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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.

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