#1 – Budget work begins this week – Starting Tuesday morning multiple House Appropriations Subcommittees will begin reviewing Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget, available resources and the state’s needs.
The good folks at the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center have done a thorough review of Gov. McCrory’s spending plan and it’s well worth a review of their analysis as budget talks begin:
- K-12 education
- Higher Education
- Health and Human Services
- Natural and Economic Resources
- General Government
- Judicial Branch/Public Safety
- Revenue collections, reversions
You can check out the full Legislative Calendar here.
#2 – A closer look at opiate overdoses – Members of the Senate Committee on Health Care will discuss legislation (Senate Bill 734) Tuesday that would authorize the state health director to prescribe treatment for an overdose with an “opioid antagonist” such as naloxone hydrochloride, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of drug overdoses.
Under this statewide standing order, a family member or friend attempting to assist the person at risk of experiencing an opiate?related overdose would be granted immunity from civil and criminal liability.
The Health Care Committee meets at 11:00 a.m in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building.
#3 – Statewide mobile billboard tour targeting Senator Burr – President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, is among the most qualified people ever to be nominated to the High Court, according to legal observers.
However Sen. Richard Burr and other Senate Republican have made it clear that Judge Garland will not receive a hearing While President Obama remains in office.
This week Progress North Carolina Action will kick off a mobile billboard tour to demand that North Carolina U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis do their jobs, meet with Garland, and hold a hearing on the nomination.
Wednesday, May 4th @ 5:00 p.m. – Pack Square Park
Asheville, North Carolina
Thursday, May 5th @ noon – Guilford County Courthouse
201 S Eugene St, Greensboro, North Carolina
Friday, May 6th @ 3:00 p.m. – Governor’s Mansion
200 N Blount St, Raleigh, North Carolina
Saturday, May 7th @ 4:00 p.m. – Pitt County Courthouse
N 3rd St Between Washington and S Evan St, Greenville, North Carolina
#4. – North Carolina Republican Party State Convention (Friday-Sunday, Greensboro)
Just days after the state GOP replaced its first African-American chairman with former chair Robin Hayes, the party faithful convene in Greensboro for the 2016 North Carolina Republican Party State Convention.
Members will discuss their party platform and the selection of delegates to attend the Republican National Convention this July in Cleveland, OH. North Carolina will be sending 72 Delegates and 69 Alternate Delegates to represent the state.
For more on the Republican Party State Convention, visit: http://ncgopconvention.com/2016-convention-information/agenda/
#5. – Out! Raleigh to Celebrate Sixth Year – Out! Raleigh, the Triangle’s premier outdoor, family-friendly festival recognizing the area’sLGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community and its allies, will return for a sixth year on Saturday in downtown Raleigh.
Last year’s festival brought over 30,000 attendees to town. This year’s festival, themed “#GoAllOUT”, could be much larger with all the focus on the anti-LGBT law HB2, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March.
The Sixth Annual Out! Raleigh Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. More information is available at http://www.outraleigh.org/
#6. – Graduation weekend for NC State University and UNC-CH – Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Thousands of graduates will be picking-up their college diplomas this weekend.
First on Saturday in Raleigh:
Howard, the second most senior officer in the U.S. Navy, has served at sea since 1982. She became the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, USS Rushmore, in 1999.
And on Sunday at UNC-Chapel Hill:
Anne-Marie Slaughter, critically acclaimed author and trailblazing public leader, who made waves with her groundbreaking 2012 article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” will deliver the Commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 8.
A provocative speaker, Slaughter is also a foreign policy expert and public commentator. “Why Women Can’t Have it All,” which was published in The Atlantic, became the most read piece in the history of the magazine. It sparked a renewed national debate about the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality, ultimately spawning her 2015 book “Unfinished Business.”
Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a non-partisan think tank.
Spring Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium.