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What’s happening this week…

Coming up this week, as pro-Amendment One groups begin touring the state, the N.C. Council of Churches provides a comprehensive toolkit to help people of faith working against the anti-gay marriage amendment.  The toolkit offers information on registering to vote as well as how to be a voice in opposition to the May 8th ballot initiative.

The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform will recognize five Forsyth County legislators who supported House Bill 824, Non Partisan Redistricting Reform. Today’s ceremony at Forsyth Technical Community College will honor Republican Representatives Larry Brown, Dale Folwell, and Bill McGee, as well as Democratic Reps. Earline Parmon and Larry Womble.

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations will hold its next meeting. When this commission met in January, members discussed the consolidation of the State Ethics Commission, the Campaign Finance Division of the State Board of Elections, and the Lobbying Division of the Secretary of State’s Office under one entity.

Also on Tuesday at the General Assembly, the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee will be meeting at 1:00pm. Pay for performance and teacher evaluation measures are among the items that will be discussed.

The day after Super Tuesday,  President Barack Obama travels to Charlotte for a speech about the economy.  The President was last in our state in December, when he visited Fort Bragg.

Wednesday also marks the next town hall for House Speaker Thom Tillis.  He’ll be in Forsyth County with Rep. Julia Howard for 6:00pm gathering at Lewisville Elementary School.

Thursday over in Greenville the Out of Control tour continues. N.C. Policy Watch, Democracy North Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies, N.C. AFL-CIO, and Progress North Carolina will discuss how hard-line conservatives are turning back the clock and attempting to turn our state into an ultra-conservative stronghold for the far right.

Thursday you can also look for the U.S. Surgeon General to release a major report on the best practices for keeping young people from starting to smoke. The report comes on the heels of a recent statewide poll that found three out of four North Carolina voters believe that our state should continue to dedicate some of the money it receives from the tobacco settlement to fund the state’s tobacco prevention and control program.

Those are just some of the stories N.C. Policy Watch will be watching this coming week – before the ACC tournament kicks off on Thursday.

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