Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear.

— Abraham Lincoln

NC General Assembly Watch

The NC General Assembly is in the long session in 2017. Bills introduced and laws passed have a direct and immediate effect on NC residents. This team is working to identify bills introduced and committees studying these bills and communicate action items as necessary.

NCGA OVERVIEW

The General Assembly (ncga.state.nc.us)  is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina State Senate. The House has 120 members, while the Senate has 50.

The General Assembly meets in regular session (or the "long session") beginning in January of each odd-numbered year, and adjourns to reconvene the following even-numbered year for what is called the "Short Session." Though there is no limit on the length of any session, the "long session" typically lasts for 6 months, and the "short session" typically lasts for 6 weeks.

See Ballotpedia for an in-depth article about the NC General Assembly.

If you are interested in learning more, joining our team, or sharing information, you can reach us at ncga@indivisibleavl.org.

FOCUS GROUPS

  • Redistricting
  • Medicaid Expansion (also see Medicare/SS)
  • Voting rights

ACTIONS

  • Calling & Emailing Representatives
  • Participating in demonstrations and marches
  • Educating the public

Call as if your life depended on it! It does.

The Senate is voting on their awful health care bill tomorrow – and this could be our best chance to stop it once and for all. If this vote passes, Congress will be on its way to stripping away coverage and severely hiking costs for older Americans. We must do everything in our power to stop it today. Even if you’ve called before, Sen. Burr and Sen. Tillis need to hear from you today, before they vote. Call (202) 224-3121 right now, and tell them to stand up for you and kill this higher-cost, less-coverage bill, once and for all.
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Redistricting

We are working to build a bipartisan coalition to support the creation of an independent redistricting commission whose directive will be to redraw districts strictly based on population density, and to ensure Equal and Just Representation.

Medicaid Expansion

Our goal is to have North Carolina Expand Medicaid coverage and accept federal expansion dollars, thereby improving access to health care services to all North Carolinians.

Voting Rights

We collaborate with and support existing groups and individuals who are promoting free and fair elections in North Carolina to:

  • increase statewide voter participation;
  • provide voter education 
  • strengthen the principles of democracy in North Carolina.  

We want to make sure that every eligible voter in NC has equal, unfettered and free access to the polls to the full extent provided by the Constitution of the United States.