Two days to go! Two bills I sponsored - SB 258 – can’t raise assessments. SB 378 – eliminate CEO position - have both passed out of House committees and hopefully will receive votes on the House floor.
HB 727 – Fireworks Regulations – was amended by the Senate and local governments can shut down their use at 10pm by local ordinance.
HB 1036 – Established a moratorium on eminent domain powers for oil pipeline construction.
HB 588 – Restricted and regulated the sale of drugs containing substances that can be used to make methamphetamine.
HB 739 – Requires local boards of education to establish a review and recommendation process for any locally approved instructional materials and content that are adopted or used by the local system, subject to the same notice requirements of the state.
HB 951 – Super Bowl sales tax exemption and back to school sales tax holiday. Estimated revenue estimates from a Super Bowl other than ticket sales is $400 million. This bill would also apply to other non-recurring major sporting events that were expected to generate $50 million or more in revenue. State cost $5 million.
HB 755 – A person can only receive a glasses or contact lens prescription after he or she has had a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
HB 768 – ABLE Act – I carried this piece of legislation and it allows savings accounts for living expenses for individuals with disabilities incurred prior to age 26. They can have up to $235,000 in an account and the earnings are tax free.
HB 920 – Restricts civil actions against passive investors (no operation responsibility) in nursing homes and intermediate care homes. I disqualified myself because I am a passive investor.
HB 238 – Income tax cut – I was a sponsor of the Senate bill that we stuck in here. It was our attempt to give back about 25 percent of the $1 billion annual state revenue increase we have been experiencing.
North Carolina is our economic development competitor and they have taken a similar action over the past three years and still maintain their AAA bond rating.
HB 801 – Allows computer science classes to be included for HOPE and gives an additional credit towards HOPE for taking Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM courses) in high school.
HB 757 – Religious freedom compromise – key words – no invidious (hateful) discrimination on grounds prohibited by federal or state law. We must recognize gay marriage even though many of us do not believe in it. Faith based institutions should not fear loss of their non-profit status due to their religious beliefs. Bottom line for me – lawsuits will continue and now we have given the court a framework to rule on versus just letting the court start from scratch. Maybe increased tolerance will be fostered based on this debate. Hopefully we will move on to education, transportation, healthcare, and governance issues.
Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
Senator Fran Millar