HB 553 – Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council/Funds

HB 553 – Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council/Funds

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg)

Summary

This bill appropriates $1M in recurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and $1M in recurring funds for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to the Division of Mental Health to be used to support the NC Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council.

Movement

Filed – 4/13/2021


HB 555/SB 622 – 2021 Governor’s Budget

HB 555/SB 622 – 2021 Governor’s Budget

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln); Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth); Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union); Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Duplin, Johnston, Sampson); Sen. Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston); Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey)

Summary

This bill includes the Governor’s budget proposal.

Movement

HB 555

Filed – 4/13/2021

SB 622

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was re-referred to the following Senate Committees:

Appropriations/Base Budget

Rules and Operations


HB 558 – Prohibit Mandatory CV19 Vaccinations

HB 558 – Prohibit Mandatory CV19 Vaccinations

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort, Craven)

 

Summary

This bill:

  • States that whether an individual determines if the individual or the individual’s children will receive a vaccine must remain a protected private matter.
  • Prohibits the question of whether an individual has received an immunization to be asked as a condition of attending any college, university, public or private school, or child care facility.
  • States that the above prohibition applies to any vaccination requirement imposed upon an adult or child by a college, university, public or private school, or child care facility.
  • Prohibits the Governor from requiring or mandating that any person receive a vaccination by executive order.
  • Provides civil and criminal immunity to anyone who refuses to receive a vaccination.
  • Prohibits public health authorities from issuing an order requiring a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or series of vaccinations if such action is medically contradicted for the individual or is inconsistent with the individual’s religious or philosophical beliefs.
  • Prohibits public health authorities from issuing an order requiring a minor to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or series of vaccinations if the minor’s parent/guardian holds religious or philosophical beliefs against the vaccination.
  • Requires systems used to track or record information about residents who have received specific vaccinations to provide written informed consent from each adult or minor’s parent whose vaccination records and information are added to the system regarding the individual’s participation and disclosure of information concerning the individual’s vaccine record.
  • Prohibits licensed hospitals from refusing to provide health care services to a patient on the basis of the patient’s vaccination history.
  • Prohibits licensed hospitals from denying, terminating, or suspending a physician’s hospital privileges on the basis of the physician’s vaccination history.
  • Prohibits licensed adult care homes and nursing homes from refusing to admit an applicant or provide services to a resident on the basis of the applicant or resident’s vaccination history.
  • States that an employer’s refusal to hire, discharge, penalize, or otherwise discriminate against an individual due to the individual’s vaccination history amounts to an unlawful employment practice.
  • Prohibits an insurer from refusing to insure or continue to insure an individual, to limit coverage, or to charge an individual a different rate due to the individual’s vaccination status.
  • Prohibits a health benefit plan from using the status of any patients of a provider as a (1) qualification or requirement for entering into a contract with the provider, (2) basis for terminating a contract with the provider, (3) factor in the provision of financial incentives for a provider, or (4) factor in the imposition of penalties on a provider.

Movement

Filed – 4/13/2021


HB 532 – Criminal Justice Equality Act of 2021

HB 532 – Criminal Justice Equality Act of 2021

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham); Rep. James Gailliard (D-Nash); Rep. Amos Quick, III (D-Guilford)

Summary

This bill seeks to make a series of changes related to criminal justice, policing, and juvenile justice. Specifically, this bill:

  • States that strangleholds, chokeholds, lateral vascular neck restraints, carotid restraints, or any other tactics that restrict oxygen or blood flow to the head or neck will be considered the use of deadly force as used in statutes governing the use of force during arrest.
  • Requires state troopers, company police officers, campus police officers, SBI law enforcement officers, county law enforcement officers, and city law enforcement officers to render medical assistance to persons in custody under certain specified circumstances.
  • Appropriates $500K to the Department of Justice in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to be used to provide grant funds to organizations that provide and promote violence prevention programs that treat violence as a public health program or that provide and promote services such a mentoring and counseling to vulnerable populations.
  • Appropriates $4.2M to the Administrative Office of the Courts in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to be used to support the NC Drug Treatment Court Program.
  • Appropriates $4.2M to the Administrative Office of the Courts in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to be used to facilitate the creation and funding of new and existing mental health court programs.

Movement

Filed – 4/12/2021


HB 534/SB 577 – Funds/Est. Black Women & Girls Task Force

HB 534/SB 577 – Funds/Est. Black Women & Girls Task Force

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Amber Baker (D-Forsyth); Rep. Kandie Smith (D-Pitt)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham) Sen. Joyce Waddell (D-Mecklenburg); Sen. Ernestine Bazemore (D-Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northampton, Vance, Warren)

Summary

This bill establishes the North Carolina Black Women and Girls Task Force, an advisory committee with the following duties: (1) study the health and wealth disparities of black women and their impact; (2) review educational justice principles for black girls and the impact of trauma to learning; (3) research all forms of violence to and on black women and girls; (4) consider the impact of the criminal and juvenile justice system on black women and girls; (5) examine the effect of political advocacy and engagement, employment, and health care, especially in the context of disparate impacts of COVID-19, cancer, stress disorders, high blood pressure, maternal morbidity and infant mortality, reproduction and other disparate health factors.

This bill also appropriates $500K in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium to the Department of Administration in recurring funds for the operation of the Task Force.

Movement

HB 534

Filed – 4/12/2021

SB 577

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Appropriations/Base Budget

-Rules and Operations


HB 535 – Firefighters Fighting Cancer Act of 2021

HB 535 – Firefighters Fighting Cancer Act of 2021

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell); Rep. John Bell, IV (R-Greene, Johnston, Wayne); Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln); Rep. John Hardister (R-Guilford)

Summary

This bill establishes the North Carolina Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan to serve as a supplemental insurance policy providing certain specified benefits to eligible firefighters newly diagnosed with cancer.

Movement

Filed – 4/12/2021


HB 501/SB 638 – PFAS Manufacture/Use/Sale Ban

HB 501/SB 638 – PFAS Manufacture/Use/Sale Ban

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford); Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover); Rep. John Autry (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Michael Garrett (D-Guilford); Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Durham, Granville, Person); Sen. Julie Mayfield (D-Buncombe)

Summary

This bill prohibits any person from knowingly manufacturing, using, processing, or distributing any PFAS and PFAS-containing products within the State, establishes civil penalties for the violation of the prohibition, and appropriates $100K in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to the Department of Environmental Quality to fund additional monitoring and enforcement activities to address PFAS contamination in the State.

Movement

HB 501

Filed – 4/8/2021

SB 638

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

Rules and Operations


HB 502 – Contamination Mitigation Measures

HB 502 – Contamination Mitigation Measures

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford); Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover); Rep. Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Julie von Haefen (D-Wake)

Summary

This bill:

  • Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to require applicants for a new or renewed individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to disclose each pollutant reasonably expected to be at or above the pollutant’s practical quantitation limit.
  • Requires the Department to study the presence of PFAS in land-applied biosolids.
  • Directs the Environmental Management Commission to adopt rules to prevent PFAS migration or accumulation off-site from land application sites if the Department finds PFAS are likely to migrate and accumulate at detectable levels in soil and water.
  • Makes a series of appropriations to fund research and monitoring efforts related to PFAS.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 503 – PFAS Studies

HB 503 – PFAS Studies

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford); Rep. Ricky Hurtado (D-Alamance); Rep. Brandon Lofton (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Robert Reives, II (D-Chatham, Durham)

Summary

This bill directs various entities to conduct research related to PFAS contamination, including DHHS, the Wildlife Resources Commission, the Office of State Budget and Management, the Department of Environmental Quality, the NC Policy Collaboratory, and the Environmental Review Commission.

This bill also provides a series of appropriations to the above-referenced entities to fund the required studies.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 505/SB 633 – NC Healthy Pregnancy Act

HB 505/SB 633 – NC Healthy Pregnancy Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Carolyn Logan (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe); Rep. Cooper-Suggs (D-Wilson); Rep. Amber Baker (D-Forsyth)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham); Sen. Sydney Batch (D-Wake); Sen. Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg)

Summary

This bill includes a series of provisions addressing pregnancy-related discrimination and workplace accommodations. Specifically, this bill:

  • Establishes the NC Healthy Pregnancy Act
  • Requires employers to investigate whether there are reasonable accommodations that can be made and to make reasonable accommodations as statutorily defined upon request by a qualified pregnant person.
  • Prohibits certain specified discriminatory practices by employers related to a pregnant person.
  • Permits a pregnant person aggrieved by a prohibited discriminatory practice to bring a civil action against any person/entity alleged to have committed the discriminatory practice.

Movement

HB 505

Filed – 4/8/2021

SB 633

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations