Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Greetings From Raleigh 02-09-07

Legislators have been working in Raleigh for slightly over two weeks and our to-do list continues to grow. We received additional briefings on the budget this week with specific emphasis on the growing needs of our state’s mental health services and criminal justice system. These briefings will help us as we begin work in the coming weeks on drafting a two-year budget.

So far this session, close to 250 bills have been introduced in the House and Senate on a wide range of topics related to education, health care, public safety, taxes, the environment, improving our economy, and local projects across the state. I have introduced a major renewable energy bill.

On a lighter note, members of the House and Senate honored the two-time national championship Appalachian State University football team on Tuesday. Mrs. Hughlene Frank, of Greensboro, a member of the ASU Board of Trustees, was in attendance. The Mountaineers defeated the University of Massachusetts on December 15, 2006, by a score of 28-17. The players, coaches, athletic staff, and families also attended a special celebration at the Governor’s mansion.

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