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5 things you don’t want to miss this week on Jones Street (video)

  • Moral Monday resumes – The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement return to Raleigh this afternoon standing up for environmental and health justice. The Moral Monday Rally and Action begins at 5:00 p.m. on Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly. Look for plenty of reaction tonight to the Senate’s budget proposal that the House will take up this week. Senate President Phil Berger calls it an education budget, but Senate Minority Whip Josh Stein points out that plenty of groups will be hurt by the Senate’s spending plan:
  • School Safety and student prayer – On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. the House Education Committee will meet to discuss legislation (House Bill 1062) that will require each local school district to prepare schematic diagrams of their schools and provide keys to the main entrance of all school facilities to local law enforcement agencies. Members will also discuss: Respect for Student Prayer/Religious Activity (Senate Bill 370). The committee meets at 10:00 a.m. in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.
  • Common Core – On Wednesday, legislators will consider Senator Dan Soucek and Jerry Tillman’s bill to replace the Common Core. Senate Bill 812 would reject the Common Core standards and establish a new study commission that will create standards that are specific to North Carolina. Members will also discuss Senate Bill 815 – Ensuring privacy of student records. The meeting gets underway at 10:00 a.m. in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building.
  • Medicaid Expansion – Last year the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory decided to reject federal money to expand Medicaid in our state. This decision means that over 500,000 individuals and working families in our state will go without health care and will remain in a coverage gap. It also means that since January 1, 2014, North Carolina has rejected $4.9 million per day that would provide coverage to 500,058 uninsured individuals. This Wednesday those advocating for Medicaid expansion will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the legislature.
  • Fracking Friday – The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission meets for the first time since lawmakers lifted the moratorium on fracking in North Carolina. Their meeting gets underway at 8:00 a.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, Raleigh.

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