The Raleigh Report by Representative Phil Shepard – Feb. 8, 2013
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 530
Raleigh, NC 27603
Raleigh, NC – This week we ended our first full week of this long session. On Wednesday we adopted the permanent rules for the 2013-2014 session. Also on Wednesday we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the State Legislative Building. Below is a picture of the cake featured at the celebration. House Joint Resolution 64, introduced by Representatives Tim Moore and Deborah Ross, unanimously passed both the House and Senate on Wednesday. This resolution details the history of the construction of the State Legislative Building and thanks its architect, the lade Edward Durrell Stone, for his work on the building. The resolution also thanks the 1959 General Assembly for their efforts to appropriate the funds and resources to make construction of this building possible. Thanks to the visionary leadership, the North Carolina General Assembly has enjoyed 50 years in the best legislative building in the country!
As discussed the last week’s newsletter the House of Representatives have taken bold steps to address North Carolina’s nearly $3 billion debt to the federal government. Business development and job creation are top priorities for our state, and it was imperative to deal with this debt to make North Carolina more competitive for economic development and make it easier for job creators to hire more workers. It was a difficult decision but we knew that we had to do something to help this problem and make North Carolina competitive with the rest of the United States. The House of Representatives passed HB 4 Tuesday afternoon and sent the Bill to the Senate for consideration. We expect the Senate to pass the legislation quickly and send it to Governor McCrory for signature, which he has indicated he will do.
On Monday evening we passed a House Resolution to honor the Boy Scouts of America. The House of Representatives honors the memory of William D. Boyce for his role in founding the Boy Scouts of America and expresses its appreciation to the members of the Boy Scouts of America for their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of this state. Currently almost 120,000 North Carolinians participate in the scouting program and we would like to congratulate and honor all of our Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts in the district.
Also this week House Bill 8 was introduced and proposes an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution preventing state and local governments from seizing private property for anything other than public use. If enacted, property could only be taken by eminent domain after just compensation is provided to the property owner. Currently, North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that does not specifically require “just compensation” in its constitution when property is taken for a public use. This proposed amendment would change that. A similar bill passed overwhelmingly in 2011 with broad bipartisan support, so there is no reason to think the House wouldn’t move this bill quickly in the next few weeks.
In our office this week we met with Bob Stutts from AFL-CIO to discuss his concerns. Please feel free to contact or visit our office if you have any comments, concerns, or suggestions. I want to make sure that I am doing my best to support you here in Raleigh. Also, if you wish to be removed from this newsletter mailing list please let us know.
Rep. Phil Shepard
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