Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

“The art of living is to die young as late as possible.”

— William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Yale University Chaplin (1960s)

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

Tell the FCC not to kill Net Neutrality

FCC Chair Ajit Pai - a former Verizon lawyer - is about to let his corporate Internet pals roll out "fast lanes" for sites & apps that pay, and slow everything else to a crawl. Giant monopolies could control the Internet, forever. To stop him, we have to flood the FCC with comments.
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Keep Calling Against New Version of Healthcare Bill

Despite overwhelming opposition and a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans are now working to get enough votes to pass Trumpcare with an amendment – the MacArthur/Meadows Amendment, co-sponsored by our own District 11 Representative Mark Meadows – that makes a bad bill even worse. If passed, the MacArthur/Meadows version…
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Redistricting

Our Mission is 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 Mission 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

Our Mission is to 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 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.