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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.

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