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Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:26 PM

Ted Davis Receives Recognition from NCFREE

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Legislative Building | 16 West Jones Street | Raleigh, NC 27601 | 919-733-4111

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 15, 2020

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina FreeEnterprise 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.

In the North Carolina House of Representatives, Representative Ted Davis Jr. earned one of the top ratings with a 95.3% pro-business voting record.

On the ratings report, Rep. Davis offered the following:

“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”.

House Majority Leader John R. Bell, IV (R-Wayne) offered the following:

“Thanks to Republican pro-growth reforms like less taxes and fewer regulations, North Carolina has built a strong economy and has been rated the top state for business by Forbes for three straight years. As we navigate the challenges associated with the coronavirus, we will continue to promote polices that support of small businesses and job growth.”

Anna Beavon Gravely, Executive Director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation:

“There is no ignoring the disruption and destruction caused by COVID-19 not only to our business community, but also to our friends and family. As such, the NCFREE Research Committee decided it was necessary to show how legislators are voting in 2020 and then how those votes impacted their overall 2019-2020 Session score…”.

NC FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFREE) is the premiere research organization in the state providing non-partisan analysis of the political landscape and its impact on North Carolina’s business environment.

The ratings for the Senators featured 20 recorded votes, and the ratings for the Representatives featured 19 recorded votes. Additional information on the methodology behind the ratings is available at the NCFREE website, ncfree.org.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:01 PM

Ted Davis on Public Safety

 

 

Ted Davis On Public Safety

Since being in Raleigh, I have continued to have a positive relationship with law enforcement throughout North Carolina. I 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 2ndAmendment 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 very proud to have received the endorsement of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance, as well as the endorsement of the North Carolina Troopers Association.





I have proudly served the citizens of New Hanover County and ask for your vote on November 3rd!

To learn more about me and what I have been doing in Raleigh, please go to my website, www.teddavisfornchouse.com.

Representative, Ted Davis, Jr.


Friday, October 9, 2020 3:44 PM

Representative Ted Davis supports Pro-life Legislation

As a conservative Republican, during the 2019-2020 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly, I was proud to have Co-Sponsored each of the following Bills:

 

House Bill 53 – A Second Chance For Life, allowing a drug-induced abortion to be reversed after the first dose of medication has been administered.

 

House Bill 54 – Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment, prohibiting dismemberment abortions.

 

House Bill 603 – Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, preventing the abortion of an unborn child capable of feeling pain (postfertilization age of 20 or more weeks) unless it is necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.

 

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. I will never forget how awful it made me feel.

 

I am running for re-election in the new House District 20 against a liberal Democrat.  I hope that I will have your support and vote so that I can continue my pro-life fight in the General Assembly in Raleigh.


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 2019-2020 Jobs Champion by the NC Chamber

Representative Ted Davis has been named by the NC Chamber as a 2019 – 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 for the fifth time” 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.”
 
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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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