· House Bill 784 would change the age from 17 to 18 for which a person can be convicted of first-degree murder.
· House Bill 785 would require law enforcement officers to provide more information to district attorneys for discovery.
· House Bill 787 would eliminate capital punishment for conviction of felony murder.
· House Bill 788 would try to eliminate racial bias in death penalty cases.
I also introduced HB 838, which would ban incandescent light bulbs as of January 1, 2016. Energy consumed by these light bulbs in the
HB 837, which I filed for funding for the State Energy Office, will enable the continuation of projects on renewable energy and energy efficiency. These projects have been operating out of NC A&T, ASU, and across the state.
Below are several additional bills that have been introduced in the House or Senate during the last week (the * indicates that I was a co-sponsor of that Bill):
· House Bill 583 would modify the requirements for participation in a community college lateral entry program.
· House Bill 625 would add more personnel who may treat patients under the mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services statutes.
· House Bill 630* would allow leftover tuition assistance program funds to be used to help pay outstanding student loans for members of the North Carolina National Guard.
· House Bill 668 would appropriate funds for a grant program to renovate former school buildings for use by lower income communities.
· House Bill 675* would authorize the Legislative Research Commission to study the definition of child care and the potential need to regulate after-school programs.
· House Bill 693* would give teachers credit for the excess personal leave time that they earn and ensure that teachers can take personal leave with five days' notice.
· House Bill 694 would appropriate funds to create a free online homework help program for all
· House Bill 702 would amend the state constitution to increase General Assembly members' terms from two to four years.
· House Bill 718* would appropriate funds to implement an awareness program on youth suicide.
· House Bill 760* would allow the regulation of smoking at
· House Bill 764* would require that sex offenders register their e-mail address or other online identifiers in the statewide sex offender registry.
· House Bill 773 would protect members of the United States Armed Forces from dishonest and predatory life insurance and annuity sales practices.
· House Bill 853 would ban corporal punishment in all public schools.
· Senate Bill 706 would appropriate $7.1 million over the coming two fiscal years to the Office of Rural Health to help recruit obstetricians and other physicians to practice in underserved parts of the state.
· Senate Bill 709 would encourage public schools, community colleges and the
· Senate Bill 712 would require insurers to cover extra prescription refills during states of emergency or disasters.
· Senate Bill 812 would require that all public school buses purchased, leased, or contracted for use after July 2008 be equipped with combination lap-shoulder seat belts.
I look forward to the comments and concerns my constituents express each week regarding the work in the North Carolina Legislature. I will continue to be diligent in my efforts to improve the quality of life for those of you in District 57,