FINAL 2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION MEMO

The House and Senate returned on Tuesday, July 6th after the long July 4th holiday weekend. Things began in a flurry as the Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate caucused at various times during the day. The Senate recessed at least twice to caucus on amendments to HB 1973, Economic Incentives. The General Statutes Technical (really technical) bill moved out of both chambers (the same) and as of Wednesday we were still waiting to see the budget technical bill, clarifying technical, appointments and the study bill. The House was in Session until 8:00PM on Tuesday, while the Senate adjourned around 6:00PM.

On Wednesday, the House and Senate convened their Sessions at 2:00 PM. The House spent more than 3 hours debating the video sweepstakes ban bill. There was intense lobbying on this issue and in the end the bill (banning video sweepstakes games), passed by a wide margin. They recessed to attend an event and returned at 8:15 PM to vote on the remainder of bills on their calendar. Meanwhile, the Senate met several times to vote on bills, caucus, and hold committee meetings before adjourning for the day at 6:00 PM.

On Thursday, they convened in the morning to try and finish more bills to wind up the Session by Friday/Saturday. The Senate spent much of the day working on just a few bills, including DNA testing of persons arrested, environmental laws, and economic incentives. Some of the bills still pending include technical corrections, budget technical corrections, study bill, government ethics bill, economic incentives bill, clarifying technical corrections, and renewable energy incentives. The House continued its quest through pages of bills and supplemental calendars. Again the day and evening was spent in and out of Session. After the House adjourned the clarifying technical corrections bill was rolled out of Judiciary I for approval. The Senate was the last to finish the day and adjourned around 6:00 PM.

On Friday, both chambers convened at 10:00 AM. They heard a few bills and once again both chambers recessed to go to Committee meetings. House Education met to approved two bills for concurrence. House bill 593 and Senate bill 1248, listed below. By 5:00 PM many of the bills yet to be resolved were being rolled out, while budget technical corrections, was still being negotiated between the House and Senate. The Senate approved SJR 1462, the Adjournment resolution and amended the Friday date to Saturday. They were trying to finish by 2:00AM. They recessed at until after 9:00 PM. The House Appropriations Committee was called to meet at 8:00 PM, one of the final bills, budget technical corrections (SB 1202) was approved and sent to the floor for a House vote and Senate concurrence. Representative Dollar amended the bill to require agencies faced with the possible additional one percent cut to make all savings possible before releasing employees. His amendment passed, but after some discussion, the House voted to reconsider the vote by which his amendment passed, and defeated the amendment the second time around. The amendment was requested by the State Employees Association to try and protect against further layoffs of State employees.

They worked until 5:30 AM when they adjourned Sine Die the 2009 Session of the General Assembly and will return January 26, 2011.

The Governor now has thirty days to sign bills that have passed within 10 days of adjournment, veto the bills, or the bills will become law.

Legislative Session final wrap-up documents will be completed and distributed in the next two to three weeks.

House Committees

Appropriations

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections (title changed) Favorable Report to Committee Substitute.

Education:

SB 593 Change Starting Date of School Calendar (title changed to Modify Good Cause Waivers) Concurred with Senate committee substitute and amendment.

SB 1248 Early Identification& Intervention for At-Risk Students Concurred.

Energy and Energy Efficiency:

HB 1292 University Energy Savings/LEA Operational Leases Concurred in Senate Committee Substitute.

Judiciary I:

HB 1740 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Favorable Report. Referred to House Judiciary II.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

SB 1242 Clarifying Changes to the General Statutes Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

Pensions & Retirement

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court–Ordered Guardianships Favorable Report.

Rules.

SB 900 Studies Act of 2010 Favorable Report Committee Substitute.

State and Local Government

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Favorable Report.

House Floor

SB 593 Modify Good Cause Waivers Concurred.

SB 716 2009 Omnibus Campaign Finance Law Changes Passed 3rd reading after four amendments tightening up various sections and by eliminating the provision requiring a one year time before legislators could enter the lobbying profession.

SB 900 Studies Act of 2010 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading with amendment. Ratified.

SB 1119 Early Education Certification & Consolidation Regulations (Title Changed Early Education Certification).  Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Passed 2nd and 3rd reading as amended.

SB 1199 Establish Regional Planning School Commission (Title Changed) Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1210 Increase Licensure Fees/Athletic Trainers Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1242 Clarifying Changes to the General Statutes Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1248 Early Identification& Intervention for At-Risk Students Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Failed to Concur Conference Committee appointed. Concurred in Conference report. Ratified.

SB 1256 Brevard Academy Retirement Election Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1392 State Health Plan/Court–Ordered Guardianships Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SJR 1462 Adjournment Resolution Concurred. Ratified.

HB 357 School Absence for Religious Holidays (Title Changed) Concurred. Ratified.

HB 213 VSL Nonfamily Sick Leave Donations Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010. Concurred in conference report.

HB 1292 University Energy Savings/LEA Operational Leases Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 1377 Safe Schools Act Concurred. Ratified.

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Concurred. Ratified.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred. Ratified.

Senate Committees

Education:

HB 593 Change School Starting Date (Title Changed) Favorable Report Proposed Committee Substitute.

HB 856 Modify Charter School Law Removed From Agenda.

HB 900 Nutrition Stds./All Foods Sold at School Discussed, no vote taken.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Favorable Report.

Pensions & Retirement & Aging:

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred in Senate Amendment.

Judiciary II:

HB 1377 Taxpayer Optimization Act (Title Changed) Safe Schools Act Concurred in S/Committee Substitute.

Senate Floor

HB 357 School Absence for Religious Holidays (Title Changed) Concurred in PCS. Ratified.

HB 593 Change School Starting Date Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 961 Gov’t Ethics and Campaign Reform Act of 2010 Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Concurred in conference report.

HB 1377 Safe Schools Act Passed 2nd and 3rd reading in PCS.

HB 1726 Improve Child Care Nutrition/Activity Standards Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

HB 1757 Fitness Testing in Schools Ratified

HB 1778 Charter School/Retirement/SHP Election Failed to Concur in PCS.

HB 1973 Keep North Carolina Competitive Act Failed to Concur, Conference Committee appointed. Concurrence in conference report.

HB 2066 Special Retirement Allowances Concurred. Ratified.

SB 716 2010 Ethics and Government Reform Changes Withdrawn from Calendar Re-referred Rules.

SB 1119 Early Education Certification & Consolidation Regulations (Title Changed Early Education   Certification) Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1152 Study Child Nutrition Program Passed 2nd and 3rd reading, Ratified.

SB 1165 General Statutes Comm. Technical Corrections Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1199 Establish Regional Planning School Commission (Title Changed) Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1202 Budget Technical Corrections Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1246 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Concurred. Ratified.

SB 1248 Early Identification & Intervention for At-Risk Students Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SB 1251 State Health Plan/Treat Teachers Equitably Failed Concurrence in House amendment, Conference Committee appointed. Concurred in conference report. Ratified.

SB 1256 Brevard Academy Retirement Election Passed 2nd and 3rd reading. Ratified.

SJR 1462 Adjournment Resolution Passed 2nd and 3rd reading.

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