Friday, June 23, 2006

Visitors At The Legislature This Week 6-23-06

On Tuesday, more than a hundred women participated in Women’s Advocacy Day, an annual event hosted by North Carolina Women United. At a morning news conference, the speakers urged lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, increase health care access for families, provide adequate funding for rape crisis centers, and pass lobbying reform. They also encouraged more women to become engaged in the political process. N.C. Women United is a nonprofit coalition of more than 40 organizations working to achieve equality for women in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Association of Realtors, Inc. visited the General Assembly on Wednesday to advocate for a strong real estate industry through an increase in the N.C. Housing Trust Fund and to oppose some provisions of the Senate stormwater management bill, meant to protect sensitive coastal waters. This will prove to be a major sticking point in the bill’s consideration.

The Apartment Association of North Carolina (pdf) came to discuss methamphetamine labs in rental housing and why legislation should be passed to prosecute the perpetrator in these crimes rather than any “responsible party” including the owner.

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