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NC Legislative Report by Col. Brenda T. Formo

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Much has happened this week in the North Carolina State Legislature and Col. Brenda Formo has covered it all. Katy’s Conservative Corner cannot thank her enough for her dedication and oversight to conservative causes.

This report helps many plan their legislative activities and know when to contact their elected officials. Formo had a distinguished career in the United States Army and we thank her for her service to our nation.

Writing on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mrs. Formo is the State Vice-President of the Central Region.  To find out how to join a Republican Women’s Club near you, please contact Valerie White.

 

 

Update on Governor Perdue’s Actions on Pending Legislation

Governor (Beverly) Perdue has been reviewing more than 200 bills since Monday, Jun 20.  She has until Jun 30th to sign, veto, or let the bills become law without her signature.

The status of key bills:

 

1.  Voter Photo ID - The governor vetoed the bill on Jun 23, 2011 stating, “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.”

It is obvious to 75 percent* of voters in NC that a photo ID serves to determine “eligibility” of voters, and is a deterrent to those who attempt to vote more than once, or who are not the person they purport to be.

(*From Elon University polling in April 2011.  Other NC polling on Voter Photo IDs has ranged from 70% to 84% approving of the legislation.)

Opponents allege that some people do not have photo identification, it would be an additional cost they cannot afford, and they would be “disenfranchised.” However, the facts are that the bill “requires the state to provide a photo ID to those who don’t have one at no cost to those citizens.”

(Press Release from President Pro Tempore Phil Berger)

Senate President Pro Tempore Berger said, “We shouldn’t be surprised by how far the governor will go to score political points with the liberal wing of her party.  A measure that ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer, and most North Carolinians agree.  It’s a shame Gov. Perdue is playing politics with the integrity of elections.”

[House Speaker Thom Tillis “announced Friday that the North Carolina House will attempt to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the voter ID bill when the body reconvenes in July.” ] See post, here.

2.  Employers Must E-Verify Immigration Status (HB36) - Governor Perdue signed the bill into law Friday, Jun 24.  It requires employers with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify program to determine the legal status of new employees. For large companies the law is effective in 2012 and for small companies it is effective in 2013.  The legislation also requires that local governments use E-verify in Oct 2011.

3.  Gun-Rights Law (HB650) – Gov. Perdue signed a bill that gives citizens more “legal standing to protect themselves against unlawful entry into their homes, workplaces and vehicles,” effective Dec 1, 2011.  (News & Record)

4.  Laura’s Law (HB49) – Signed Jun 24, the law “creates harsher punishment for repeat DWI offenders.” The bill was inspired by the death of Laura Fortenberry, a Gaston County teenager killed last year by a drunk driver.  Her grandmother is Kay Roukema, Caldwell County Republican Women.  (WRAL)

5.  Important bills being considered by the governor are the following:  Medical Malpractice (SB33); Workers’ Compensation (HB709); Abortion – A Woman’s Right to Know (HB854); Annexation Reform (HB945); Oil and Gas Exploration (SB709); and Restrictions on Lawsuits (HB542), among others.

The governor’s office has received over 1,000 telephone calls about the legislation awaiting her decisions, and “. . . more than a fourth were in opposition to SB709″ that focuses on energy independence in NC by encouraging “offshore oil and gas exploration and inland shale gas exploration.”  Other calls to the governor concerned the abortion bill that includes a 24-hour waiting period and information from a medical doctor to the pregnant woman before the life of a baby is terminated.  Records show that 56% of those calling the governor support the bill.  However, 78% of those emailing were opposed.  (News & Observer)

She has also received more than 32,000 emails on legislative issues, “. . . more than 4000 that addressed SB781,” a bill that environmentalists oppose.    (News & Observer)

The Left, including environmentalists and pro-choice advocates, are busy emailing and calling the governor.  We must be proactive in the same way.  Governor Perdue’s telephone numbers are: (800) 662-7952 and (919) 733-2391.  Her Fax is (919) 733-2120.  Her email is: governor.office@nc.gov.

North Carolina Redistricting

 

On Thursday, Jun 23 the Senate and House Re-districting Committees held public comment meetings at seven different locations in NC, including:  Raleigh, Jamestown (Guilford County), Charlotte, Ahoskie, Greenville, Fayetteville, and Wilmington.

The Senate and House Voting Rights Act (VRA) maps and statistical information were available for attendees.  VRA maps were presented last week via the NC General Assembly’s website.  The public comment forums were in a video-conference format so that observers from all locations could hear and see the speakers.  Senator Bob Rucho (Mecklenburg) presided over the meeting.  He said the event on Jun 23rd was the first step in public viewing and commenting on the proposed VRA redistricting maps and its purpose was to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

As an observer for the first two hours at the Jamestown location,

opponents from across the state representing the NAACP and the Democrat party appeared to read from talking points supplied by one source. Many of the speakers used the exact same words in describing the proposed redistricting VRA maps stating it was a return to “segregation,” “disenfranchised minorities by suppressing the black vote,” and “packing” and “cracking” minorities.

(Definitions from WRAL.com:  “Packing” is “trying to concentrate minority voters into a few VRA districts in order to minimize their impact in neighboring districts.”  “Cracking” is “splitting up minority communities to dilute their voting power.”)

Although the Associated Press did not make the connection above, they quoted opponents of the redistricting plan citing racism and unfairness, including one self-declared Republican who spoke concerning the “splitting of precincts,” and “shifting voters around to protect GOP candidates.”

Both Senator Bob Rucho and Rep David Lewis of Dunn, Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Redistricting have issued a joint letter concerning “public misstatements and incorrect assertions from editorial boards, activists and members of the legislature” about the proposed redistricting.  They stated that their “plan includes 24 majority-minority African American districts in the House and nine majority-minority districts in the Senate.”

(News & Observer)

In step two, congressional maps will be released next week, and in step three the complete proposed maps will be released on Jul 11. 

Additional hearings will be held on Jul 7 for public comments on the congressional maps, and on Jul 18 for comments on the complete proposed maps.

 

Go to ncga.state.nc.us for redistricting information. Please attend all of the meetings possible, due to the overwhelming numbers of Democrats and liberals attending.  In short, we need conservatives at these meetings.  - KCC

U.S. House of Representatives

1.  On Jun 23 the House passed H Resolution 320 that provides appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012.  The vote was 251 to 173, with 7 not voting.

NC Representatives voting for the Resolution:  Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), Walter B. Jones (R-3rd), Virginia Foxx (R-5th), Howard Coble (R-6th), Mike McIntyre (D-7th), Larry Kissell (D-8th), Sue Myrick (R-9th), Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th), and Heath Shuler (D-11th).

NC Representatives voting against the Resolution;  G.K. Butterfield (D-1st), David E. Price (D-4th), Melvin  L. Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th). (Editor’s Note: Pardon the pun, but clearly we know who to target in 2010)

2.  Also on Jun 23 the House voted to amend title 35 of the US Code for Patent Reform.

The vote was 304 to 117, with 10 not voting.  All NC Representatives voted for the legislation except Representative Walter B. Jones (R-3rd).  The Senate passed the legislation in March.

Opponents of the change have said that it weakens the U.S. patent system; it affects small businesses and inventors by cutting off innovations; and that it gives unfair advantage to large companies.

Supporters say that it will help the Patent and Trademark Office to address a 700,000 patent application backlog.

3.  On Jun 22 the House passed HR 2021 that is a “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011.”

The vote was 253 to 166, with 12 not voting.  The legislation “amends the Clean Air Act to require any air quality impact of Outer Continental Shelf sources to be measured or modeled and determined solely with respect to the impacts in the corresponding onshore area.”

All NC Republican Representatives voted for the measure except Walter B. Jones (R-3rd) who joined with all NC Democrat Representatives in voting against it.

U.S. Senate

1.   On Jun 23 the Senate rejected an amendment (S.Amdt 499 to S679) “to end the appointments of presidential Czars who have not been subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and to prohibit funds for any salaries and expenses for appointed Czars.”  The vote was 47 to 51, with 2 not voting.  Senator Richard Burr voted for the amendment and Senator Kay Hagan voted to retain President Barack Obama‘s current Czar procedure of giving authority and power to unelected officials.

 

2.  Also on Jun 23 the Senate rejected an amendment (S.Amdt 510 to S679) that is the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 that is “to strike the provision relating to the Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics.”  The vote was 41 to 57, with 2 not voting.    Senator Burr voted for the amendment and Senator Hagan voted against it.

3.    On Jun 21 the Senate voted on a cloture motion concerning S782 the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011. The bill amends “the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to reauthorize that Act.“  The vote failed 49 to 51, since 60 votes were required.  Senator Burr voted against it and Senator Hagan voted for it.

4.  Leon Panetta was unanimously confirmed as the Secretary of Defense by the Senate on Jun 21, 2011.

Sources: ncga.state.nc.us; Greensboro News and Record, “Photo ID for voters is vetoes,” by Mark Binker, Jun 24, 2011 and “Republicans under fire on redistricting,” AP, Jun 24, 2011 and “Perdue signs DWI bill for tougher sentencing,” by AP, Jun 24, 2011; News Release:  Berger Statement on Perdue’s Veto of Voter ID Bill,” Ray Martin, President Pro Tempore’s Office, Jun 23, 2011; News & Observer, “Advocates set sights on Perdue,” by Craig Jarvis, Jun 23, 2011 and “GOP redistricting chairs battle ‘public misstatements and incorrect assertions’” by M. Bieseck on Jun 22, 2011; Memorandum for Record, Subject:  Observations at the Jamestown Public Comments Forum on the Senate and House VRA maps, Jun 23, 2011; Charlotte Observer, “Race is key to flap over GOP’s plan for 3 dozen new N.C. districts,” by Jim Morrill, Jun 23, 2011; wral.com, “Perdue signs 22 bills,” Jun 24, 2011 and “Redistricting chairs defend maps,” Jun 23, 2011 and “Perdue signs law requiring immigration checks,” by AP, Jun 24, 2011; house.govsenate.gov.; mysanantonio.com, “Patents by the numbers,” by Gary Martin, Jun 2, 2011; and Northern Wake Republican Club, “Tillis Announces House to Take Override Vote on Voter ID,” Press Release from Speaker Tillis, Jun 24, 2011.

 

Updated: Castle Doctrine Bill Passed 2nd Reading in NC Senate, Final Vote Scheduled for Monday

Update: The Senate has schedule the final vote for Monday. They go into session at 7:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Senate Thursday tentatively approved a bill that allows citizens to stand their ground and defend themselves with deadly force when an intruder unlawfully enters their home, vehicle or place of business.

Under current law, citizens may be required to prove an intruder intended to harm or kill them or commit a felony before using deadly force to protect themselves and their property.  Otherwise, they could be subject to criminal and civil penalties. The Castle Doctrine (SB 34) establishes that an unlawful entry in and of itself endangers the victims and provides legal justification for a forceful response.

“If someone forcibly breaks into your home, car or place of business, they’re not there to help you,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).  “Victims simply do not have time to call a lawyer and figure out a criminal’s intent.  The split second response to an intruder could mean the difference between life and death.  Criminals are not entitled to the benefit of the doubt at the expense of their victims.”

“Citizens should not be treated like criminals for defending their home, themselves or their family,” said Senator E.S. ‘Buck’ Newton (R-Wilson), a sponsor of the bill. “No one should be required by law to retreat from an unlawful intruder under any circumstances.”

 

Misguided Regulation Aimed at Gun Owners – More Gun Control?

Katie Trout, over at the NC Civitas Institue, has written a heck of a post regarding more gun control emerging in the United States Congress in the wake of the Arizona shootings.

Yes, we knew it would be coming, but Trout explains how Federal and even State  lawmakers want to stop or limit the sales of high capacity magazines.

She writes:

Lawmakers now appear interested in reinstating a ban that expired in 2004 which made it illegal to manufacture or sell ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds (also known as high-capacity ammunition clips). Loughner’s weapon had been modified to use this type of magazine.

Check out Trout’s post for the full story.

For other background, check out: NC Law Might Have Prevented Gun Sale from the Greensboro News and Record.

NC Cong. Shuler To Carry Concealed At Political Events

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday, Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC, 11), will  start carrying a concealed handgun at public events in his  district in response to Saturday’s shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Reporter Bill Theobald wrote that Shuler has worked hard to raise his profile on the House floor as leader of the moderate Democrats, known as the “Blue Dogs”. ” However, nothing he has done has gotten him as much attention as this…”

Theobald also wrote that Shuler obtained a concealed carry permit in 2009 after his life was threatened.  ( The same happened to this blogger in 2007.)

Shuler was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2010, a group in which KCC is a longtime member.

Read the complete story, here.

Obama Bans 1 Million Rifles

Just Say No To Obama's Gun Control!

According to the latest Townhall Spotlight, President Barack Obama quietly has banned the re-importation of millions of American-made M-1 Garand and Carbine rifles used during the Korean War.  They are currently being stored in South Korea.

According to the National Association of Gun Rights,

these rifles were made in America, by Americans for Americans to defend freedom on foreign shores and are greatly sought after by American shooters and collectors.

Now State Department officials claim these antique, collector rifles could be used to commit crimes.

You can help NAGR help fight the Obama team.  Go to their website and watch the video and sign the petition.  Obama and his cronies are doing everything they can to take away our remaining freedoms.  Let’s fight him every inch of the way.

NRA Backs Burr

NRA Sent these Stickers to It's Members Recently, backing Richard Burr.

No surprise here as the National Rifle Association has chosen to support Senator Richard Burr in his re-election bid for the United States Senate.

In a letter to North Carolina members of the NRA,  Grassroots Director Chris Cox wrote:

Richard Burr has fought the good fight and helped block attacks on the Second Amendment, day in and day out…He’ll be able to do even more to protect the Second Amendment in the next Congress.  We need to send Richard Burr back to the Senate to continue to protect our rights from those who want to take them away.

Cox, writing on behalf of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, went on to say add some of Burr’s accomplishments in supporting our Second Amendment rights:

*Earned an “A” rating and endorsement from (an NRA group) for his unwavering record in the US Senate and House of Representatives for his unwavering record and commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage

*Cosponsored and voted for the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act that would repeal the DC gun ban/registration statute and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents of our nation’s capital.

Don’t Drive Through DC

This position is particular interesting to this blogger.   KCC goes to Washington frequently, one of the top cities for crime in the United States.  Every state around the District recognizes North Carolina’s concealed carry license, which your blogger earned.

However, if your blogger were to drive directly through DC, gun in her car, concealed or not, she would immediately be a felon in the eyes of the DC law.     This is frustrating as this blogger has always been a law-abiding citizen, apart one or two traffic tickets she received over twenty years ago.  If she were to travel north, to Maryland, she would have to take the long way, around DC, not through it, to get there.

Other highlights include:

*Signed the pro-gun “friend of the court” brief in the 2008 McDonald case supporting that position that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans.

*Voted for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment that would extend federal protection of state right to carry licenses and permits across the country.

*Voted for an amendment that now prohibits gun confiscation during states of emergency as happened after Hurricane Katrina.

I'm the NRA and I Vote Yard Sign

*God bless him, he voted against anti-gun, and liberal activist Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia “Wise Latina Woman” Sotomayor.

Meanwhile, Elaine Marshall would not even answer the questionnaire this year and in the past – “an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen”.  She was ranked a ?