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From the office of N.C. Rep. Karl Gillespie

The House held no-vote sessions on Monday, July 19, 2021 and Tuesday July 20, 2021.

Wednesday’s legislative schedule consisted of the House Banking and House Rules committees meeting prior to the start of the 3:00 PM session.

Wednesday’s session consisted of a vote on the following bill:

– HJR971, Honor Melanie Wade Goodwin, Former Member, is a joint resolution honoring the life and memory of Melanie Wade Goodwin, former Member of the General Assembly. The bill passed by a voice vote.

The House held no-vote sessions on Thursday and Friday.

The House reconvened Monday evening to vote on the following legislation:

– HB50, Calypso Annexation, would add a certain described property to the corporate limits of the Town of Calypso. The House voted via voice vote to concur with the Senate version.

– HB791, Licensed Counselors Interstate Compact, would make North Carolina a member of the Counseling Compact, an interstate licensure compact for licensed professional counselors and appropriate $20,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year to assist with the administrative costs. The bill passed unanimously, 82-0.

The House and Senate held no-vote sessions the remainder of the week as work on the budget continues.

The week of August 2, 2021 began with continued work on the budget. No-vote sessions were held Monday and Tuesday evenings. On Wednesday, following an afternoon caucus, the House convened for a voting session. Various bills were considered, including:

– HB19, Remove Various Satellite Annexation Caps, would exempt the Towns of North Wilkesboro, Norwood, and Oakboro from the 10% area cap on voluntary satellite annexations. I voted in favor and the bill passed, 107-3.

– HB312, Qualifications for Sheriff/Expunction, would do the following: Clarify that an individual who has been convicted of a felony, regardless of any expunctions or restoration of rights of citizenship, is ineligible for the office of sheriff, in accordance with Article VII, Section 2 of the North Carolina Constitution; Require a candidate or appointee for the office of sheriff to file a disclosure statement prepared by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission verifying that the candidate or appointee has no prior felony convictions or expungements of felony convictions. I voted in favor and the bill passed, 71-39.

Thursday morning I attended the Appropriations, Education Committee where we reviewed the education portion of the House budget proposal.

Session convened at 11:30 a.m. and among the bills we considered were:

– HB911, Regulatory Reform 2.0, would amend various State laws related to State and local government, utilities, education, occupational licenses, and other regulations. I voted in favor and the bill passed, 63-45.

– HB96, Allow Pharmacists to Administer Injectable Drugs, would expand the number of vaccines and medications that immunizing pharmacists are allowed to administer and require parents to provide written consent before a vaccine approved under an Emergency Use Authorization is administered to a minor. I voted in favor and the bill passed, 106-5.

– SB150, Various Local Act Changes, would amend the Charter of the City of Morganton to clarify the time period for filling vacancies in the Office of Mayor and to provide that the City Manager shall appoint the City Clerk to update fines for certain boating violations on Lake James; to provide that elections for the Town of Hildebran shall be held in even-numbered years; to establish office hours for the Registers of Deeds in Cleveland County, among other changes. The bill passed unanimously, 111-0.

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