On the opening day of the 2013 session, House and Senate member filed more than 50 bills – including three constitutional amendments, rejection of Medicaid expansion, and legislation to make the state superintendent of public instruction an appointed position.
Here are just a few of the bills worth noting from Day One:
- House Bill 4 – UI Fund Solvency & Program Changes.
- House Bill 5 – Temporary Funding Extension for Group Homes.
- House Bill 6 – NC Right to Work/Secret Ballot Amendments. (proposed constitutional amendment)
- House Bill 7 – Eugenics Compensation Program. ($50,000 lump sum)
- House Bill 8 – Eminent Domain.(proposed constitutional amendment)
- House Bill 9 – Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits.(proposed constitutional amendment)
- House Bill 16 – No N.C. Exchange/No Medicaid Expansion. (= S4)
- House Bill 17 – Gun Permits/Restaurants & Confidentiality.
- Senate Bill 12 – Appoint Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- Senate Bill 23 – Tobacco Free Community Colleges.
Also on Wednesday, Rep. Julia Howard rejected a suggestion by Rep. Paul Luebke that lawmakers have more time to read a 70-page bill filed earlier in the day to dramatically change the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system and the level of benefits paid out.
Critic of this legislation note if the cuts go into effect on July 1st as proposed, 80,000 North Carolina workers would become ineligible for federal benefits. This would result in the state losing $25M per week in federal money that is injected into the state’s economy.
House Bill 4 will get its first hearing Thursday in the House Finance Committee (Room 544 LOB). Click below to hear the exchange between Howard and Luebke: