N.C. Rep. Henson Backing More Bills-Brevard NC

 

April 13, 2017



The Transylvania Times has periodically been updating the bills either sponsored or co-sponsored by Transylvania County’s representatives in Raleigh, N.C. Rep. Cody Henson and N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards.

The following is the latest bills associated with Henson since the last update. The first groups of bills are those in which Henson is a primary sponsor:

•House Bill (HB) 299. If approved, it would make administrative changes to the N.C. State Heath Plan for teachers and state employees.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on State Personnel.

•HB 300: If approved, it would allow a single partially disabled veteran registration plate to be given free of charge to a qualified person. The House has passed the bill, while the Senate has approved it on first reading. It’s currently before the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.


•HB 309: If approved, it would “impose a duty to avoid wanton waste on persons taking wildlife under a depredation permit.” A depredation permit, for example, can be issued to a livestock or poultry owner for coyotes. Wanton waste means killing or crippling a big game animal without making a “reasonable effort to retrieve the animal and properly dispose of it.”

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Wildlife Resources.

•HB 376: If approved, it would make changes to state laws related to subdivision improvement guarantees.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on State and Local Government.

•HB 382: If approved, it would make technical and other changes recommended by the Department of Insurance to the state’s insurance laws

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Insurance.

•HB 383: If approved, it would make certain changes to the state’s insurance laws regarding “own risk and solvency assessments in accordance with a model act of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.”

The House passed the bill on its third reading and it’s now before the Senate.

•HB 429: If approved, it would create a special taxing district for the portion of the city of Saluda within Polk County and levy a 3 percent room occupancy tax.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Finance.

•HB 448: If approved, the bill would clarify the date on which the motor vehicle registration late fee begins to accrue. It would begin to accrue on the 15th day of the month after the month in which registration renewal sticker expires.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Transportation.

•HB 449: If approved, the bill would allow Henderson County to build a law enforcement training center on the Blue Ridge Community College campus.

The House passed the bill on its third reading. The Senate has passed the bill on its first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

•HB 472: If approved, the bill would repeal the continuing education requirement for used motor vehicle dealers, to require the Division of Motor Vehicles to provide notice of rule or regulation changes to licensed motor vehicle dealers, and to require the license and theft bureau of the Division of Motor Vehicles to improve enforcement of the laws governing the transfer of title or interest in a motor vehicle.


The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Transportation.

•HB 491: If approved, the bill would allow Henderson County to change the boundary of certain fire tax districts by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on State and Local Government.

•HB 526: If approved, the bill would require the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a program that would allow individuals to apply for the erection of roadside memorials for immediate family members who died in an automobile accident. The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Transportation.


•HB 598: If approved, the bill would “protect the public from electrical malfunctions at public swimming pools.” The bill references a 17-year-old Enloe High School student in Raleigh who was electrocuted and died this past September when she was working as a lifeguard. The swimming pool’s pump motor failed and a corroded wire prevented circuit breakers from tripping, resulting in the pool’s water becoming electrified.

If the bill becomes law, all public swimming pools would have to ensure that the electrical circuit or receptacle providing power to the pool’s pump motor includes ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Judiciary.

•HB 612: If approved, the bill would allow local school boards to offer a comprehensive firearm education elective course that was developed by the State Board of Education.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Education-K-12.

•HB 702: If approved, the State Board of Community Colleges will waive tuition and registration fees for up to six hours of credit per academic semester for senior citizens.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Education-Community Colleges.

•HB 703: If approved, the bill would increase the criminal penalties for a violation of the felony firearms act and breaking or entering.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Judiciary.

•HB 726: If approved, the bill would repeal the sales and use tax on repairs, maintenance and installation services.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

Henson is also a co-sponsor of the following bills:

•HB 243: If approved, the bill would strengthen opioid misuse prevention. Among other things, the bill would mandate that health care providers and pharmacies prescribing and dispensing opioids register and use the Controlled Substances Reporting System. Currently, participation in the system by physicians is voluntary.

The House passed the bill on third reading. The Senate passed the bill on first reading and it’s now before the Committee on Health.

•HB 247: If approved, the bill would limit community college tuition for reenrolling active duty service members, so that the maximum rate would not exceed available federal tuition assistance.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Appropriations.

•HB 251: If approved, the bill would allow a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit or who is exempt from obtaining a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on UNC and community college campuses.

The House passed the bill on first reading and is currently before the Committee on Judiciary.

•HB 302: If approved, the bill would allow for clinical educators to include educators employed at Department of Defense schools.

The House passed the bill on third reading. The Senate passed the bill on first reading, and it’s currently before the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

•HB 387: If approved, the bill would provide a source of funding and assistance for small food retailers, with the goal of increasing the availability and sales of fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-dense food at affordable prices to local residents.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Agriculture.

•HB 481: If approved, it would restore the original revenue distribution structure of the N.C. Education Lottery.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Appropriations.

•HB 485: If approved, the bill would have the UNC and state community college systems adopt a policy to require that a student who is a National Guard service member placed on active duty status be given an excused absence while on active duty and to provide additional options to the student for completion or withdrawal from classes that will not penalize the student academically.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Education-Community Colleges.

•HB 486: If approved, the bill would broaden the National Guard tuition assistance program to cover students enrolled in an approved professional certification program. The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Education-Community Colleges.

•HB 487: If approved, the bill would clarify the National Guard reemployment rights and extend the reemployment application period for National Guard members who have incurred an injury during state active duty.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs.

•HB 489: If approved, the bill would authorize a local director of social services to determine if a juvenile who alleged to have been abused, neglected or dependent has an association with the military and to share that information with the appropriate military authorities.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Health.

•HB 493: If approved, the bill would combine the functions of the State Board of Barber Examiners and the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Regulatory Reform.

•HB 495: If approved, the bill would increased funding for instructional resources, including textbooks, instructional supplies and equipment, and allow school administrations the flexibility to spend these funds on the resources they believe are most important.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Appropriations.

•HB 497: If approved, the bill would provide a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for members of the teachers’ and state employees’ retirement system, the local governmental employees’ retirement system, the consolidated judicial retirement system and the legislative retirement system. The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Appropriations.

•HB 506: If approved, the bill would create the felony offense for chemical endangerment of a child.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Health.

•HB 540: If approved, the bill would authorize a $2,400 pay increase, effective July 1, to all teachers and state employees earning less than $100,000. The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Appropriations.

•HB 551: If approved, the bill would amend the law and the state Constitution to provide “better protections and safeguards” to victims of crime.

The House passed the bill on first reading and it’s currently before the Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House.

All bills do not become law until passed by the House and Senate, are ratified, and, if required, signed by the governor.

For more information about these bills and others, go to http://www.ncleg.net.

 
 

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