Legislative Accomplishments

Education 

Every Child Ready to Learn of 2007-2008

How long are we going to tolerate losing almost a third of our students to drop out, losing a great number of teachers after the first three years on the job and under-performing on standardized tests?

This law is the solution to:

Moves the kindergarten entrance age from October 16 to August 31, to make sure that every child is ready to learn. For over 30 years, every kindergarten classroom had 4, 5,and 6­ year­ old students. This was unproductive for all students and teachers.

 Impact:

Minds saved. Thank you to Judith Kuhn for contributing this idea.

Minds.pngSee H150 legislation 

 

Simplify Building Standards for Pre-K Classes of 2009-2010

Did you realize that kindergarten classrooms statewide were facing mandatory, and often unnecessary, renovations?

This law is the solution to:

Millions of dollars being spent every year on needless renovations of elementary school classrooms, Wake County Schools estimated that this reduction in regulation saves thousands of dollars for every new or renovated pre­K classroom.

Impact:

Money saved. Thank you to Winston­Salem/Forsyth County Schools Construction Management Department for contributing this idea.

Money.pngSee H1031 legislation

 

School Notified of Gang Violence of 2009-2010

Did you realize that North Carolina principals were unable to access information regarding gangs even when there was a clear threat to the safety of students?

This law is the solution to:

Administrators statewide being prevented from giving students and teachers the necessary protection to have a safe learning environment.

Impact:

Lives and minds saved. Thank you to Buddy Collins, member of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, for contributing this idea. 

Lives.pngSee H1327 legislation

 

Safe Schools Act of 2009-2010 

Did you realize that a teacher who had been recommended for dismissal could simply resign and apply in another school system without any evidence of previous wrongdoing?

This law is the solution to:

Teachers and administrators switching school districts when they have done something wrong by requiring superintendents to report dismissal recommendations to the State Board of Education.

Impact:

Minds saved. Thank you to Jeannie Metcalf of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board for contributing this idea.

Minds.pngSee H1377 legislation

 

Safe Students Act of 2011-2012

Did you realize that children in North Carolina could enter school without a birth certificate and an immunization record?

This law is the solution to:

Some children not getting a proper education due to no proof of age and others putting peers in danger due to no proof of immunization.

Impact:

Minds, money, and lives saved.

Minds.pngSee H744 legislation


 

Family Values  

The Heart Prevails Act of 2007-2008

Why is it that 25 years after the first heart transplant that the number of patients waiting for organ transplants is a staggering 100,000 and growing?

This law is the solution to:

Cement what North Carolinians already thought, that the heart on their driver’s license would be honored.

Impact:Lives saved. In the first year of its existence, the North Carolina Eye Bank reported a 50% increase in corneal transplants in North Carolina. This legislation is in honor of Dalton Folwell and Tim Dillon.

Lives.pngSee H1372 legislation

 

Unborn Victims of Violence Act/Ethen’s Law of 2010-2011

Did you realize that the murder of a pregnant woman yielded two murder charges on the Blue Ridge Parkway or a military base, but only one charge anywhere else in the state?

This law is the solution to:

Pregnant women and their children not getting the justice they deserve.

Impact:

Lives saved. Murderers punished. This legislation is in memory of Ethen Neilson, Elijah Robinson, and all unborn victims of violence.

Lives.pngSee H215 legislation

 

Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act of 2011-2012

Did you realize that high school male and female athletes were being placed in potentially dangerous conditions every day in school­sponsored athletics?

This law is the solution to:

The lack of concussion safety awareness training programs and requirements for interscholastic athletic competition

Impact:

Minds and lives saved. This legislation is in memory of Matthew Gfeller, Jaquan Waller, and their families.

Minds.pngSee H792 legislation


 

Government Efficiency 

Property Tax Paid with Vehicle Registration or MOTOTAX of 2005-2006

How would you feel about a law that could lower your property taxes and cut down on your interactions with the government?

This law is the solution to:

An $80 million annual state wide problem. It combines the process of renewing your license tag and paying the property tax in the same envelope. No tax, No tags.

Impact:

Money saved. When implemented, this will result in $80 million in extra collections for counties, cities, and volunteer fire departments. Thank you to Pete Rodda for contributing this idea.

Money.pngSee H1779 legislation

 

State Health Plan/20 Year Vesting of 2005-2006 Kerr/Clary/LaRoque

Why should you pay for the lifetime medical bills of someone who only worked for the state for 5 years + 1 day?

This law is the solution to:

North Carolina has one of the largest unfunded healthcare liabilities ($32 billion+) in the United States that will ultimately lead to a tax increase crisis. 

Impact:

Money saved.

Money.pngSee S837 legislation

 

State Health Plan/Change to Calendar Year of 2007-2008

Tax payers were paying millions of extra dollars to administer the state’s health plans and potentially losing millions of extra dollars in reimbursements because not all plans were on the same accounting year basis.

This law is the solution to:

Base the State Health Plan on a calendar year system rather than a fiscal year system. 

Impact:

Money saved (this implementation is still in process).

Money.pngSee H1593 legislation

 

Recovering Taxpayer Money from Unpaid Ambulance Services of 2009-2010

Did you realize that people were getting rides in ambulances for the sole purpose of collecting a check in their name?

This law is the solution to:

People cashing checks meant for ambulance services by requiring the checks to be co-payable to the ambulance provider or paid to the ambulance service directly.

Impact:

Money saved. Some frequent riders were calling the ambulance 30 times per year for the specific purpose of collecting a $500.00 check. After the bill passed, they no longer get the check sent directly to them. I guess they were healed! Thank you to Forsyth County EMS for contributing this idea.

Money.pngSee H439 legislation

 

Ease In Renovating Adult Care Homes of 2009-2010

Did you realize that private business owners had to go through the expensive process of getting government permission to renovate nursing and rest homes in North Carolina, even when there was not an increase in bed capacity?

This law is the solution to:

The lack of necessary refurbishments and renovations that didn’t take place due to regulations.

Impact:

Money saved. Estimated regulatory savings of $40,000 per construction job. Thank you to Chris Parker of Vienna Village for contributing this idea. 

Money.pngSee H436 legislation

 

Benefit Statement for Employees of 2009-2010

Did you realize that with life expectancy, state employees could be retired with pension and healthcare benefits for longer than they worked

This law is the solution to:

Non­-transparency in government by requiring the Office of State Personnel to develop a comprehensive benefit statement that shows the present value of North Carolina’s future obligations for pension and healthcare to its employees, and the value of those benefits on a yearly basis.

Impact:

Money saved.

Money.pngSee H1221 legislation

 

Protect and Put NC Back to Work Act of 2011-2012

 

Did you realize that people who are temporarily disabled could receive lifetime benefits past pension and social security?

 This law is the solution to:

North Carolina businesses and governments paying for unnecessary workers’ compensation claims that were putting North Carolina at a job disadvantage

Impact:

Money saved. Thank you to Mark Stevens at ACME Stone and Goodyear for contributing this idea

Money.pngSee H709 legislation

 

State Pension Plan Solvency Reform Act of 2011-2012

Did you realize that some state employees could work for 5 years and 1 day and collect retirement benefits for the rest of their lives?

This law is the solution to:

North Carolina paying money every year to employees collecting pension and retirement benefits after working for, in some cases, 5 years and 1 day.

Impact:

Money saved.

Money.pngSee H927 legislation

 

UNINSURED MOTORISTS | Seizure of Documents and Plates of 2005-2006

 

Why should 500,000 drivers be allowed to violate the law by driving without insurance, while law enforcement was handcuffed from enforcing the laws?

This law is the solution to:

Reducing the 12,500 accidents and over $80 million in un­reimbursed damages these drivers inflict every year by allowing local and state law enforcement officers to take a screwdriver and to immediately remove the tags from the cars of uninsured motorists. When you see a car on the side of the road without a tag, think about this law and thank law enforcement.

Impact

Since this law went into effect, tens of thousands of license tags per year have been removed from UNINSURED MOTORISTS by law enforcement at routine traffic stops. When you see a car on the side of the road, you can think about this legislation, but thank law enforcement. Thank you to Sgt. Riazzi of Winston-Salem Police Department for contributing this idea.

Money.pngSee H1404 legislation

 

Concealed Carry Act of 2005-2006

A police officer is never off duty. Shouldn’t police officers have a weapon wherever crime is happening?

This law is the solution to:

A bureaucratic nightmare that required over 500 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina to file procedural affidavits. Before this law came into effect, off duty police officers were prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon in public places such as malls. Now they can carry concealed weapons in public venues, which will provide an increased level of safety for the public and to the officers’ families.

Impact:

Lives saved. 

Lives.pngSee H1401 legislation

  

No Prayer for Judgment/Bus Stop Arm Violation of 2005-2006

Is it fair that people who get a ticket for passing a stopped school bus and sometimes strike children receive no penalty at all?

This law is the solution to:

Preventing a person who is guilty of passing a stopped school bus from receiving a Prayer for Judgment Continued. With the developmental help of N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice, I. Beverly Lake and the Administrator Of The Courts, Ralph Walker.

Impact:

Lives saved. Before the law was passed there were 400,000 stop arm violations per year in North Carolina, with approximately 1,500 citations and 150 convictions of the original charge. No longer can the Prayer for Judgment Continued be used. 

Lives.pngSee H2880 legislation

 

Identity Theft Act of 2007-2008

Why should tax payers/victims be paying for the thousands of hours per week that law enforcement and the court system spend verifying the identities of people who do not produce a driver’s license when requested by a law enforcement officer?

This law is the solution to:

Protect the identity of individuals by permitting law enforcement officers to take photographs of people who are cited for a motor vehicle violation and do not produce a valid driver’s license. The intent is to protect innocent people whose names and birth dates are given to police officers by stopped motorists in hopes of escaping prosecution, which ultimately leads to the victim being arrested for failure to appear for an offense they had no knowledge of. Their identity was stolen.

Impact:

Money saved. In a majority of cases of identity theft, the victim is able to solve the crime because they recognize the picture of the person who stole their identity

Money.pngSee H454 legislation

 

School Bus Safety Act of 2005-2006

Why do we tolerate our children potentially being killed or injured? Every year over 400,000 motorists pass school buses with their stop arms extended. “People lose children for lots of reasons, unfortunately. And this doesn’t have to be one of them.”

This law is the solution to:

Make it safer for our children to get on and off their school buses by minimizing the risk to them and maximizing the punishment for passing a stopped school bus.

Impact:

Lives and minds saved.

Lives.pngSee H1400 legislation

 

Future Volunteer Firefighters Act of 2009-2010

Did you realize that over 70% of the fire protection in North Carolina is provided to you by volunteers who keep property and homeowners insurance low?

This law is the solution to:

The federal government reclassifying 16­ and 17­year­olds as employees and therefore preventing them from getting the training they needed.

Impact:

Money and lives saved. Now the Junior Member Cadet Program is classified as an educational activity, and volunteer fire departments will have the recruits they need to remain viable. Thank you to Chief Tim Lasley for contributing this idea.

Lives.pngSee H557 legislation

 

Change Format of Drivers Licenses Under 21 of 2007-2008

Did you realize that over 15% of the 50,000 vendors of alcohol and tobacco in North Carolina sell underage every day?

This law is the solution to:

The difficulty of determining a person’s age by changing the orientation of the license from horizontal to vertical

Impact:

Money and lives saved. Clerks and servers can more quickly determine a person’s age.

Lives.pngSee H2487 legislation

 

Run and You’re Done of 2011-2012

Did you realize that every week innocent people and law enforcement officers are put in danger and sometimes killed when someone tries to run from a blue light?

This law is the solution to:

People not thinking about their actions behind the wheel and putting themselves and others in danger.

Impact:

Lives and money saved. Thank you to Sgt. Dickson of North Carolina Highway Patrol for contributing this idea. 

Money.pngSee H427 legislation

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