HB 2389, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (with Reps Insko (D-Orange), Wright (D-New Hanover), and Glazier (D-Cumberland). This bill would provide $5million in funding for low income folks with AIDS and increase the eligibility requirement to 300% of the federal poverty level. Currently, if you make more than $11,800 a year, you cannot qualify for assistance for drugs that cost more than $13,000 a year, the lowest eligibility requirement in the nation. This bill would bring us up to the level of our neighboring states and provide the money for the additional recipients.
HB 2386, Public Health Integrated Automation Funds. At the request of our county health departments, Rep.Verla Insko (D-Orange) and I filed this bill to provide matching funds to our county health departments to upgrade their IT systems.
HB 2697, Increase Compulsory Education Age (with Reps. Fisher (D-Buncombe), Parmon (D-Forsyth), and Womble (D-Forsyth ), which would raise the compulsory age of education from 16-18. Our dropout rate is well above the average, and this bill would help address that issue.
HB 2499, Coltrane Music Hall Funds (I have signed on as a primary sponsor)