Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

— 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 (https://ballotpedia.org/North_Carolina_General_Assembly).

If you are interested in learning more reach us at ncga@indivisibleavl.org.

FOCUS GROUPS

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

ACTIONS WE TAKE

  • Calling & Email Representatives
  • Participate in demonstrations and Marches
  • Educate the public

Show Up & Speak Out: Rep. Mark Meadows Coming to Asheville 4/20

Rep. Mark Meadows, representing WNC’s 11th Congressional District (Candler, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Woodfin, Weaverville), is making a quiet stop in Asheville on Thursday, April 20. If you’d like to send him a message, show up and bring your signs in peaceful protest to remind him of the issues that are important to his constituents! WHO:      Rep. Mark…
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ERA Postcard & Women’s Reproductive Rights Poster Party

Drop in any time between 5:00 and 8:00- we will have postcards to support the ERA in NC, and we'll make posters for our upcoming trip to Charlotte to advocate for reproductive rights at Senator Tillis's office! Donations for supplies and postage welcome but totally optional.
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Equal Rights Amendment Calls to Rules Committee

The ERA bill is currently sitting in the Rules Committee and for it to move forward, it must be put on the agenda. These 4 calls are to the House and Senate leaders who have the power to put it on the agenda.
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Support NC Senate Bill 554 – Fair Redistricting

Tuesday April 4 is the final day that North Carolina Senators can co-sponsor Senate Bill 554, the fair redistricting bill. Call or email your Senator now and ask them to sponsor Senate Bill 554. Ask your red county friends to call and email, too! Why is Senate Bill 554 so important? We all know that North…
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NC Senate Alert: Oppose SB 325

NC Senate Bill 325 proposes a $1 billion tax cut that primarily benefits the wealthy and corporations. This bill is expected to go to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, April 4th. Please call your state senator on Monday and ask them to vote NO on this bill to preserve revenue for the programs needed to serve all…
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Supreme Court Alert: Tell Sen. Tillis by April 2 to Stop the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am.  Senator Thom Tillis is a member of this committee. If he is confirmed by the Committee, his nomination will go to the full Senate for a final vote (date TBD). Call…
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Communication within your Focus Group

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NC General Assembly Watch Focus Groups

Redistricting

Vision: Equal and Just Representation.

Mission: To build a bipartisan coalition to support the creation of an independent redistricting commission whose directive will be to redistrict strictly on  population density.

Medicaid Expansion

Vision: Improve access to health care services to North Carolina 

Mission: To have North Carolina expand Medicaid coverage and accept federal expansion dollars.

Voting Rights

Vision: Ensure 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

Mission: Collaborate with and support existing groups and individuals who are promoting free and fair elections in North Carolina,  increased statewide voter participation;  provide voter education and improve the strength and principles of democracy in North Carolina.