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2024 Personal News

Representative Ted Davis Receives CFPUA Resolution of Appreciation

I am very proud to receive a Resolution of Appreciation from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) for my work to support legislation and appropriations to protect our community from environmental contamination from polluters and to advance critical water and sewer infrastructure projects for Southeastern North Carolina.

2024 General News

Providence Preparatory Acadamy

On February 13, I had the privilege of addressing senior high school students at the Providence Preparatory Acadamy located at Eastwood Community Church. I spoke on why I became involved in politics, my responsibilities and duties as a State Representative, bills and appropriations that I have worked on since being in the Legislature, and my vision on how you can make a difference. I was very encouraging to address engaging individuals that will be our future leaders.   

North Carolina Has 3 of the Best Cities in Terms of Health for Black Women in America

CityLab has ranked Greensboro #1, Raleigh #6, and Charlotte #10 in their list of the top 10 cities in terms of health for black women in America. Healthy living is crucial and these cities embrace opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. 

Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities of 2024

Milken Institute ranks Raleigh #2 when it comes to the best-performing large cities of 2024 in the United States. Cities were ranked as best-performing metropolitan areas because they offer high wages, plentiful jobs, a (relative) low cost of living, and thriving tech sectors - making them economic models for the rest of the nation. 

North Carolina Receives High Ranking in States to Start a Business in 2024  

Forbes Magazine has ranked North Carolina fifth in the country as one of the best states to start a business in 2024. The Forbes report is geared toward "entrepreneurs considering where to launch their businesses." The ranking encapsulates a variety of factors, such as population demographics; tax considerations; the rate of small business growth; and the availability of funding. The key entrepreneurial metrics for North Carolina were: $125 for a small-business formation fee; a 77% survival rate; $22,000 in grants and incentives for small businesses; 0.96% cost of living index; and 65% of the population being of working age.  

North Carolina State Tax Rate Reduced in 2024

The new year brings another positive for North Carolina families. The individual income tax rate has dropped from 4.75% to 4.50%. This continues the trend by our Republican-led Legislature of helping  our state's citizens with lower tax rates, allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned income,

2023 Personal News

Representative Ted Davis Receives Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance Legislative Champion Award

I am the recipient of the 2023 Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) Legislative Champion Award for my efforts to include 8 new positions for the State Bureau of Investigation in the North Carolina Budget to assist and engage in Organized Retail Crime Investigations at the request of local law enforcement.

 Representative Ted Davis Receives Award for Conservative Achievement 

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Foundation's Center for Legislative Accountability ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual's life. They begin with their philosophy, which is conservatism is the political philosophy that sovereignty resides in the person, and then apply the essential role of government, which is to defend Life, Liberty and Property. I am proud to have received their Award for Conservative Achievement. CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp stated "We hope these ratings will empower each and every American to hold their officials accountable and to rally behind the conservative champions who defend our freedoms in statehouses across the country." 

Representative Ted Davis Receives a Grade of "A" by the Affordable Healthcare Coalition of North Carolina 

The Affordable Healthcare Coalition of North Carolina is a statewide coalition of businesses, organizations, and individuals who are concerned about the rising cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. I received a grade of "A" for my commitment to policies that will make quality healthcare more affordable for individuals, families, and businesses in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Recognizes Representative Ted Davis as a 2023 Defender of Public Safety 

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association has recognized Representative Ted Davis as a 2023 Defender of Public Safety for the important work done during the 2023 legislative session to protect public safety in North Carolina. During a session which saw a heavy concentration of law enforcement and public safety related bills, Representative Davis dedicated time and effort during the session advocating for law enforcement issues important to the Association which impact the office of sheriff, local communities and the State. “Representative Davis has been a valuable partner in the recent legislative session, supporting the legislative priorities of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association which is a voice for all 100 sheriffs in the State,” said Sheriff Darren Campbell, President of the Association. “As a result, our sheriffs have new tools we can use to protect our communities such as new laws intended to protect our electric power grid, stop dangerous street takeovers by motor vehicle gangs, and some which will allow us to better address the growing fentanyl crisis many of us see in our communities. We are better equipped today than we were yesterday to protect the lives, liberties, and property of North Carolina’s citizens.”

Representative Ted Davis Jr.’s Strong Pro-Growth Voting Record Recognized by NC’s Leading Statewide Business Advocate as a NC Chamber 2023 Jobs Champion

The NC Chamber has named Representative Ted Davis Jr. a 2023 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report. How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records during the 2023 legislative session on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the global race for jobs. This is the tenth consecutive recognition of Representative Davis as a Jobs Champion. “As we work to maintain our status as the top state for business, North Carolina’s job creators need to know which of our leaders are willing to act to keep us competitive,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “The bold leadership displayed by Representative Davis and other NC Chamber Jobs Champions in 2023 will help our businesses continue to invest in North Carolina and its people. We look forward to continuing to work with Representative Davis in the year ahead to foster continued growth and success across our communities.”

2023 General News

North Carolina Named a Leading State for Evidence Based Decision Making

Results for America has recognized North Carolina as a national leader in using data and evidence to guide decision-making and investing taxpayer dollars in programs that work. Results for America is a national nonprofit that promotes evidence-based policymaking. Its newly released 2023 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence highlights advances in evidence-based grantmaking, budgeting and direct services, and identifies efforts to build and use evidence and data to achieve better, more equitable results for residents.

North Carolina was one of five Leading States, and highlights of its data-driven work include: investing $1 million for high-impact research and evaluation projects on topics including student and teacher outcomes, workforce development, and domestic violence; requiring agencies to include in their strategic plans priority needs for new evidence to help design and implement effective solutions in the future; developing public participation plans to involve communities across the state in environmental policy concerns and to increase transparency in government decision-making; and holding a statewide listening tour to collect public feedback on digital equity plans.

More People Are Moving To North Carolina

More people are moving to North Carolina, according to a report from U-Haul. In 2023, the moving company ranked North Carolina #3 in terms of people moving in. Folks are moving here because of their jobs, lower taxes, and real estate availability. North Carolina's top growth markets include Wilmington, Charlotte, Asheville and Wake Forest. 

Why Are So Many People Moving To North Carolina

SEKA Moving has reported in an article about why so many people are moving to North Carolina. The article included: “The allure is clear and compelling. A cost of living that respects your wallet. A job market brimming with opportunities. An education system that promises a bright future for our young ones. And let’s not forget – an unbeatable quality of life teeming with outdoor adventures and cultural attractions.” “Folks are taking the plunge and relocating to North Carolina, with its budget-friendly expenses, thriving job market with plentiful job openings and career change possibilities, topnotch schooling system, and unparalleled lifestyle.” The state’s natural beauty and diverse landscapes are also mentioned.

New Businesses as of August 31, 2023

Thanks to our GOP-led legislature for policies that foster creativity and a willingness to start new businesses, North Carolina’s entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has reported that the state set a record with more than 30,000 new businesses created during the period of July and August 2023, higher than any other July or August on record. The number for August was 16,133, while July’s number was 14,324. As of August 31, there are more than 121,000 (or 720 per business day) new business creations for the year, leaving the state to be on pace to have the second-highest year on record for job creation. For context, Marshall said it translates to a 76% growth for new businesses compared to 2019. The state has also seen historic levels of annual report filings with more than 550,000 between January 1 and August 31, 70,000 more than the same period last year.

North Carolina Named America's Top State for Business in 2023 

North Carolina tops CNBC’s state business competitiveness rankings for the second year in a row as workers flock to take advantage of a booming economy, world-class workforce, and the growing operations of companies within the state. North Carolina ranks first in the all-important Workforce category of CNBC’s study. In particular, the state is a leader in attracting and retaining talent across a range of industries, said Josh Wright, an executive vice president with labor market analytics firm Lightcast, which provided some of the data for the CNBC study.

Wilmington International Airport Ranks #1 in North Carolina and #3 in America for Growth

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) continues to significantly grow and thrive. From January to September 2023, all airlines are showing, and projecting, positive growth at ILM and seat growth in the market +32%. This rapid growth in seating makes ILM the fasted growing airport in North Carolina for the first three quarters of this year. Also, ILM is the 3rd fastest growing airport in the entire country.

American, Avelo, Delta, and United airlines were here last year and increased capacity at ILM and Sun Country joined the list of airline offerings in 2023. In the past year alone, 9 new stops were announced at ILM. Vice-Chair of the County Commission, LeAnn Pierce, stated “The increase in passengers and flights to and from ILM is a reflection of our community’s continued progress. Travelers see our county as a fun and vibrant place to visit, while businesses have realized the opportunity for economic success that our community offers. As a representative on the Airport Authority Board, I’m excited that ILM remains a key economic driver for our region, and we look forward to even greater things in the coming years.” Spruill Thompson, New Hanover County Airport Authority Chair added, “The NCDOT estimated ILM’s economic impact to be $2.5 Billion. With ILM’s growth, this impact increases and our entire economy benefits.”

The City of Wilmington in the Top 10 Rankings of Best-Performing Cities

The City of Wilmington is number 7 on this year’s Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities rankings. Wilmington stands out for its robust wage and job growth numbers – wages were up 44 percent between 2016 and 2021, the report says. The area's economy is shifting from being primarily tourism-driven to being more diverse "with an emphasis on professional services and education."

Best Sports Business Cities

Sports Business Journal produced a list of the top 50 Best Sports Cities for the opportunity to conduct sports business. These 50 cities are home to multiple tenured franchises, events, modern venues, sponsors, agencies, media partners and other critical vendors, located within reasonable proximity of each other so they can visit and knock out meetings with multiple organizations without overspending on hotel and meals. They also foster a climate of support from their residents, businesses and local governments. They have to be affordable to visit and/or live in factoring in labor costs, per diems and insurance, tax rebates and logistics for clients and attendees. And they need to offer intangibles that are intrinsic to doing business, such as personal safety, quality hospitality and entertainment options. North Carolina was well represented in that Charlotte was ranked #3, Raleigh #22, and Greensboro #35.

North Carolina Has 2 Cities Ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Live in the United States

Raleigh-Durham is #3 and Charlotte is #8 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the 150 best places to live in the United States. Rankings are based on an analysis of public data and user opinions. To top the list, a place must earn high scores in criteria such as desirability, job market, and quality of life.

North Carolina One of America's Most Fun States

WalletHub has reported that North Carolina ranked the second most fun state in the Southeast and the 15th most fun state in the country. For example, North Carolina hosted nearly 45 million visitors in 2021 according to the NC Department of Commerce. States were ranked based on variety and cost-effective options for entertainment and nightlife. North Carolina’s restaurants, fitness centers, and golf courses all ranked among the top 10 most fun in the country. Researchers in the study considered ideal weather, amusement parks, and access to scenic byways and national parks, among others. The following is how North Carolina ranked per capita on individual metrics, from 1 (most fun) to 25 (average): 8th for Restaurants, 9th for Fitness Centers, 10th for Golf Courses & Country Clubs, 16th for Amusement Parks, 19th for Movie Theaters, and 29th for Performing-Arts Theaters. Some of the biggest attractions so far in 2023 include rapper J Cole’s Dreamville festival that brought 100,000 fans from 23 countries to the state capital, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Outer Banks and surrounding islands, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte FC and NC Courage, and NC State Fair.

North Carolina Ranks in the Best City for U.S. Service Members to Start a Business

PenFed Foundation ranked Raleigh #1 among the top 20 cities for former U.S. service members to start a business. The report considered and weighed a range of factors, including tax rates; available government contract dollars; inflation; home prices; new business openings; bankruptcies; venture capital deals; business survival rates; and financial and relational support for veterans. 

North Carolina Ranks in the Best Cities in the US for Veterans

Wallet Hub has released their rankings of "Best 50 Cities in the US for Veterans". Wallet Hub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 19 metrics, ranging from the share of military skill-related jobs to housing affordability and VA health facilities. North Carolina was well represented with 4 cities being ranked in the top 50. In fact, Raleigh was ranked the Number One city in the nation for veterans based on its high marks for its economy and employment rate for veterans. Raleigh also scored well when it comes to quality of life. Raleigh also had the fewest homeless veterans population per capita. Charlotte was ranked 26th, Durham 35th, and Greensboro 48th. Winston-Salem was just outside the top 50 with a ranking 51st. North Carolina is truly a military-friendly state, and we continue to demonstrate our appreciation for the service of our active-duty and veterans.

North Carolina Ranked for Educational Freedom

The conservative Heritage Foundation ranked North Carolina 14th place in its annual rankings for educational freedom.

“North Carolina does exceptionally well in giving families the freedom to choose among private schools and charter schools, as well as other learning environments, especially since expanding its K–12 education savings account (ESA) policy so that all families can use ESAs to customize the education of their children,” Heritage Foundation said. “North Carolina could improve its ranking by boosting participation in its K–12 ESAs, making it easier for charter schools to open and operate, removing excessive regulations on homeschooling families, and giving families a choice of traditional public schools beyond their assigned school.” Heritage Foundation gave North Carolina kudos for passing a Parents Bill of Rights, which increased the state’s transparency score. The state would likely have performed even better this year, but the Heritage Foundation finalized their list before the state adopted a significant expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program. The adoption of that expansion will be reflected in next year’s rankings.

“We always want rankings to reflect that North Carolina is a national leader, but the fact that we rank #14 in these rankings indicates how quickly educational transparency and school choice have swept the nation post-Covid,” said Donald Bryson, CEO of the John Locke Foundation. “I look forward to seeing the Old North State’s ranking increase in 2024 when our universalized Opportunity Scholarships are calculated. Nonetheless, it’s clear that opponents of educational freedom across the nation may as well be trying to stop the tides.”

North Carolina Ranked #4 Biotech Hub

North Carolina is the #4 ranked biotech hub state in the country. The Research Triangle is fast-becoming a place where biotech companies feel good about locating and expanding. There are 790 life sciences companies and 2,500 related service providers calling it home. The biggest names in pharma—Biogen, Novartis, Pfizer and more—have space there. The region is also ranked No. 3 in National Institutes of Health funding and is a leader in biologics manufacturing. 

North Carolina #2 State for Women Entrepreneurs

The overall favorable business climate the GOP-led legislative majority has fostered through common-sense policies is proving to be favorable to women interested in owning their own businesses, according to a new report. New geographic data from a study sponsored by Wells Fargo focused on where and why women-owned businesses flourish or falter. North Carolina secured the second spot, trailing behind New York. “North Carolina provides various services, including access to financing, training, and marketing support,” read the study. “The state shows a solid upward trend in the growth of firms. Its employment and revenue share rank it in the top 10 women-owned businesses, significantly contributing to North Carolina’s economy.”

North Carolina Receives Site Selection 2023 Prosperity Cup

A favorable business climate after a decade of conservative legislative leadership continues to shape our state’s very attractive economic identity. For the third year in a row, North Carolina is the winner of Site Selection magazine’s top honor for economic development, the 2023 Prosperity Cup, which recognizes the competitiveness of state-level economic development agencies and their success in landing capital investment projects. The award comes after the state set records for the value of economic development projects, as well as number of jobs created. North Carolina landed a state record of 151 projects, commitments of more than 27,000 jobs and investments totaling $15.58 billion.

 North Carolina Receives 2023 Platinum Shovel Award

Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, has recognized 21 states in 2023 with its Annual Shovel Awards, which are presented each year to the states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and company capital investment. In addition, in recognition of the fact that North Carolina went beyond the Gold Shovel standard, it is being recognized for its achievements with their Platinum Shovel Award for “attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in our communities.” This is the second Platinum Shoval Award for our state.

NC Ranked #2 for 2023 Economic Outlook

A decade of tax reform has propelled North Carolina to the top of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s list among states for economic outlook, behind only Utah, in the 2023 edition of the Rich States, Poor States index. The economic outlook factors are “influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process.” The measures include personal and corporate income tax rates, sales taxes, minimum wage, worker’s compensation, public employees per 10,000 of population, and tax expenditure limits, among others. “Generally speaking, states that spend less – especially on income transfer programs – and states that tax less – particularly on productive activities such as working or investing – experience higher growth rates than states that tax and spend more,” according to the report, authored by economists Arthur Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams.

North Carolina Ranked 5th for Best States for Small Business

Fintech company Lendio has put the Tar Heel State fifth in its 2023 rankings of best states for small business. The list cites North Carolina’s rapid population growth, above-average small business survival rate, and low corporate tax rate of 3% as leading factors in its rankings. “North Carolina has been a hot place for in-migration, with 99,796 people moving there in 2022 (the 3rd highest in the U.S.),” the report says. “With low housing costs, business owners find it an attractive location to start and run a small business.”

North Carolina Ranked for States Regarding Small Business Survival Rates

According to business credit card firm Capital on Tap and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina is ranked in the Top 10 of states as regards small business survival rates. The Tar Heel State’s small business 3-year survival rate is 61.91 percent.

North Carolina Cities Receive High Rankings for Best Places in America to Start a Business

According to a new 2023 study from Charlotte-based financial services firm LendingTree, Raleigh is the best place among the nation’s 100 largest metros to start a business. Charlotte is second and Durham is third. The rankings took into consideration various factors, which included business climate, entrepreneurship, and local economy.  

North Carolina Ranked 4th on Annual List of “Best States for Business”

Chief Executive magazine ranks North Carolina 4th on its annual list of “Best States for Business”. The magazine emphasized North Carolina's technology sector, higher education research universities, Charlotte's economic prowess and economic-development incentives. It’s a testament to the prudent conservative fiscal policies of the GOP legislative majority, such as savings vs debt and lower taxes vs tax increases.

Best Place to Start a Business

North Carolina ranks well on the 2023 list of “Best Place to Start a Business” by financial information and news site WalletHub. Among 100 big cities across the United States, Durham was #5, Charlotte was #8, Raleigh was #11, Winston-Salem was #13, and Greensboro was #48. North Carolina’s favorable business climate continues to be strong, in large part due to the conservative economic policies passed by our GOP-led legislature.

2022 Personal News

Representative Ted Davis named 2022 Jobs Champion by the NC Chamber

Representative Ted Davis has been named by the NC Chamber as a 2022 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report. How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs.

"I am very proud to have received my nineth consecutive recognition as a Jobs Champion, which has been given annually except for 2018, by the North Carolina Chamber" stated Davis. “I continue to be pro-business and have repeatedly supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring employment opportunities for those who live in North Carolina. I remain committed to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in our great state.”

Representative Ted Davis Receives Firefighter's Friend Award

I am very proud to have received the 2022 Firefighter's Friend Award from the North Carolina State Firefighters' Association for my support of the Firefighter Cancer Insurance Act passed during the 2021 Long Legislative Session, as well as my efforts to limit the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS. I have always supported, and will continue to support, the brave men and women who protect us from the harm and destruction caused by fires, and I thank them for their service.

Representative Ted Davis Receives Domestic Violence Legislative Excellence Award

For years I have been a Domestic Violence Shelter and Services "Father for Hope" to serve as a positive role model working to end such abuse.  As a member of the State House, I have also supported legislation to combat domestic violence. For example, during the 2022 Short Legislative Session I was the Primary Sponsor for House Bill 615, entitled "Jordan's Law", which addresses the previous problem of how to protect a victim during the time after a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) has expired, the victim has timely filed a Motion to renew it, and a hearing is conducted on that Motion.  Now a Judge can temporarily renew a DVPO upon the timely filing of a Motion To Renew.  This protects the victim of domestic violence from the time that the original DVPO expires until the Motion To Renew can be heard by the Court. As a result of my involvement with Jordan's Law, I am very proud to have been awarded the 2022 NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Excellence Award.

Representative Ted Davis Recognized as a 2022 Champion of the Family

I have been recognized by the NC Values Coalition as a 2022 “Champion of the Family”, having received their highest score of A+ for being pro-life; pro-family; and pro-religious liberty. I am very proud of this recognition, which is based on my supporting these conservative issues in the General Assembly.

Representative Ted Davis Receives NFIB Pro-Business Recognition

In addition to Pro-business recognition by the NC Chamber and the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, I have also been recognized again by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which is the nation's leading small business advocacy organization. During the 2021-2022 Legislative Session of the General Assembly, I had a 100% voting record on key small-business issues. I support small businesses because they promote a positive environment for getting employment opportunities in North Carolina. I am committed to helping small businesses recover safely and fully from the pandemic so that they can grow and flourish in our great State.

Representative Ted Davis Receives Wrightsville Beach Appreciation Award

I am very proud to have received a 2022 Appreciation Award from the Town of Wrightsville Beach “in recognition and sincere appreciation for dedicated service and representation for the citizens of Wrightsville Beach” while serving in the North Carolina General Assembly. This recognition means a lot to me because I grew up at Wrightsville Beach in the summer, and I have many fond memories of my time there. I have been representing Wrightsville Beach since I went to the State House, and I have been able to successfully obtain various legislation and appropriations at their request. We have a great relationship and I look forward to continuing to work with the Town in the future.

 Representative Ted Davis Receives Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance Legislative Champion Award

I am the recipient of the 2022 Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) Champion Award for being a Primary Sponsor of House Bill 1005, entitled Organized Retail Theft, and a supporter of the companion Senate Bill 766. Both Bills passed their respective chambers. The decision was made to proceed with the Senate Bill, which passed the House, and was signed by the Governor. This legislation secures funding in the Budget for the State Bureau of Investigation to assist with Organized Retail Crime Investigations and is an important step to combat the severity of organized retail crime and the impact, not only to retailers, but to consumers.

National Federation of Independent Business NC PAC Endorsement    

Having previously received Pro-business recognition by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), I am proud to have also received the 2022 endorsement of the NFIB North Carolina Political Action Committee (PAC), which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members, for House District 20. In receiving this recognition, NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson said “Our members support the candidates who will support small businesses, which is why Ted Davis, Jr. is the clear choice in this race. Ted Davis, Jr. understands the challenges facing North Carolina's small businesses. Our members believe he will do everything he can do to help small businesses as the state continues to recover from the pandemic so they can grow and create jobs." The NFIB North Carolina PAC’s endorsement and support, which is based on my positions and records on small business issues, means a lot to me because small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls.

North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Endorsement

I have received the 2022 endorsement of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association for re-election in House District 20. I am pro-law enforcement, and I support the brave men and women who wear the uniform and risk their lives daily to protect us and keep us safe. The NCPBA endorsement means a lot to me and my campaign because it documents that as a conservative Republican, I will fight against liberals who want to defund the police and have no respect or appreciation for what our police do. In giving me the endorsement, NC Division President David Rose stated "We will ask our members, their friends and families, and all citizens who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws to cast their ballots in the upcoming election in your favor."

N.C. Coalition for Charter Schools' Endorsement

Because of my support for public charter school funding and autonomy, I have received the 2022 endorsement of the N.C. Coalition for Charter Schools. Lindalyn Kakadelis, Executive Director of the N.C. Coalition for Charter Schools, said, "Public charter schools are part of the public school family. Representative Ted Davis Jr. supports public charter schools so that all families, not just the select few, can have a choice in their children's schooling. If you care about education and school choice, we recommend you support Representative Ted Davis Jr. for House District 20."

2022 General News

North Carolina Becomes a Mecca for Green Energy Investments

Forbes has reported that the Chips Act of 2022, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act have driven multiple high dollar deals in North Carolina. At any given time, the state’s economic developers are in talks with a dozen advanced manufacturing facilities seeking to expand. “North Carolina has a qualified workforce, ranging from skilled laborers to managers to engineers — essential if businesses enter the state and must fill thousands of openings. And success begets success, evidenced by the recent spate of groundbreakings and the national accolades”. “North Carolina increased its renewables production by nearly 52% between 2014 and 2019, double the average of all 50 states. The state ranks fourth nationwide for installed solar capacity, and it is the fifth largest producer of electricity from nuclear power in the U.S. It also is first in offshore wind energy potential on the East Coast, while it operates the largest wind farm in the Southeast U.S. with a 104-turbine farm to serve 61,000 homes annually."

North Carolina Ports and the State Port at Wilmington

In the latest Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), North Carolina Ports’ container terminal at the Port of Wilmington has been ranked as the most productive port in America in 2022. The technical report produced by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence also ranks North Carolina Ports as the 44th most productive port in the world. With the support of the State Legislature, North Carolina Ports continues to have success, growth, and more opportunities to continue the significant economic impact that it has on our state.

North Carolina Ranked #7 for Business Startups During 2022

North Carolina has received another top-10 ranking for its business climate, this time listed as seventh in a report focused on business startups during 2022. According to business consulting firm Venture Smarter, North Carolina had a business growth rate of 9.20% from 2021, or from 325,058 to 354,823. The firm cited North Carolina having the lowest corporate income-tax rate in the country at 2.5% for states that have such a tax. “With the key benefits of starting a business in the states mentioned, it will be fascinating to witness the business growth rate over time and see how many more entrepreneurs thrive with the available support,” Venture Smarter said in its news release.

North Carolina Receives Tax Foundation #9 Economic Rating

North Carolina has received an economic rating of 9th in the annual Tax Foundation report comparing state corporate tax costs across the country. The study ranks states in five primary tax categories: corporate; individual income; property; sales; and unemployment insurance. North Carolina ranked fifth for corporate, sixth for unemployment insurance, 12th for property, 15th for individual income and 20th for sales. North Carolina has the lowest corporate income-tax rate in the country at 2.5% for states that have such a tax. Employers pay a tax into the state’s UI system in a range of 0.06% and 5.76% based on their number of workers. North Carolina has a successful balancing act in recruiting and retaining major employers — particularly involving advanced manufacturing in the Triad.

North Carolina named Business Facilities 2022 State of the Year

Business Facilities previously named North Carolina the state with the Best Business Climate for 2022.  However, in view of the Tar Heel State steadily attracting and retaining business investment with its regional approach and world-class resources, leading to another banner year for capital investment and jobs creation, they have recognized the "Total Package" that is our state and named us their state of the year.

Alderman Elementary School

Wonderful being with my Grandsons for Randall's first day of kindergarten at Alderman Elementary School.  It is great that Randall will have his older brother Tee, who is in the fourth grade, there to take care of him and "show him the ropes".  It brought back memories of when I was there for Tee's first day of kindergarten. Having experienced our local public schools as a student, then as a parent, and now as a grandparent, I am keenly and personally aware of the importance of quality education and safety for all of our students.

Wrightsville Beach / Lumina Daze

When I was growing up in Wilmington, I was very fortunate that my parents owned a cottage at Wrightsville Beach.  Every year after school was out until school resumed, we would move to the cottage and spend the summer at the beach.  I have so many wonderful memories of my time there.  In 1982, when Jane and I moved to Wilmington from Raleigh where I had been working as an Assistant United States Attorney, we stayed in the cottage and enjoyed the beach.  Our son, Teddy, was born and we lived there until we bought our first house in Wilmington.  Later, Jane became a member of the Wrightsville Beach Museum Board of Directors and worked to preserve the history of that area.  Through the years, we have supported the Museum, which includes the Lumina Daze fundraiser held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.  On August 28, 2022, we attended the latest Lumina Daze event and had a wonderful time with so many great supporters of the beach.  Wrightsville Beach will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am proud to support the history of such a wonderful place.  It has been an honor to represent Wrightsville Beach since I have been in the Legislature, and I am very happy that I have been able to successfully assist the town at their request on various projects.

Coastal Horizons

On August 26, 2022 I had an opportunity to attend Coastal Horizons' Lunch & Learn to get more information on the numerous services that they offer.  It is quite an impressive organization.  I was particularly interested in the discussion of the Emergency Response Team related to opioid overdose.  This is part of the successful Wilmington Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose, which I am proud to have gotten the original funding for, as well as subsequent funding, to keep it total of 7,433 patients, of which 44% are uninsured. It is an impressive operation, and we are fortunate to have them to serve us locally, as well as regionally.

NC Department of Environmental Quality Applied Research Fellowship

On June 17, 2022, I had the opportunity to speak during the announcement that the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in partnership with the NC Collaboratory, has created the DEQ Applied Research Fellowship to advance the science of PFAS in our State.  This Fellowship is an opportunity for DEQ and the leading experts on PFAS to work together to generate the scientific data that we need to protect both our communities and our drinking water.  The Fall of 2022 Fellows will be Dr. Jamie DeWitt from East Carolina University and Dr. Lee Ferguson from Duke University. The Spring of 2023 Fellow will be Dr. Detlef Knappe from NC State University, and the Summer of 2023 Fellow will be Dr. Ralph Mead from UNCW.  I look forward to this unique fellowship program strengthening the partnership between State regulators and academic experts addressing PFAS contamination.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Basketball Recognition

On June 15, 2022, I had the honor of escorting the UNCW men's basketball team into the House Chamber, presenting a Representative Statement congratulating the team on their successful 2021-2022 season, and speaking about my personal relationship with UNCW and their basketball teams as a member of the Seahawk Club Board of Directors.  Representative John Bell, a graduate of UNCW, also gave personal comments.  UNCW is a great asset to our community, and I am proud to support it.

NC Department of Environmental Quality

On May 9, 2022, at the request of the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), I attended their Public Meeting at UNCW to discuss Chemours and well sampling in the Lower Cape Fear Region. An informative presentation was given by DEQ and there was an opportunity for the public to ask questions and make comments. You can find more information about the GenX Well Testing at deq.nc.gov, and if you would like to have your private well that is used for personal consumption tested for GenX, you can call Chemours at (910) 678-1100. The test will be conducted by Parsons Environment and Infrastructure, which is an independent water testing contractor; the test is free of charge; and the results will be shared with both you and DEQ. Please use this service if you have any concerns about your well's drinking water.

Small Business Week

May 1-7, 2022, is National Small Business Week, a time to recognize and support small businesses, which form the backbone of the economy. In North Carolina, the state continues to be recognized as one of the best places to start a small business thanks to Republican-led leadership and policies. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 2021 was a record year with 178,000 new businesses being launched. In addition to record breaking numbers of small businesses opening in North Carolina, there are also larger businesses expanding and relocating to the state. Simply put, the secret is out that North Carolina is a great place to start and grow a small business thanks to a decade-long effort by the Republican-led legislature to cut taxes, reduce regulations, and control spending. Since being in Raleigh, I have supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring small businesses and employment opportunities to North Carolina. Based on my positions and record on key small-business issues, I have been previously recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which is the nation's leading small business advocacy organization.

National Travel & Tourism Week

May 1-7, 2022, is National Travel & Tourism Week. New Hanover County’s tourism industry generates more than $613 million in annual economic impact, creates 6,470 jobs and contributes $54 million to the state and local tax bases. Each county resident saves an estimated $228.31 annually in taxes.

On May 5, I addressed the NC Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association about my work in support of Beach Nourishment and Shallow Inlet Dredging while a New Hanover County Commissioner and member of the State House. Growing up at Wrightsville Beach, I know the importance of our beaches for tourism, which is a huge economic engine for our area.

Since I have been in Raleigh, I have been honored to receive the NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Legislative Award, NC Travel Industry Association "Co-defender of Occupancy Tax Integrity" Legislative Award, and NC Travel & Tourism "Tourism Champion" Legislative Award for my work on issues relating to tourism.

National Firefighters Day

On May 4, 2022, we celebrate National Firefighters Day. I have always supported the brave men and women who serve as firefighters and risk their lives in order to make us safe. I am very proud that I was able to successfully sponsor legislation that provides funding for our State Search and Rescue Teams, which includes the New Hanover County Fire-Rescue and City of Wilmington Fire Department, for necessary equipment and training. For my efforts in obtaining this very important appropriation, I am honored to have previously received an Award from the NC Search and Rescue Program.

State Income Taxes

April 18 is Income Tax Day, and fortunately, hardworking North Carolinians are paying less and keeping more thanks to another round of tax cuts passed by the Republican-led General Assembly:

Income Tax Rate reduced to 3.99%

Standard deduction increased to $25,500

Per-child tax deduction boosted by $500

Income Tax on military pensions eliminated

Business Franchise Tax reduced and simplified

PPP loan deductibility for businesses allowed 

Azalea Festival

Jane and I would like to thank the Azalea Festival for another fantastic celebration. The Festival brings so many people to Wilmington and is a great economic engine for our region. Jane and I became involved with the Festival during the 1990's and we have served on different Committees, escorts for celebrities, and were long-time Co-Chairs of the Concert Hospitality Committee. After our "retirement" we were honored to receive the recognition of "Emeritus Volunteers" of the Festival.

Azalea Festival Garden Party at Airlie Gardens

Now that the April 8, 2022, Azalea Festival Garden Party at Airlie Gardens is over, it makes me so glad that the New Hanover County Commissioners, of which I was a member, purchased Airlie Gardens in the late 1990's; saved it from development; and can be enjoyed by New Hanover County residents, students and employees free of charge on the first Sunday of each month. The Commissioners originally caught a lot of negative criticism for the purchase, but as the years have gone by, all I get are accolades for preserving this beautiful property for future generations. I was on the original Board of Directors for the Airlie Gardens Foundation, remained until my "retirement" several years ago, and was given the honor of being able to continue as a non-voting "Emeritus Member" of the Board. Every year, Airlie Gardens hosts events such as the Outdoor Concert Series, Enchanted Airlie and the Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser. I encourage you to visit Airlie Gardens and enjoy this local treasure.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a logical pairing due to the unfortunate yet all-too-common overlap of these issues.

I am very proud to have been the Lead Primary Sponsor of legislation that was signed into law by the Governor during the 2021 Long Legislative Session to address child abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. This legislation requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to adopt a rule requiring information on child abuse and neglect, including age-appropriate information on sexual abuse, to be provided by public schools to students in grades 6 through 12. This information shall be provided in the form of a document provided to all students at the beginning of each school year, as well as a display posted in visible high-traffic areas throughout each school, with likely warning signs indicating that a child may be the victim of abuse or neglect, including sexual abuse; the telephone number used for reporting abuse and neglect to the Department of Social Services in the county in which the school is located; a statement that reported information shall be held in the strictest confidence, to the extent permitted by law; and available resources, including an anonymous safety tip line. Local Boards of Education shall implement the rule adopted by the State Board of Education. This rule shall also apply to charter schools, regional schools, laboratory schools, and high schools under the control of the University of North Carolina. I am committed to fighting against these terrible acts and protecting our children. Hopefully, this legislation will help in the fight to end child abuse and neglect.

NC Department of Environmental Quality

On March 29, 2022, I attended a meeting with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Elizabeth Biser and her Staff to discuss recent and ongoing actions concerning PFAS contamination in our local water sources by Chemours. I addressed the panel on the importance of public well owners receiving relief like private well owners. I pointed out that Wrightsville Beach, which is in my Legislative District 20, lost 20% of their well capacity to Chemours related PFAS contamination of our groundwater. I was very happy to see the panel taking notes as I spoke. It meant a lot that Secretary Biser and her Staff were willing to come to Wilmington so that those affected could have the opportunity to learn, ask questions and express their concerns. 

UNCW Student Government Association Legislative Panel

On March 17, 2022, at the request of the UNCW Student Government Association, I was a member of a Legislative Panel that answered various questions by members of the SGA. I also talked about how I became involved in politics, what my responsibilities are being a member of the General Assembly, and what I have been doing in Raleigh since first elected to serve in the State House. In addition, we discussed how college students can best get involved in politics and use their voice for various causes. It was great seeing college students that are interested in politics, current events, and wanting to get involved.

Food Bank Groundbreaking

On February 24, 2022, I attended the Groundbreaking for the new facility for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina located in Wilmington. At the request of the Food Bank, I was able to obtain an appropriation of $750,000 for the project. I am very proud that I was able to assist our local Food Bank in building the additional space needed to help those in our area that are in need of food and proper nutrition.

North Carolina Ranked #1 In National Board Certification

The Robesonian has reported that North Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with 486 additional teachers earning the endorsement during the 2021-22 school year. “The high number of teachers in our state who have pursued and attained this certification is a testament to high quality instruction provided in schools across North Carolina”, said State Superintendent Catherine Truitt. Teachers who earn the National Board Certification receive a 12% salary supplement to their regular pay as well as other benefits.

2021 Personal News

Ted Davis Receives 2021 Award for Conservative Achievement

Representative Ted Davis has received the 2021 American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Legislative Accountability Award for Conservative Achievement based upon his commitment to America’s core principals as written in our nation’s Constitution. In receiving this Award, Davis stated "I am very honored to receive this prestigious recognition based upon my conservative voting record." 

Ted Davis Named 2021 Jobs Champion by the NC Chamber

Representative Ted Davis has been named by the NC Chamber as a 2021 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report. How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs. "I am very proud to have received my eighth consecutive recognition as a Jobs Champion, which has been given annually except for 2018, by the North Carolina Chamber" stated Davis. “I continue to be pro-business and have repeatedly supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring employment opportunities for those who live in North Carolina. I remain committed to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in our great state.”

Ted Davis Receives Pro-Business Recognition From NCFREE

The NC Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFREE) is the premier research organization in the State seeking to provide non-partisan analysis of the political landscape and its impact on North Carolina's business environment. Their analytical assessment of the business disposition of State House members is based on the confidential input from a group of more than 300 business leaders, business trade association executives and government affairs professionals. The NCFREE Legislative Business Ratings are normally reported at the end of the NC General Assembly Long Legislative Session that occurs in the odd-numbered year. I am proud to have received the 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 (not normally done in the even years) and 2021 pro-business recognition from the NCFREE. 

Ted Davis Receives 2021 City of Wilmington Appreciation Award

Representative Ted Davis has received a 2021 Appreciation Award from the City of Wilmington in recognition and sincere appreciation for dedicated service and representation to the citizens of Wilmington during the 2021 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In receiving this Award, Davis stated “I have a great relationship with the City of Wilmington, I enjoy working with them, and it is an honor to receive this special appreciation for the second time for the work that I am doing on their behalf.”  

Ted Davis Receives 2021 Defender of Public Safety Award

Representative Ted Davis has received the 2021 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriff's Association in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding public service through legislative initiatives that increase public safety and protect the rights of the citizens of North Carolina.

"I was very proud to have received this prestigious award in 2017 and 2019, and I am honored to receive it again in 2021" stated Davis. "I am pro- law enforcement and I support the brave men and women who put the uniform on and risk their lives daily to protect us."   

Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:26 PM

Ted Davis Receives Recognition from NCFREE

Representative Ted Davis Jr. Recognized with Strong Pro-Business Rating in NC House

The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFREE) released a special COVID-19 edition of the organization’s 2019-2020 Legislative Business Rating (LBR), an analysis of the voting records of North Carolina General Assembly members as they relate to advancing and protecting business opportunities within the state. Representative Ted Davis Jr. earned one of the top ratings with a 95.3% pro-business voting record. On the ratings report, Rep. Davis stated “I am very proud to once again receive this prestigious recognition. My record reflects that I am pro-business and I consistently exhibit strong support for job growth, small businesses and free enterprise”.




Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:01 PM

Ted Davis on Public Safety

 

 

Since being in Raleigh, I have continued to have a positive relationship with law enforcement throughout North Carolina. I am proud to have received an Honorary Wilmington Police Department Officer Badge #19 (my present legislative district #), as well as Defender of Public Safety Awards from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.

A lawful society, free from mob rule and violent insurrection, is not possible without law enforcement. I am a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I stand with the men and women who are our law enforcement officers that risk their lives every day to uphold the law and keep our community safe. They deserve our full support and respect – now more than ever. I support properly funding the members of our law enforcement, and I oppose eliminating or reducing the funding for these brave individuals, because to do so will have a negative effect on the safety and security of all North Carolinians, such as increasing 9-1-1 response times for emergencies like break-ins and violent crimes in your neighborhood. In fact, I have signed a pledge that I stand with America’s police and I will oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police”. I am also proud to have received the endorsement of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance, as well as the endorsement of the North Carolina Troopers Association.







Friday, October 9, 2020 3:44 PM

Representative Ted Davis supports Pro-life Legislation

During the 2019-2020 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly, I Co-Sponsored House Bill 602,Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, preventing the killing of a child born after an unsuccessful abortion. A companion (identical) legislation was filed in Senate Bill 359, which passed both the Senate and the House but was vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper. The veto override failed in the House and I watched as the liberal Democrats celebrated after the vote had been taken by cheering and giving each other high-fives. I will never forget how awful it made me feel.

 

 


Friday, October 9, 2020 10:42 AM

Ted Davis Receives NC Sheriff Police Alliance Endorsement

I am very proud to have received the endorsement of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance.

A lawful society, free from mob rule and violent insurrection, is not possible without law enforcement.  The men and women who are our law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to uphold the law and keep our community safe.  They deserve our full support and respect – now more than ever.

I support properly funding the members of our law enforcement, and I oppose eliminating or reducing the funding for these brave individuals, because to do so will have a negative effect on the safety and security of all North Carolinians, such as increasing 9-1-1 response times for emergencies like break-ins and violent crimes in your neighborhood. 

In fact, I have signed a pledge that I stand with America’s police and I will oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police”.



Thursday, October 8, 2020 2:16 PM

American Flood Coalition

Representative Ted Davis Joins in Strong, Bipartisan Commitment to Address Flooding

 

On four year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew, Representative Ted Davis signals effort to tackle challenges caused by flooding and severe storms

 

Washington, DC—Today, the American Flood Coalition announced that Representative Ted Davis along with 14 of his colleagues in the North Carolina House of Representatives, including House Speaker Tim Moore, joined its nonpartisan, national alliance of more than 200 elected officials, civic groups, military leaders and cities. The Coalition’s members work together to advance proactive solutions to the challenges posed by more frequent flooding, stronger storms, and rising seas. “My membership signals a shared bipartisan commitment to strengthening North Carolina’s infrastructure, protecting property values, safeguarding taxpayer dollars, and saving lives” stated Representative Davis.

 

In three of the past five years, a major hurricane has hit North Carolina, causing record-level flooding and leaving a lasting, devastating impact on communities across the state. Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, in 2016 and 2018 respectively, caused an estimated $27 billion in economic damage, including nearly $3 billion in agricultural losses across North Carolina. Since 2000, more than 545,000 home and property owners in the state have made flood damage claims through FEMA. New data shows that over the next 30 years, nearly 604,000 inland and coastal properties in North Carolina may be at substantial risk of flooding.

 

"Today marks a historic opportunity, four years after the landfall of Hurricane Matthew on our coast, to redouble North Carolina’s ongoing commitment to protecting vulnerable lives and infrastructure from severe flooding,” Speaker Moore said. “I appreciate Representative Ted Davis joining with his colleagues to maintain a strong recovery and strategic focus on storm resiliency, while giving voice to the concerns of their communities through the American Flood Coalition.”

 

“I am excited to welcome Representative Ted Davis to this bipartisan and committed group of leaders as we launch the American Flood Coalition’s engagement in North Carolina,” said Melissa Roberts, Executive Director of the American Flood Coalition. “Severe storms and flooding have become a common and increasingly dangerous threat to North Carolina communities in recent years. Representative Davis understands first-hand the effects of flooding in and around New Hanover County and the urgent need to come together to find thoughtful solutions to address the harmful impacts of future flooding.”

 


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 5:42 PM

Ted Davis Receives NC Chamber Endorsement

 

NC Chamber Endorses Ted Davis and Michael Lee for N.C. General Assembly

State Chamber of Commerce Endorses Local Candidates

 

The NC Chamber works to research, develop, advocate, and communicate for solutions and policies that produce a nationally competitive business climate in North Carolina. Representing the statewide business community, the NC Chamber supports candidates whose professional backgrounds and voting records demonstrate a commitment to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in North Carolina. The NC Chamber has endorsed Representative Ted Davis and former Senator Michael Lee in their bids for reelection to the N.C. General Assembly.

“As North Carolina continues to grow and thrive, Rep. Davis and Sen. Lee have been instrumental in standing up for their communities and the pro-growth policies that fuel our state’s success,” said Gary Salamido, president and CEO of the NC Chamber. “From support for a strong education system to efforts to build a better business climate and create jobs, they have what it takes to keep North Carolina moving forward.”

Representative Davis is running for reelection in N.C. House District 20 and former Senator Lee is running for election in N.C. Senate District 9. Both Districts represent New Hanover County.

Representative Davis stated “I am honored to have been recognized 5 times as a Jobs Champion by the NC Chamber, and this prestigious endorsement is a testament to my pro-business support for legislation and funding for economic development that will bring employment opportunities for those who live in New Hanover County, as well as the rest of our great state."

 

 

 

 

 

        

 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:55 PM

Ted Davis On The Film Industry

The Film Industry
I have been the leading advocate for the film industry in the North Carolina House of Representatives since coming to Raleigh in 2012. And if re-elected, I will continue to be that voice. 
 
EUE/Screen Gems Studios supports my re-election to House District 20. 

 
In addition, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents motion picture and television production workers, supports my re-election to House District 20.


When the Legislature was looking at not continuing the previous film “tax credit”, against all odds, I was able to get a Bill passed in the House which extended it. Unfortunately, the Senate refused to hear that Bill and the film “tax credit” was terminated. 
 
With the "tax credit" gone, the only mechanism to fund the film industry was a grant program. With the help of Speaker of the House Tim Moore, I was able to obtain recurring funding of $31 million per year for the film grant program with no termination date.  
 
I subsequently voted for HB2 (the “Bathroom Bill”) based upon the facts that I had before me at that time. However, I had no idea of the unintended consequences of that Bill, which included the film business. When EUE/Screen Gems Studios Bill Vassar let me know the negative impact that HB2 was having on the film industry both locally and throughout the rest of the state, I went and discussed it with Speaker Moore. To make a long story short, I was included in representing the House in negotiations with the Senate and the Governor that resulted in a Bill being passed that repealed HB2 and signed by the Governor.
 
For the last 2 years, with the help of Speaker Moore, I have been able to defeat multiple attempts to either reduce or terminate the film grant program.
 
Despite the Coronavirus, the film industry has been gaining ground in productions being done locally and elsewhere in the State. This is a clean industry that employs many talented men and women, and I will continue to do all that I can to keep this important economic engine running.



Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:41 PM

Ted Davis On Jobs and The Economy

Jobs

I am pro-business, have repeatedly supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring employment opportunities for those who live in North Carolina, and I remain committed to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in our great state.

My strong pro-jobs voting record has been recognized by the North Carolina Chamber as a 2019 – 2020 Jobs Champion in its annual ‘How They Voted Report’, which is based on my voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs.  This is the fifth time that I have received this prestigious recognition.

“Following a strong, pro-jobs long session in 2019, legislators in 2020 showed an unprecedented level of bipartisanship in supporting our state’s response to COVID-19,” said NC Chamber President and CEO, Gary Salamido.  “We are grateful for Ted Davis’s leadership in helping North Carolina navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic and put us squarely on a path to relaunching our state’s economy.  We look forward to continuing to work with him to help chart a new course for our state.”

In addition, I have supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring small businesses and employment opportunities to North Carolina.  Based on my positions and record on key small-business issues, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which is the nation's leading small business advocacy organization, has endorsed me for re-election in House District 20.

“Our members support the candidates who support small business,” NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson said.  “These individuals either have a proven track record of standing up for small businesses or have shown they will promote a positive business environment for North Carolina’s job creators."  I am proud to say that since I have been in Raleigh, I have done both.  Director Thompson added "Ted Davis understands challenges facing North Carolina's small businesses and our members believe he will do everything he can do to help small businesses recover safely and fully from the pandemic so they can grow and create jobs".

The Economy

Since the Republicans have been in the majority in the Legislature, North Carolina has achieved the following:

  • The best business climate in the United States and tops Forbes’ Best States for Business ranking in 2017, 2018 & 2019.
  • Recognized by Site Selection Magazine, which helps expansion planning decision-makers make informed choices, as the #1 global best to invest in the South Atlantic Region of the United States in 2017 and 2018.
  • Ranked by Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) as 3rdin the United States in its national economic standings in 2018. “No state’s economy is on more solid ground than the Tar Heel state”.
  • Named by Small Business as the Best State for Startups in 2018.
  • Ranked by Business Facilities, which helps businesses make location or re-location decisions, in 2019 as the top state for economic growth potential, second in installed solar capacity, and third in biotechnology strength in business facilities.
  • Maintained a AAA credit rating.
  • Providing state funding to bring relief to those affected by hurricanes and COVID-19 without having to borrow money, raise taxes or cut services.

 


Monday, September 28, 2020 7:50 PM

Ted Davis Receives NFIB Endorsement

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the nation's leading small business advocacy organization.  Based on my positions and record on key small-business issues, the NFIB has endorsed me for re-election in House District 20.

“Our members support the candidates who support small business,” NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson said.  “These individuals either have a proven track record of standing up for small businesses or have shown they will promote a positive business environment for North Carolina’s job creators." 

I am proud to say that since I have been in Raleigh, I have done both.  I have supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring small businesses and employment opportunities to North Carolina.  I remain committed to promoting a positive climate for small businesses and the jobs that they create in our great state.

"Ted Davis understands challenges facing North Carolina's small businesses and our members believe he will do everything he can do to help small businesses recover safely and fully from the pandemic so they can grow and create jobs," added NFIB State Director Thompson.   


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:30 PM

Ted Davis named 2020 Jobs Champion by the NC Chamber

Representative Ted Davis has been named by the NC Chamber as a 2020 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted report. How They Voted details state legislators’ voting records on bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing North Carolina’s position in the national race for jobs.
 
“I am honored to have received this prestigious recognition again" stated Davis. “I am pro-business and have repeatedly supported legislation and funding for economic development that will bring employment opportunities for those who live in North Carolina. I remain committed to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in our great state.”
 
“Following a strong, pro-jobs long session in 2019, legislators in 2020 showed an unprecedented level of bipartisanship in supporting our state’s response to COVID-19,” said NC Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. “We are grateful for Ted Davis’s leadership in helping North Carolina navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic and put us squarely on a path to relaunching our state’s economy. We look forward to continuing to work with him to help chart a new course for our state." 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 2:58 PM

Ted Davis Recognized By DEQ

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I am very honored to have received a letter of appreciation from Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Michael Regan recognizing my commitment to protecting the health and safety of all North Carolinians.

When serving as the Senior Chairman of the House Select Committee on River Quality, and continuing thereafter, I worked with DEQ to have legislation and funding passed to address contaminants in the sources of our drinking water, air, groundwater wells, soil and sediment.

I take this commitment very seriously and will continue to work with DEQ on our behalf.

 

 

 


Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:41 PM

Ted Davis Receives North Carolina Values Coalition Endorsement

I am honored to have been endorsed by the North Carolina Values Coalition as I seek re-election for State House District 20 in November’s general election.

The Coalition works toward advancing public policies that protect and promote family values by educating voters about the best pro-family candidates for public office. This year, candidates were evaluated by using multiple factors, including responses to a questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements, and past voting records. The Coalition found me to be the best candidate in House District 20 to stand strong in Raleigh for family values like protecting life, advancing religious freedoms, promoting school choice, and ensuring privacy and safety for our children, as well as supporting pro-family public policies that will positively impact the culture of our state.


Monday, August 31, 2020 4:15 PM

Wilmington Designated As The First World War II Heritage City

During March of 2019, President Donald Trump signed legislation directing the United States Secretary of the Interior to designate at least one city per year as an American World War II Heritage City.  It is wonderful news that Wilmington has been chosen to receive this first designation.  My compliments to retired Captain Wilbur D. Jones Jr. for working on this endeavor close to 12 years.  As the Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners years ago, at Captain Jones’ request, I wrote a letter of support for this designation to our Congressional delegation.  As a member of the State House of Representatives, and also at the request of Captain Jones, I introduced House Resolution 970 during the 2018 Legislative Short Session in support of this designation, which passed unanimously.  I am very proud to have played a small part in assisting Captain Jones in getting the job done.  


Monday, August 31, 2020 3:19 PM

Ted Davis Receives NC Troopers Association Endorsement

I am honored to have been endorsed by the North Carolina Troopers Association as I seek re-election for State House District 20 in November’s general election. 

As the Senior Chair of the Judicial Committee and a Chair of the Appropriations Committee for Justice and Public Safety, I am particularly proud to receive this endorsement.

“On behalf of the North Carolina Troopers Association, we are proud to endorse candidates who have a proven track record of supporting law enforcement and their families,” said Danny Jenkins, Association president. “The citizens of North Carolina have a choice to either elect lawmakers who will provide law and order within North Carolina, or those who wish to defund law enforcement and not stand with the men and women in blue. We hope North Carolina citizens will stand with law enforcement and elect these courageous candidates who will continue to support our law enforcement officers across North Carolina." 

The North Carolina Troopers Association was founded in 1977 for the purposes of advancing the principles of proper, professional, and ethical law enforcement while supporting the continuing advancement of criminal justice in the State of North Carolina. As a nonprofit, fraternal organization, the Association focuses on providing support, collaboration, and betterment to active and retired members of the North Carolina Highway Patrol and their families. The Association represents more than two thousand active and retired troopers.



Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:09 PM

Appointment to the Community Relations Committee

I am honored to have been appointed by House Speaker Tim Moore to the North Carolina House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice. The Select Committee has 38 members comprised of Republican and Democrat members of the House, as well as members of the public.

The committee will examine North Carolina's criminal justice systems to propose methods of improving police training and relations between law enforcement and its communities. The committee will also review the implementation of the Second Chance Act and Raise the Age to highlight accomplishments thus far.

Speaker Moore gave the following statement:

"We have a unique opportunity through our strong public membership represented on this committee to continue making real progress for North Carolinians on issues that affect our nation.

This bipartisan committee includes diverse perspectives to confront tough questions and identify policy reforms that help overcome discrimination, excessive force, and corruption in the criminal justice system to improve public safety for all North Carolinians."

The Committee may submit an interim report on the results of its findings, including any proposed legislation, to the members of the House at any time. The Committee my submit a final report on the results of its findings, including any proposed legislation, to the members of the House on or before December 31, 2020. The Committee terminates on December 31, 2020, or upon the filing of its final report, whichever occurs first.

I will keep you posted as to any future developments, as they occur.

 



Saturday, August 8, 2020 3:25 PM

NC General Assembly Covid Response

Key Points

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, the North Carolina House immediately got to work by organizing
bipartisan remote working groups to identify short and long term legislative solutions to the developing
crisis.

Thanks to responsible budgeting over the past decade, the Republican-led NC General Assembly was
also uniquely prepared financially to meet the challenge – having built up $1.1 billion in savings, $3.9
billion in its unemployment reserves, a $74 million disaster relief fund, $184 million in Medicaid
contingency reserves and a $2.2 billion balance of unappropriated cash-on-hand.

This put North Carolina ahead of the game and on a path to bipartisan success – resulting in over $2
billion in state and federal COVID-19 relief funding being distributed quickly to health care providers and
workers, small businesses, local governments, rural and underserved communities and K-12 schools and
universities.

This included addressing immediate needs like purchasing personal protective equipment, expanding
testing and tracing, providing small business relief and supporting remote learning in K-12 schools.
The General Assembly also invested millions in North Carolina universities and hospitals for long-term
needs like research and vaccine development to fight the virus.

Overall, these efforts marked an historic investment and response that saved lives and livelihoods while
also laying the groundwork for moving North Carolina forward and addressing the economic and human
impacts of this pandemic for years to come.

Legislative Response

Bipartisan COVID-19 Working Groups – As soon as the coronavirus outbreak began, NC House
lawmakers immediately got to work through a bipartisan Select Committee on COVID-19 that met
remotely to identify immediate and long-term legislative responses to the developing crisis. This put
North Carolina ahead of the game and on a path to success.

COVID-19 Recovery Act (SB 704) – Provides tax relief, streamlines unemployment access, increases
health care flexibility and makes policy reforms in education and government operations to assist North
Carolinians through the pandemic and economic shutdown.

Pandemic Response Act (HB 1043) – Provides nearly $1.6 billion in COVID-19 relief for small businesses,
medical providers, education communities, and broadband connectivity. The bill also addresses both
immediate needs, like purchasing personal protective equipment and expanding digital infrastructure
needs, and long-term research and development to fight the virus.

Additional Coronavirus Relief Funds (HB 1023) – Provides $500 million more in coronavirus relief to
local governments, community healthcare services, job retention grants, and programs for vulnerable
populations. It also provides funding for school nutrition programs, hospitals, health clinics, group
homes, and child advocacy centers.

By the Numbers

Education
K-12 Education
• $75 million for school nutrition
• $70 million for summer learning programs
• $11 million to improve internet connectivity
• $30 million for school computers
• $10 million for mental health services
• $5 million for computers and devices for staff
• $4.5 million for cybersecurity at schools
• $3 million for non-digital remote instruction
• $1 million for equipping buses with Wi-Fi
• Waived end-of-year testing requirements
Higher Education
• $25 million for community colleges
• $44 million for UNC System schools
• $20 million for private colleges
• Waived interest on student debt

Health Care
Supplies
• $50 million for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• $25 million to expand testing and contact tracing
• $25 million for assisted living facilities
• $20 million for enhanced public health capacity
• $20 million for behavioral health
Research
• $29 million to UNC School of Public Health/NC Collaboratory
• $20 million to Wake Forest University for antibody study
• $15 million to Duke University Human Vaccine Institute
• $15 million to ECU Brody School of Medicine
• $6 million to Campbell Univ. School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hospitals
• $65 million to rural hospitals
• $15 million for North Carolina teaching hospitals
• $15 million for a general hospital relief fund

Recovery
Small Business
• $125 million for small business loans
• Voted to safely reopen bars, gyms, parks and other businesses
• Waived interest payments on income and business taxes
• $15 million for job retention grants
State and Local Government
• $300 million for local governments
• $50 million for rural communities
• $100 million for counties
• $300 million for transportation
• $15 million for tourism industry support
Rural Broadband
• $9 million to help expand rural broadband 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:01 AM

Appointment to Environmental Review Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve on the Environmental Review Commission, which is comprised of members from both the House and the Senate.  The duties of the Commission include the protection of public health and our environment.   
 
In making the appointment, Speaker Moore stated "I am confident you will have much to offer the Environmental Review Commission and will be effective and diligent in your service to our State".  With the issue of water quality in New Hanover and surrounding Counties, I am honored with the faith that Speaker Moore has in me and appreciate the opportunity to continue to work on the safety of our drinking water. 
 
On a related note, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds, including $62,783,000 for North Carolina. This funding will assist states with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country.
I look forward to working with the Environmental Review Commission to see that these funds are effectively used to our benefit.
 
In addition, when I was recently in Raleigh, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Michael Regan came to visit me in my office to discuss various issues involving the Chemours Plant near Fayetteville.  That discussion included measures taken by DEQ to require Chemours to stop all discharge of process wastewater (containing GenX and other pollutants) 100% and cutting GenX air emissions by 99.9%.  I previously worked with DEQ in getting legislation passed that increased funding for the Agency, and I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Regan on important environmental issues.


Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:16 AM

January 23 Newsletter

January has been declared as Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month in North Carolina. This is a horrible crime that cannot be tolerated in our great state. I was honored to participate and speak at a recent press conference by the Human Trafficking Commission in Raleigh. Since being in the State House, I have sponsored and supported legislation strengthening the penalties against human traffickers, as well as providing relief for the victims of human trafficking. I will continue my fight against this terrible act of sexual servitude.

JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Justice and Public Safety

I am proud to announce that I have been re-appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve as a Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, which is comprised of members from both the House and the Senate. The purpose of this Committee is to examine the correctional, law enforcement and juvenile justice systems in North Carolina in order to make recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to improve those systems and to assist those systems in realizing their objectives of protecting the public and of punishing and rehabilitating offenders. This Joint Oversight Committee is of great assistance to me as the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety.

Economic Development

I am also pleased to announce that I have been re-appointed by Speaker Moore to serve on the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee, which is comprised of members from both the House and the Senate. The purpose of this Committee is to examine economic growth and development issues and strategies in North Carolina in order to make recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to promote cost-effective economic development initiatives. I am proud that our state is very business friendly due to actions taken by the Republican led General Assembly to reduce personal income taxes, reduce corporate income taxes, and regulatory reform to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 4:01 PM

2019 Legislative Business Ratings and Rankings from Forbes and CNBC

2019 Legislative Business Ratings


The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFREE) Legislative Business Ratings is a report produced at the conclusion of the NC General Assembly "Long Session" that occurs in the odd-numbered year.


This analytical assessment of the business disposition of all House members is based on confidential input from a group of more than 300 business leaders, business trade association executives and government affairs professionals.


The closer the rating is to 100, the more aligned with the principles of free enterprise that legislator was during the 2019 Long Session. I am proud that I received a rating of 95.3%.

Forbes and CNBC Rankings

Since 2014, North Carolina has seen more than 500,000 new jobs created and filled, which is among the highest in the Southeast. Also, 28 Fortune 500 manufacturers have established their headquarters in North Carolina. North Carolina's success story has not gone unnoticed. Forbes ranked us the best state in the country to do business for the last two years. In addition, CNBC has ranked our economy No. 1 in the nation.


As your Representative, I will continue to support legislation that will bring jobs to and boost the economy of New Hanover County, as well the rest of North Carolina.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:40 PM

December 31, 2019 Newsletter

Annual Meeting of Coastal Horizons

I recently had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.


I am very proud to have been involved with 2 legislative actions addressing the terrible opioid crisis here in New Hanover County and across the State.


First, I was 1 of the 4 Primary Sponsors of the House Bill that initially addressed the Opioid problem statewide. This bill was passed by both legislative chambers and signed by the Governor.


Second, I led the charge in getting the necessary funding for the Wilmington Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdoses, which has been a big success. Coastal Horizons is an important part of that project, and I would like to thank them for all that they do in helping to battle this addiction.

Port of Wilmington Recognition

 

 

The success of the Port of Wilmington is essential to keeping our local economy growing. During my time in the State House, I’ve worked closely with the NC Ports Authority to ensure they are receiving the resources and support they need and deserve from the state. Kudos to the NC Ports Authority, and all of the men and women working hard at our port every day, on this great honor!

2019 Jobs Champion

 


The NC Chamber recently named me as a 2019 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted Report. How They Voted details lawmakers' voting records on key bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in North Carolina.


I am honored to once again be named a "Jobs Champion" by the NC Chamber, and I remain committed to strengthening North Carolina's competitive footing, creating jobs, and securing our economic future.


"The 2019 legislative session saw a number of successes for North Carolina' job creators and communities and we are grateful for Rep. Davis's leadership in promoting pro-growth policies," said Ray Starling, general counsel at the NC Chamber. "We appreciate that Rep. Davis stood up for the ideas that will fuel our state's competitive business climate and grow our world-class workforce, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future".

2019 Legislative Business Ratings


The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFREE) Legislative Business Ratings is a report produced at the conclusion of the NC General Assembly "Long Session" that occurs in the odd-numbered year.


This analytical assessment of the business disposition of all House members is based on confidential input from a group of more than 300 business leaders, business trade association executives and government affairs professionals.


The closer the rating is to 100, the more aligned with the principles of free enterprise that legislator was during the 2019 Long Session. I am proud that I received a rating of 95.3%.

Forbes and CNBC Rankings


Since 2014, North Carolina has seen more than 500,000 new jobs created and filled, which is among the highest in the Southeast. Also, 28 Fortune 500 manufacturers have established their headquarters in North Carolina. North Carolina's success story has not gone unnoticed. Forbes ranked us the best state in the country to do business for the last two years. In addition, CNBC has ranked our economy No. 1 in the nation.


As your Representative, I will continue to support legislation that will bring jobs to and boost the economy of New Hanover County, as well as the rest of North Carolina.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:54 PM

Davis Speaks at the Annual Coastal Horizons Center Meeting and Holiday Luncheon

Today, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Annual Coastal Horizons Center Meeting and Holiday Luncheon.

I am very proud to have been involved in 2 things concerning the terrible opioid crisis here in New Hanover County and across the state.

First, I was 1 of the 4 Primary Sponsors of the House Bill that initially addressed the Opioid problem statewide. This bill was passed by both legislative chambers and signed by the Governor.

Second, I led the charge in getting the necessary funding for the Wilmington Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdoses, which has been a big success. Coastal Horizons is an important part of that project, and I would like to thank them for all that they do in helping to battle this addiction.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:02 PM

Port of Wilmington Recognition

The success of the Port of Wilmington is essential to keeping our local economy growing. During my time in the State House, I’ve worked closely with the NC Ports Authority to ensure they are receiving the resources and support they need and deserve from the state. Kudos to the NC Ports Authority and all of the men and women working hard at our port every day on this great honor!


Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:27 PM

NC Chamber Names Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. a 2019 Jobs Champion

The NC Chamber recently named Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. a 2019 Jobs Champion in its annual How They Voted Report. How They Voted details lawmakers' voting records on key bills identified as critical to preserving and enhancing a positive climate for business and job creation in North Carolina. 

"I am honored to once again be named a 'Jobs Champion' by the NC Chamber." Rep. Davis. "I remain committed to strengthening North Carolina's competitive footing, creating jobs, and securing our economic future."

"The 2019 legislative session saw a number of successes for North Carolina' job creators and communities and we are grateful for Rep. Davis's leadership in promoting pro-growth policies," said Ray Starling, general counsel at the NC Chamber. "We appreciate that Rep. Davis stood up for the ideas that will fuel our state's competitive business climate and grow our world-class workforce and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future."



Friday, November 15, 2019 10:46 AM

November 15, 2019 Newsletter

Commission Appointment

I have been appointed by Speaker Tim Moore to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, which is comprised of members from the House and the Senate. The duties of this Commission include conducting evaluative studies of the programs, policies, practices and procedures of the various departments, agencies, and institutions of State Government.

I am honored that the Speaker has the confidence to appoint me to this Committee, as well as the following Commissions and Committees that I was previously appointed to:

General Statutes Commission. The duties of this Commission include
recommending to the General Assembly the enactment of such substantive changes in the law as the Commission may deem advisable.

Legislative Research Commission. The duties of this Commission include making or causing to be made such studies of and investigations into governmental agencies and institutions and matters of public policy as will aid the General Assembly in performing its duties in the most efficient and effective manner.

Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee. The duties of this Committee include examining, on a continuing basis, economic development and global engagement issues and strategies in North Carolina in order to make ongoing recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to promote cost-effective economic development initiatives, economic growth, and stimulating job creation in the global economy. Among other things, the Committee may study the budgets, programs, and policies of the Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development, and other State, regional, and local entities involved in economic development.

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. The functions of this Committee include the evaluation of the merits of a program or an activity of a State agency, or a program or an activity of a non-State entity conducted or provided using State funds. Among other things, the Committee may determine if any legislation or other action of the General Assembly is needed to implement the Program Evaluation Division's recommendations.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:13 PM

Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations

I have been appointed by Speaker Tim Moore to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, which is comprised of members from the House and the Senate. The duties of this Commission include conducting evaluative studies of the programs, policies, practices and procedures of the various departments, agencies, and institutions of State Government.

I am honored that the Speaker has the confidence to appoint me to this Committee, as well as the following Commissions and Committees that I was previously appointed to:

General Statutes Commission. The duties of this Commission include recommending to the General Assembly the enactment of such substantive changes in the law as the Commission may deem advisable.

Legislative Research Commission. The duties of this Commission include making or causing to be made such studies of and investigations into governmental agencies and institutions and matters of public policy as will aid the General Assembly in performing its duties in the most efficient and effective manner.

Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee. The duties of this Committee include examining, on a continuing basis, economic development and global engagement issues and strategies in North Carolina in order to make ongoing recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to promote cost-effective economic development initiatives, economic growth, and stimulating job creation in the global economy. Among other things, the Committee may study the budgets, programs, and policies of the Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development, and other State, regional, and local entities involved in economic development.

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. The functions of this Committee include the evaluation of the merits of a program or an activity of a State agency, or a program or an activity of a non-State entity conducted or provided using State funds. Among other things, the Committee may determine if any legislation or other action of the General Assembly is needed to implement the Program Evaluation Division's recommendations.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:15 PM

Carolina Beach Inlet Association

On November 5, I attended the monthly meeting of the Carolina Beach Inlet Association and I had the privilege of addressing those in attendance. I have been working with the Association ever since I was elected to the State House in 2013 to ensure adequate funding from the State, routine dredging by the Corps of Engineers, and proper placing of navigational buoys by the Coast Guard. I enjoy attending their meetings when I am not in Session in Raleigh. The members of the Association are good, hard working individuals and it is an honor to represent them in the General Assembly.


Monday, November 4, 2019 2:20 PM

Fort Fisher Historic Site

On October 30, I attended a fundraising event by the Friends of Fort Fisher at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill to raise money for exhibits that will be at the new proposed Visitors Center at the Fort Fisher Historic Site. The keynote speaker was historian Fred Kiger, who gave a very interesting presentation about the significance of this site during the Civil War, and later during World War 2.

On November 2, Jane and I attended another event by the Friends of Fort Fisher held on the grounds of the Fort Fisher Historic Site. The highlight of the evening was a cannon firing during a beautiful sunset. Those who attended got to see a re-enactment team load, fire (very loud), clean the cannon between firings, reload and fire again. There was also a very informative explanation about the operation of such cannons and the different types of cannon balls and devices that were shot from similar cannons during the Civil War.

The Fort Fisher Historic Site is the most visited historic site in North Carolina. If you have not visited it, or visited recently, I encourage you to go. It is not only interesting historically, but it is also a very beautiful setting.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 2:23 PM

Criminal Code Recodification

North Carolina’s lack of a streamlined, comprehensive, orderly, and principled criminal code results in costly inefficiencies in our criminal justice system, opportunities for unfairness, and undermines the effectiveness of the criminal law. To resolve this, there is presently an endeavor to address the multitude of different crimes that are located throughout various chapters of the North Carolina General Statutes.

In my capacities as the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a Chair of the House Justice and Public Safety Appropriations Committee and the House member of the General Statutes Commission, I was asked by Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation to serve as a panelist at the Criminal Law Reform Summit that took place in Cary, North Carolina on October 21. The topic of my panel was where do we go from here to successfully address the problem. I was able to give suggestions based on my past experience as both a State and Federal prosecutor, as well as my legislative positions. The panel also answered questions from those in attendance. Cataloging all of the crimes and then eliminating those that are obsolete, unnecessary, redundant, and contain definitions that are inconsistent will be a huge endeavor. But with the involvement of all of the stakeholders, this monumental task can be accomplished as expeditiously as possible.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 11:16 AM

October 23, 2019 Newsletter

Gun Legislation

As the Senior Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I have previously stated that rather than dealing with various gun Bills that are presently pending in that Committee that might offer a partial solution to gun violence, there needs to be comprehensive reform that reviews and addresses the status of our current mental health services, social and criminal justice reforms, and existing gun laws. Addressing one symptom while not addressing all of the causes will do little to advert a future tragedy.

With that in mind, I previously met with Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, to discuss potential legislation. Our discussion included Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Red Flag Laws) in general; House Bill 86, “Gun Violence Prevention Act”; and mental health issues.

On October 14, I met with New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon; Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, who is also President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association; and Sheriff’s Association General Counsel Eddie Caldwell. Our discussion included Extreme Risk Protection Orders, such as House Bill 86; Senate Bill 90, “Modify Handgun Permits”, which is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee; and mental health issues.

I intend to talk to other stakeholders so that hopefully legislation that can address the various symptoms of gun violence can be drafted and considered in the 2020 Legislative Short Session.

Southeast Area Technical High School (SEA-Tech)

 
On October 18, I had the privilege of speaking to the SEA-Tech Civics Class about the North Carolina General Assembly. I discussed the legislative process, what has been going on during the 2019 Legislative Long Session, and Bills that I have sponsored. I also answered questions from those in attendance. I then recorded an interview with the Journalism Class that was subsequently shown to the student body.

I was also honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the teachers for the work that I have done on behalf of Sea-Tech in obtaining appropriations in the Budget to assist in the construction of the school.



 

Criminal Code Recodification

North Carolina’s lack of a streamlined, comprehensive, orderly, and principled criminal code results in costly inefficiencies in our criminal justice system, opportunities for unfairness, and undermines the effectiveness of the criminal law. To resolve this, there is presently an endeavor to address the multitude of different crimes that are located throughout various chapters of the North Carolina General Statutes.

In my capacities as the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a Chair of the House Justice and Public Safety Appropriations Committee and the House member of the General Statutes Commission, I was asked by Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation to serve as a panelist at the Criminal Law Reform Summit that took place in Cary, North Carolina on October 21. The topic of my panel was where do we go from here to successfully address the problem. I was able to give suggestions based on my past experience as both a State and Federal prosecutor, as well as my legislative positions. The panel also answered questions from those in attendance. Cataloging all of the crimes and then eliminating those that are obsolete, unnecessary, redundant, and contain definitions that are inconsistent will be a huge endeavor. But with the involvement of all of the stakeholders, this monumental task can be accomplished as expeditiously as possible.

 



Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:27 PM

Redistricting Map for House Districts 19 & 20.

I would like to clarify what happened during the approval of the new redistricting maps by the House, which were also approved by the Senate.

I am the incumbent living in present House District 19 and Representative Holly Grange is the incumbent living in present District 20. The base map that was used for this redistricting was drawn by the Democrat Plaintiff's expert witness. There was no consideration given to double-bunking two or more incumbents in the same newly drawn Districts. The new map showed no incumbent residing in District 19 and showed both Holly Grange and I residing in District 20.

The Court had stated that addressing double-bunking was a permissible reason for amending the map and redrawing a particular House District, so there were several Districts where double bunking needed to be addressed by the bi-partisan Redistricting Committee, which included District 20. Representative Grange had previously announced that she was going to run for Governor, but she has not filed yet. There is legal precedent that if an incumbent has announced that they are going to run for another office, and not yet officially filed for that office, they would not be considered as an incumbent for redistricting purposes. So Holly Grange and I did not contest us both living in the new District 20. If this had not been the case, then new District 19 would have had to be redrawn to include my residence, which would have caused other precincts in Districts to be changed so that the number of voters would be as equal as possible.

During the Session where the full House voted on the recommendations of the Redistricting Committee, Representative Grange clarified that she will be running for Governor and she will not be running for re-election to the House. So, I will be running as the incumbent in House District 20, and House District 19 will be an open seat with no incumbent running for re-election.

Please be aware that if the Redistricting Maps approved by the Legislature are not also approved by the Court, all of the explanation above will be null and void.
Thanks, Rep. Ted Davis Jr.


Monday, August 19, 2019 2:34 PM

North Carolina's Financial Status

Thanks to reducing both the Personal Income and Corporate Income Tax rates, as well as responsible regulatory reform, under Republican leadership in the General Assembly the State of North Carolina is in solid financial shape.

North Carolina has the best business climate in the United States and tops Forbes' Best States for Business ranking for the second straight year (2017 and 2018). In 2018, North Carolina was the only state to rank among the top 12 in the categories of business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate growth prospects, and quality of life.

Site Selection Magazine is a leading publication in corporate real estate, facility planning, location analysis, and more. The Magazine helps expansion planning decision-makers make informed choices. North Carolina was recognized for the second straight year (2017 and 2018) as the #1 global best to invest in the South Atlantic Region of the United States.

Business Facilities is a national publication serving corporate site selectors and economic development professionals for more than 50 years. Its rankings help businesses make location or relocation decisions. In the publication's annual rankings report for 2019, North Carolina is the top-ranked state for economic growth potential, second in installed solar capacity, and third in biotechnology strength in business facilities.

Finally, Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) ranked North Carolina 3rd in the United States in its latest national economic standings for 2018. "No state's economy is on more solid ground than the Tar Heel state".

North Carolina’s success is evidenced by new businesses continuing to come to our State, as well as existing businesses expanding here. I am very proud to represent House District 19 and will continue to work to preserve our present financial standing and expand our economy with job opportunities not only in New Hanover County, but the rest of the State.


Friday, August 16, 2019 4:42 PM

North Carolina's Financial Status

Thanks to reducing both the Personal Income and Corporate Income Tax rates, as well as responsible regulatory reform, under Republican leadership in the General Assembly the State of North Carolina is in solid financial shape.

North Carolina has the best business climate in the United States and tops Forbes' Best States for Business ranking for the second straight year (2017 and 2018). In 2018, North Carolina was the only state to rank among the top 12 in the categories of business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate growth prospects, and quality of life.

Site Selection Magazine is a leading publication in corporate real estate, facility planning, location analysis, and more. The Magazine helps expansion planning decision-makers make informed choices. North Carolina was recognized for the second straight year (2017 and 2018) as the #1 global best to invest in the South Atlantic Region of the United States.

Business Facilities is a national publication serving corporate site selectors and economic development professionals for more than 50 years. Its rankings help businesses make location or relocation decisions. In the publication's annual rankings report for 2019, North Carolina is the top-ranked state for economic growth potential, second in installed solar capacity, and third in biotechnology strength in business facilities.

Finally, Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) ranked North Carolina 3rd in the United States in its latest national economic standings for 2018. "No state's economy is on more solid ground than the Tar Heel state".

North Carolina’s success is evidenced by new businesses continuing to come to our State, as well as existing businesses expanding here. I am very proud to represent House District 19 and will continue to work to preserve our present financial standing and expand our economy with job opportunities not only in New Hanover County, but the rest of the State.


Friday, August 9, 2019 4:41 PM

Fort Fisher Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquariums system includes facilities at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette's Pier. The most popular of these facilities and the most visited attraction in southeastern North Carolina is the aquarium at Fort Fisher, having 493,603 visitors during 2018.

Annually, the Aquarium hosts more than 25,000 North Carolina school students, reaches an additional 10,000 students through its Outreach programs with traveling classrooms, and attracts over 120,000 participants to its educational programs, camps, and field trips. It is also an important resource for youth groups such as the 4-H, scouts, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Aquarium is over 40 years old, having its last capital renovation in 2002. Since that time, it has had more than 6.4 million visitors.

Plans have been made for the renovation of the facility to include repairing the leaking roof, structural upgrades, updated displays, redesigned classroom spaces, a new otter habitat, a new large feature tank to display sand tiger sharks, and other improvements.

The expansion project will cost $20 million, of which the Aquarium plans to raise $5 million through a capital campaign by the North Carolina Aquarium Society and $5 million through admission receipts. The remaining $10 million is being requested from the State. I successfully lobbied for $5 million that was included in the proposed Budget, and I plan on seeking additional State funding in the future.

I support this project because like the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the Aquarium provides an important tourist and educational attraction. The visitors may also eat at restaurants, stay overnight at hotels, buy gas, and shop with local merchants. These expenditures and resulting sales tax revenues have a positive economic impact on our local community.


Thursday, August 8, 2019 4:40 PM

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

The Civil War battle at Fort Fisher was the largest United States naval operation until D-Day during World War II. During World War II, the site housed an airstrip and served as an anti-aircraft training facility for Camp Davis at Holly Ridge.

The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is the most visited State Historic Site in North Carolina, attracting 926,064 visitors during fiscal year 2018 and 949,920 during fiscal year 2019. Many of the visitors are civic groups; school groups; summer camp programs such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Junior ROTC; nursing homes; military groups; and families.

To accommodate the various visitors at the Historic Site, funds are needed to build a new Visitor Center to provide additional space for exhibits, a larger auditorium to handle several school groups at once, a multipurpose space for classrooms, storage facilities for archives, and rental space for additional income. Funds are also needed to expand the earthworks exhibit, upgrade its parking lot, and build a new maintenance facility.

The proposed project to do these things will cost $20 million. I had previously lobbied for and obtained an appropriation of $12.5 million. The proposed Budget has $8 million in funding that I also lobbied for, which consists of $7.5 million for the project and $.5 million for an Underwater Archaeology Branch to be located on the site to preserve the State's maritime history.

Separate and apart from State funds, the Friends of Fort Fisher nonprofit support group will be responsible for raising an additional $2 to $3 million for new exhibits, as well as more replica artillery pieces.

I support the Historic Site project because it not only preserves our local history but also provides an important tourist attraction. The visitors may eat at restaurants, stay overnight at hotels, buy gas, and shop with local merchants. These expenditures and resulting sales tax revenues have a positive economic impact on our local community.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:39 PM

Pending Gun Bill Legislation

I am the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where presently 3 different Democrat and 3 different Republican gun-related Bills have been referred.

The tragic events of last week once again highlight the need for a comprehensive evaluation of the underlying causes of such events. While it is easy for some to call for more restrictions to the 2nd Amendment, that alone is not the solution. If it was, Chicago, that has the toughest gun laws in the nation, would be the safest place in America rather than one of the most dangerous cities to live in.

Rather than dealing with numerous gun Bills that might offer a partial solution, we need comprehensive reform that reviews and addresses the status of our current mental health services, social and criminal justice reforms, and existing gun laws. Addressing one symptom while not addressing all the causes of this madness will do little to advert a future tragedy.

It is time for leaders in government at the local, state and federal levels to work together for the good of all our citizens instead of pandering to their political base.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:34 PM

SEA-Tech

In the fall of 2017, New Hanover County Schools opened Southeast Area Technical High School (SEA-Tech), located on the North campus of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), as a choice-based cooperative innovative high school available to students in the Wilmington Metro region of North Carolina.

In partnership with CFCC, SEA-Tech utilizes the cooperative innovative high school model to provide an early college experience to empower students to be college- and career-ready with options to enter the workforce at an advanced level or continue into a postsecondary training institution. Students at the school can earn a traditional high school diploma while having no-cost access to career-based credentials and certifications offered by CFCC.

The master plan for the facility includes spaces to further support many programs on-site, including:

(1) A culinary arts classroom to allow students to apprentice from a trained chef.
(2) A carpentry shop to allow students to develop hands-on skills for a career in residential construction.
(3) A makerspace to allow students to develop other hands-on skills such as 3D printing, soldering, and sewing.
(4) Public safety spaces to afford students the environment to learn emergency management training skills from trained emergency professionals.
(5) Computer labs to train students in health-science medical coding, hospitality and tourism, and sports management.
(6) A coffee bar to allow students to develop skills in entrepreneurship, by fostering planning and financial management, and implementing both production- and service-oriented skills.
(7) A career center with on-site counselors to help guide students with their path to real-world employment.

In addition to offering on-site academies for their curriculum, the on-site spaces are designed to further foster career development. Operable walls and mobile furniture will allow maximum flexibility. Interactive state-of-the-art flat panel display screens will bring technology to the forefront of learning in each core class.

The SEA-Tech campus has moved to a New Hanover County Schools–owned location (formerly the Rock Church) located one-half mile from the CFCC campus. This morning, I had an opportunity to tour the renovated building, which is still a work in progress. Classes will start tomorrow, and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this facility and what it will mean to the students that will attend.

At the request of the local Board of Education, I have pursued state funding to assist SEA-Tech in expanding and growing in order to serve the employment needs of the surrounding region. With the assistance of House Speaker Tim Moore, I was able to obtain an appropriation of $3.15 million in the proposed budget to help with the SEA-Tech expansion. I support the SEA-Tech project because its innovative curriculum, in partnership with CFCC, will support the growth and development of the Cape Fear region.


Monday, August 5, 2019 4:38 PM

Human Trafficking Bill

I am happy to announce that House Bill 198, "Human Trafficking Commission Recommendations", for which I was the lead Primary Sponsor, has passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and has been signed by the Governor.

This legislation was needed to reduce the demand fueling human trafficking and to expand the avenues of post-conviction and civil relief available to victims. Among other things, the Bill authorizes a court to expunge certain nonviolent offense convictions for an adult victim of human trafficking if the offenses were committed due to either coercion or deception by a trafficker. The Bill also allows for the expunction of records alleging or adjudicating delinquency if a juvenile has been a victim of human trafficking.

I have been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate against this terrible act that has devastating consequences on those who have been victimized and forced to engage in such unlawful sexual conduct.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:24 AM

Under The Sea Event and Fort Fisher Aquarium

On July 20, I attended an Under The Sea event with the North Carolina Aquarium Society where I had an opportunity to discuss the $5 million appropriation for the Fort Fisher Aquarium that I was able to get included in the proposed Budget. The Society is comprised of a wonderful group of dedicated individuals that support our State Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette's Pier.

On July 26, my grandson, Tee, and I attended a press conference by House Speaker Tim Moore at the Fort Fisher Aquarium to discuss that Aquarium's funding, as well as the $8 million appropriation that I was able to get for the Fort Fisher Historic Site.

While there, Tee and I enjoyed a tour of the Aquarium and its many fascinating exhibits. New Hanover County is very fortunate to have both the Aquarium and the Historic Site. They are fantastic tourist attractions and I encourage everyone to visit and enjoy them with their families.


Thursday, June 27, 2019 4:34 PM

Local Budget Appropriations

The Budget for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Fiscal Years has been passed by both the House and the Senate, and has been sent to the Governor.

I am happy to report that I was successful in lobbying for the following funding:

1. The Fort Fisher State Historic Site will receive $7.5 million in non-recurring funds toward construction of the new Visitor's Center and parking area. The total cost of the project is $20 million, of which I had been able to get previous appropriations of $12.5 million. The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will also receive $.5 million in non-recurring funds toward facilities for an Underwater Archaeology Branch to be located on the grounds of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. The total appropriation was $8 million.

2. The Fort Fisher Aquarium will receive $5 million in non-recurring funds for its proposed renovation and expansion project. I had previously requested $10 million, so I will continue to obtain the additional $5 million during future budget discussions.

3. The City of Wilmington previously initiated a Quick Response Team Pilot Project to treat opiate overdose victims who are in need of follow-up treatment, counseling, support, and other recovery services. The cost of the Project is $250,000 per fiscal year. I was previously able to obtain the necessary funding for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 fiscal years. There will now be an appropriation of $250,000 for the fiscal year 2020-2021 to allow the Project to expand to three years.

4. I had previously been successful in lobbying for $2.3 million non-recurring funds for the State Search and Rescue. They will now receive they will now receive $1 million in recurring funds and $1 million in non-recurring funds for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and $1 million in recurring funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The recurring funding is very important because it will continue in future budgets, unless changed by the General Assembly.

5. The Film Grant Program will continue to receive $31 million recurring funds with no sunset during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years.

6. I had previously requested $8 million in funding for the construction of the SEA-Tech Vocational High School. When reviewing the breakdown of that cost, it was determined that $3.15 million was actually for construction. There will be an appropriation of $3.15 million to be applied to the actual construction cost of this Vocational High School.

It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve on behalf of House District 19. Since my appointment and subsequent elections, I have worked very diligently on behalf of those that I represent in my House District, as well as the rest of New Hanover County in the State of North Carolina, and I will continue to do so as long as I am in Raleigh.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:16 PM

Speaker's appointee to the General Statutes Commission

I am in my third year serving as the Speaker's appointee to the General Statutes Commission. The remaining 12 members include appointments by each of the law schools in our State, the NC State Bar, and the NC Bar Association. The Commission's duties include advising in statute research and correction, advising in the preparation and issuance of supplements to the General Statutes, studying all matters involved in the preparation and publication of modern codes of law, and recommending the enactment of such substantive changes in the law as the Commission deems advisable. It is an honor to work with such a fine group of individuals, and I am proud that I have been successful in getting various Bills passed on the Commission's behalf.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:27 AM

Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association Visit to the General Assembly

On Wednesday, May 22, I had an opportunity to meet with members of the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association during their legislative visit to the General Assembly. I have shared a great working relationship with this fine organization since my days a New Hanover County Commissioner. It was great to catch-up, as well as discuss their legislative goals.

Also that day, I also had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the District meeting in Raleigh of the NC Society for Human Resource Management. I talked about the daily life of a legislator, the legislative process after a particular Bill has been filed, and various legislation that I have been involved with. I also answered questions from those in attendance. It was nice to see so many people interested in our State government.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:33 PM

Bills Introduced This Session

The following is the status of some of the legislation that I have introduced during the 2019-2020 Legislative Long Session of the General Assembly. I will continue to keep you posted.

HB 32 - Collaborative Law

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill was recommended by the General Statutes Commission (GSC), of which I am a member. Collaborative Law is a voluntary alternative dispute resolution process in which parties make a good faith effort to resolve their dispute without the intervention of a court or tribunal. Like mediation, both sides are represented by an attorney; but unlike mediation, there is no third-party mediator. It adds an additional option to the dispute resolution procedures recognized in this state. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 33 - Adjust GSC Membership

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill changes the present statute to conform to the membership of the General Statutes Commission being reduced from 14 to 13 members; establishes the effective date of the 2-year terms of the members; and addresses the appointment procedure to fill an unexpired term due to a vacancy. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 44 - Fort Fisher Historic Site Funds

I am the sole primary sponsor. There are plans for improvements to this historic site, which will include a new visitors center; parking lot; and maintenance facility. I had successfully lobbied for previous appropriations of $400,000 for architectural plans as well as $12.5 million toward the $20 million cost of the project. This Bill requests the final $7.5 million for the project, as well as $500,000 for an Underwater Archaeological Branch to be located on the grounds of the site. The $8 million was included in the House Budget.

HB 51 - Official Azalea Festival

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill adopts and designates the North Carolina Azalea Festival held annually in Wilmington as the Official Azalea Festival in the State. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 52 - Wrightsville Beach Local Act Amendment

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill assists the Town of Wrightsville Beach in the construction of improvements in the area at the end of East Salisbury Street and adjacent to Johnnie Mercer's Pier. These improvements will include the use of the land as a public square or park (gazebos, boardwalks, public restrooms, outdoor showers and foot rinse facilities), as well as public beach access. All improvements will be compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 89 - SEA-Tech CIHS Funds

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill requests an appropriation of $8 million to assist in the completion of a new vocational high school. Since this project involves state funds being used for an educational building that will be owned by the New Hanover County School System, funding will need to be obtained from a source or sources outside of the Budget. Hopefully, this will be accomplished by the end of the 2020-2021 Short Session.

HB 125 - GSC Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act

I am the lead primary sponsor. This Bill expands and enhances existing protections for student athletes and educational institutions from the harm that can result from the predatory practices of some athlete agents who are drawn to the large amount of money at stake and deceive student athletes into entering into agency contracts with very unfavorable terms. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 159 - State Search and Rescue Funding

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill requested $2.3 million to purchase equipment, maintain equipment, and provide other items necessary to ensure statewide search and rescue services. The $2.3 million was included in the House Budget.

HB 198 - Human Trafficking Commission Recommendations

I am the lead primary sponsor. This bill provides additional needed legislative action to both reduce the demand fueling human trafficking and to expand the avenues of post-conviction and civil relief available to both adult and juvenile victims. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 225 (SB 127) - Protect Government Accountability

I am a primary sponsor of HB 225. SB 127, which is an identical Bill, was also introduced in the Senate, passed, and is presently in the House Rules Committee. Since that Senate bill crossed over to the House first, the House will address that Bill rather than HB 225. I will be supporting SB 127 when it comes up for consideration on the House floor.

HB 264 - GSC Technical Corrections 2019

I am the sole primary sponsor. This Bill makes various technical corrections to the General Statutes, as recommended by the General Statutes Commission. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 321 - Pilot Project to Treat Opioid Overdose

I am the sole primary sponsor. I had successfully lobbied for previous appropriations of $250,000 during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years to fund this Project. This Bill requests an additional appropriation of $250,000 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Hopefully, after the project has established a successful three-year track record, that pilot project can be turned into a permanent program with recurring annual funding. The $250,000 was included in the House Budget.

HB 323 - Assess Costs of Local LEO Crime Lab Analysis

I am a primary sponsor. This Bill provides that the specific costs of a particular drug test will be paid by the offender and those funds will be committed to the general fund of the local government unit that either operates the laboratory or paid for the laboratory services. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 380 - Aerial Adventure Courses/Sanders' Law

I am the lead primary sponsor. Under the direction of the Department of Labor, this Bill governs the design, construction, installations, plans reviews, testing, inspection, certification, operation, use, maintenance, altercation, and relocation of aerial adventure courses (which includes zip lines) in this State. Currently, aerial adventure courses are not regulated by statute. The Bill passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 461 - Funds for Fort Fisher Aquarium

I am the lead primary sponsor. There are plans for renovations to this particular aquarium, which include structural upgrades, updated displays, redesigned classroom space, a new otter habitat, a new large feature aquarium to display sand tiger sharks, and other improvements. The total cost for the project is $20 million, which consists of $5 million to be raised by the North Carolina Aquarium Society and $5 million through admission receipts. This Bill requests an appropriation of $10 million for the remaining balance of the project cost. The requested funding was not included in the House Budget, but I am presently working with the Senate to have the appropriation included in their budget.

HB 633 - Strengthen Criminal Gang Laws

I am the lead primary sponsor. This Bill revises both the current Criminal Gang Nuisance Act and the Criminal Gang Suppression Act, increases penalties for the use of a firearm in a criminal gang activity or a felony, and increases the penalty for possession of a firearm by a felon.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:30 AM

House Budget

Last week, the House passed HB 966, which is the recommended Budget for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years. The Budget will now go to the Senate for consideration.

I was very proud to have been able to successfully lobby for the following funding to be included:

1. Kept the $31,000,000 for the Film Grant for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

2. Pursuant to HB 44 that I had filed, $8,000,000 for the Fort Fisher Historical Site Visitor Center. Including previous appropriations that I had successfully lobbied for, this brings the total State funding to $20,900,000 for this project.

3. Pursuant to HB 159 that I had filed, $2,500,000 for the State Search and Rescue Program.

4. Pursuant to HB 321 that I had filed, $250,000 for a third year of the Wilmington Opioid Pilot Project for a Quick Response Team.

5. As part of the Justice and Public Safety budget recommendations, an additional Assistant District Attorney position for the New Hanover/Pender County Prosecutorial Distirct 6.

6. Also as part of the Justice and Public Safety budget recommendations, an increase in funds to the Indigent Defense Services for an increase in the hourly rate for Court appointed lawyers.

Separate and apart from the above:

1. Pursuant to HB 461 that I had filed, the $10,000,000 appropriation that I had requested for the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will hopefully be addressed later in the budget process.

2. Pursuant to HB 89 that I had filed, the $8,000,000 appropriation that I had requested for the SEA-Tech Vocational High School will hopefully be addressed with funds to be acquired outside this budget process.


Monday, May 6, 2019 9:18 PM

HB 380 Aerial Adventure Courses/Sanders Law

Today, HB 380, Aerial Adventure Courses/Sanders Law, passed the House with bi-partisan support. I introduced this Bill as a result of a 17 year old boy and a 12 year old girl (my cousin Sanders Burney) dying as a result of zipline incidents. I was shocked to learn that zipline operations were not regulated. If this legislation becomes law, zipline/aerial adventure courses will now be regulated under the Department of Labor and this important oversight will hopefully make those operations as safe as possible, thereby decreasing the risk of incidents resulting in death or serious injury.


Friday, May 3, 2019 4:31 PM

House Budget

Today, the House passed HB 966, which is the recommended Budget for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years. The Budget will now go to the Senate for consideration.

I was very proud to have been able to successfully lobby for the following funding to be included:

1. Kept the $31,000,000 for the Film Grant for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

2. Pursuant to HB 44 that I had filed, $8,000,000 for the Fort Fisher Historical Site Visitor Center. Including previous appropriations that I had successfully lobbied for, this brings the total State funding to $20,900,000 for this project.

3. Pursuant to HB 159 that I had filed, $2,500,000 for the State Search and Rescue Program.

4. Pursuant to HB 321 that I had filed, $250,000 for a third year of the Wilmington Opioid Pilot Project for a Quick Response Team.

5. As part of the Justice and Public Safety budget recommendations, an additional Assistant District Attorney position for the New Hanover/Pender County Prosecutorial Distirct 6.

6. Also as part of the Justice and Public Safety budget recommendations, an increase in funds to the Indigent Defense Services for an increase in the hourly rate for Court appointed lawyers.

Separate and apart from the above:

1. Pursuant to HB 461 that I had filed, the $10,000,000 appropriation that I had requested for the Fort Fisher Aquarium will hopefully be addressed later in the budget process.

2. Pursuant to HB 89 that I had filed, the $8,000,000 appropriation that I had requested for the SEA-Tech Vocational High School will hopefully be addressed with funds to be acquired outside this budget process.


Friday, May 3, 2019 2:44 PM

Criminal Gang Laws

There are serious problems with gangs and gang related activities in New Hanover County, as well as the rest of North Carolina. At the request of the City of Wilmington, I filed House Bill 633, entitled Strengthen Criminal Gang Laws. Among others, I worked with Representative Allen McNeill (former Deputy Sheriff); Representative John Faircloth (former Police Chief); the NC Gang Investigators Association and the Conference of District Attorneys.

The Bill, which passed the House with bipartisan support yesterday, will revise the Criminal Gang Nuisance Abatement Act; revise the Criminal Gang Suppression Act; increase penalties for use of a firearm in either criminal gang activity or a felony; and increase the penalty for possession of a firearm by a felon.

We must protect our law abiding citizens, and the provisions of this legislation will help to give law enforcement the tools that they need to do so.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:32 AM

Budget Meeting

I am a Vice-Chairman of the full Appropriation Committee and am in the full Committee meeting today to discuss the proposed House Budget for the next biennium that will be voted on this Thursday and Friday. As a Chairman of the
Justice and Public Safety Appropriation Committee, I presented portions of our budget to the full Committee. It will be a long day as I will also be meeting with local teachers, attending Rules Committee meetings, and presenting a Bill in the Rules Committee.


Monday, April 29, 2019 2:47 PM

Close Call for the Film Grant

In previous Legislative Sessions I was successful in lobbying for a recurring annual appropriation of $31,000,000 with no sunset clause for the Film Grant.

Because of miscommunication with the State Commerce Department, the Chief House Appropriation Chairs were led to believe that there was $67,380,519 of unused funds in the Film Grant Fund, so an additional $31,000,000 was not necessary in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This resulted in that amount being cut from the proposed Budget for the upcoming fiscal year and was to be used for other things.

Fortunately, when I found out about this, I was able to inform the Appropriation Chairs and provide them with documentation that approximately $35,140,683 of that amount was already encumbered for various projects, leaving just $32,239,836 available for new projects. According to the NC Film Office, there are presently 5 projects, and possibly 2 more, that have been agreed to in principal but no final contract has been signed by all of the parties. Obviously, as each contract is finalized more of the $32,239,836 will become encumbered.

After I presented this clarification to the Appropriation Chairs, and with the assistance of the Speaker of the House, the $31,000,000 was put back in the Budget.
I have always been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for this very important economic engine for our region and State.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:19 AM

Vocational High School

Yesterday, HB 89, requesting funding in the amount of $8 million for our SEA-Tech Vocational High School, successfully passed out of the House Committee on Education - K -12 and will proceed to the Appropriations Committee.
New Hanover County School Board Chairman Lisa Estep, School Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley, SEA-Tech Principal Dr. Edie Skipper and Cape Fear Community College Trustee Bruce Shell were present when I presented the Bill.
I want to thank each of them for their support in hopefully making this endeavor a success.


Sunday, March 24, 2019 2:52 PM

Protecting Student Athletes and the Schools they Attend

I introduced HB 125, Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act, which is designed to protect student athletes from the predatory practices of some athlete agents, which include an agent giving large financial gifts to an athlete to enter into an agency contract. These practices can also harm educational institutions when a student athlete continues to play, even without the knowledge of the institution, after he or she has entered into an agency contract. The institution can face fines and sanctions such as forfeiting victories or being banned from bowl games.

The Bill received a unanimous Favorable Report when I presented it in each of the House Judiciary, Finance and Rules Committees, as well as a unanimous bi-partisan vote of 117 to 0 when I presented it on the House floor. The Bill is now in the Senate for Consideration.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:36 AM

Student Athlete Agents Act

On behalf of the General Statutes Commission, of which I am a member, I have filed House Bill 125, Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

The Act is designed to protect student athletes from some athlete agents who engage in the practice of giving large financial gifts to student athletes or their friends or their relatives to induce the student athletes to enter into agency contracts. Also, some athlete agents deceive student athletes into entering into agency contracts with very unfavorable terms.

In addition, the Act is designed to prevent educational institutions and the student athlete's teammates from being harmed. If an educational institution even unwittingly allows a student athlete to continue to play after he or she has entered into an agency contract, the educational institution may be subject to fines and sanctions such as being banned from bowl games and forfeiting victories.
I look forward to presenting this legislation to both the House and the Senate for the protection of both our student athletes and the schools that they play for.


Friday, February 22, 2019 11:39 AM

NC League of Municipalities Event

Thursday night I attended the League of Municipalities Legislative Dinner in Raleigh and had the pleasure of sitting at the table with representatives from Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. I also had the opportunity to visit with representatives from Wilmington that were in attendance. As a former County Commissioner, and now a Legislator, I know the value of keeping an open line of communication between local elected officials and the General Assembly. We must work together for the benefit of those that we represent.


Friday, February 22, 2019 11:38 AM

Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce

Today I attended a Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. Those in attendance included Chamber members, as well as members from the public. I was able to discuss various issues of importance to the Beach, such as beach nourishment and clean drinking water. I also had an opportunity to answer questions from those in attendance. These events are very beneficial because it gives me a chance to have personal contact with my constituents, talk about what is important to them, and talk about what is important to me


Tuesday, February 19, 2019 2:55 PM

Vocational High School

As a former County Commissioner and Cape Fear Community Trustee, I have been a long-time supporter of Vocational High Schools. During 2017, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) partnered to open the Southeast Area Technical High School (SEA-Tech) on the north campus of CFCC. I was very proud to have been able to get an appropriation of $1,000,000 to support that endeavor.

In the fall of this year, SEA-Tech will be moving to the former Rock Church facility that was purchased by NHCS and located one-half mile from the CFCC campus. Funding is needed to renovate, expand and furnish that facility so SEA-Tech can continue to grow, foster career development, and serve the employment needs of the surrounding region.

I have introduced House Bill 89 requesting an appropriation of $8,000,000 to NHCS for this larger facility. Hopefully this request will be included in the Budget so this important educational tool can be used to give students a chance to obtain an excellent vocational education.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:56 PM

Fort Fisher Funding

Fort Fisher is the most visited State Historic Site in North Carolina, attracting more than 900,000 visitors during the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. There is a project to build a new visitor center, expand earthworks exhibit, upgrade the parking lot, and build new maintenance facilities. I was able to get an initial appropriation of $400,000 for architectural design and then additional appropriations of $12,500,000 toward the $20,000,000 cost of the project. I have filed a Bill seeking the remaining $7,500,000 of the project cost. Hopefully I will be successful with this request so that the project can be bid and construction can begin.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:30 PM

January 31, 2019 Newsletter

The 2019 Long Session has begun.

I have been assigned Seat #15 in the House Chamber. This is an advancement from my previous Seat #27.

The Speaker of the House has appointed me to the following committees:

Judiciary, Senior Chair
Appropriations
Appropriations – Justice and Public Safety, Chair
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Chair
Education – Universities, Vice-Chair
Elections and Ethics Law
Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
General Statutes Commission
Legislative Research Commission
Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee
Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

I appreciate the confidence that the Speaker has shown in appointing me to these various Committees and Commissions, and I look forward to working for the benefit of House District 19, as well as the rest of North Carolina.


Monday, January 28, 2019 4:18 PM

Getting Ready for the 2019 Legislative Long Session

The 2019 Legislative Long Session will begin on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. In preparation for this Session:

On January 3, I met with Wilmington Fire Department Chief Buddy Martinette and New Hanover County Fire Services Chief Donnie Hall to discuss the possibility of recurring funds for the State Search and Rescue Services.

On Tuesday, January 8, I attended a legislative breakfast with the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners to discuss the County's legislative and budget priorities, which included the quality of our drinking water; supporting the film industry; developing a dedicated funding source for beach nourishment; and increased funding for transportation needs.

I am a member of the General Statutes Commission, which had previously discussed legislation dealing with athlete agents. On Thursday, January 10, I attended a meeting of the Commission on Fair Treatment of College Athletes in Raleigh and discussed a proposed Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

On Friday, January 11, I attended a meeting of the General Statutes Commission in Raleigh and discussed the proposed Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act. The Commission approved my moving forward to introduce a Bill pertaining to this Act during the 2019 Legislative Session.

On Wednesday, January 16, I met with members of the Carolina Beach Town Council to discuss issues concerning Freeman Park.

Also on January 16, I attended the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Workshop and discussed legislative issues affecting Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, which included beach nourishment and shallow-inlet dredging.

On Thursday, January 17, I attended the New Hanover County Schools Legislative Luncheon, where we discussed legislative and budget priorities, which included employee salary increases; continued funding for school safety initiatives; local calendar flexibility; and sales tax exemption.

On Friday, January 18, I met with members of the Carolina Beach Inlet Association and New Hanover County to discuss various issues dealing with shallow-inlet dredging.

On Thursday, January 24, I met with elected officials and representatives from New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Brunswick Counties in Burgaw to discuss Hurricane Florence issues, which included transportation; housing; private sector impacts/industry recruitment; and schools. I look forward to follow-up meetings with this group in order to develop solutions to successfully prepare for hurricanes and major storms in the future.

On Friday, January 25, I attended a New Hanover Regional Medical Center Legislative Briefing, which included discussions about various potential legislation that could affect the hospital; the increased cost of providing medical care; and Medicaid expansion.

In addition to the above, I look forward to future meetings to discuss legislative issues with the City of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Beach Communities Breakfast hosted by Wrightsville Beach.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:58 PM

2018 Inmate Pharmacy Purchasing/Monitoring Legislation

I am a member of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, which among many other things, previously examined the efficiency and economy of inmate healthcare. During the 2018 Special Session, I was one of the two Primary Sponsors of House Bill 1108, which focused on pharmaceutical-related expenditures for inmates, which totaled $72,700,000 during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The Bill requires developing a program for purchasing medications for the treatment of certain costly medical conditions; revising medication administration protocol; establishing controls to limit medications lost during the inmate transfer process; and developing a mechanism to ensure adherence to the short-supply policy for local medication purchases. It is estimated that the provisions of this Bill will save the State of North Carolina approximately $13,400,000 per year.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:58 PM

2018 Human Trafficking Legislation

Human trafficking, especially involving our children, is an absolutely terrible act that cannot be tolerated.

I previously had the privilege of being one of the four Primary Sponsors on legislation introduced in the House that increased the penalties for human trafficking convictions. I was proud to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Partners Against Trafficking Humans in North Carolina for my efforts.

Because of my past involvement in combating human trafficking, I was asked during the 2017 Long Session to be one of the four Primary Sponsors of House Bill 910, which included a request for appropriate funding to provide shelter beds and mental health services to victims of human trafficking.

Pursuant to that Bill, the 2018 Short Session Budget included an appropriation of $1,500,000 to the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission for victim services. I am so thankful for this funding being appropriated to help to address this serious problem and to bring vital help to those who are victims of sex trafficking.

My wife and I raised a wonderful daughter, who is now married and the mother of my precious granddaughter. I can’t bear to think of something this horrible happening to either of them. Because of that inspiration, I will continue to fight against this despicable act and support bringing those who engage in this unacceptable activity to a harsh punishment.


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