 million allocated to projects to date.  Broadband is considered an essential infrastructure now more than ever. Over the past year, it has become …

House Receives Abortion Survival Protection Act from the Senate

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Senate has sent Senate Bill 405 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." to the N.C. House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. S405 would require medical providers to employ the same duty of care for children born alive after attempted abortions that they would for any other child of the same gestational …

House Approves Bill to Prevent Governor from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccine Raleigh, NC – Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved House Bill 572, “No Vaccine Mandate by EO, Rule, or Agency,” which was introduced by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort). The legislation was approved by a bipartisan vote of 75-38. It now …

Representative Hall Files Uniformed Heroes Voting Act

Raleigh, NC – Representatives D. Hall (R-Caldwell), McNeill (R-Moore, Randolph), C. Smith (R-Columbus, Pender) and Miller (R-Brunswick, New Hanover) have filed HB 807 “Uniformed Heroes Voting Act.” During the 2020 election cycle, two uniformed law enforcement officers were denied their right to vote simply because they arrived at the polling place wearing their uniforms. According …

N.C. House Passes Legislation to Aid Veterans Suffering from Mental Illness

House Bill 370 "No Veteran Left Behind Act" appropriates funds to The Independence Fund, Inc., to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention program by working with law enforcement departments in several counties. The Independence Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their …

N.C. House Passes Bill to Exempt PPP Loan Expenses From State Taxes

Raleigh N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed HB334 Temp Align PPP Treatment to Federal Treatment. House Bill 334 would, for the 2020 tax year only, allow individual and corporate taxpayers an income tax deduction for expenses paid using a loan forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program. Generally, federal tax law treats …

Representative Hall Files Bill to Restart Inmate Litter Cleanup Program

Raleigh N.C. – Representative Hall has filed House Bill 549 Reinstate Inmate Litter Crews. If signed into law, this bill would reinstate the previously defunded program that paid inmates from the N.C. Department of Corrections to pick up trash along highways. North Carolina has recently seen a substantial uptick in litter on our roads. After …