NC General Assembly Adjourns
To: Members and Friends of NC Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (NCCHF)
From: Mike Causey, Lobbyist (336) 210-1947
Date: July 22, 2008
Re: NC General Assembly Adjourns
RALEIGH, N.C. – After 10 weeks in session, the North Carolina General Assembly has ended its 2008 legislative “short” session.
The General Assembly adjourned last Friday at 4:48 p.m., after lawmakers reached agreement on a $21.4 billion state budget. Barring a special or veto override session, legislators won’t formally reconvene until the 2009-2010 General Assembly cranks up next January.
Legislators passed approximately 230 bills ranging from new penalties for gang activity to more help for people caught in the mortgage foreclosure freefall. Some of the new laws passed include “Jessica’s law,” which mandates a minimum 25-year prison sentence and post-release satellite monitoring for certain child sex offenders; an emergency foreclosure prevention program; increased scrutiny by state medical examiners of deaths that occur in mental institutions; and prohibitions on gun purchases by persons with dangerous mental illnesses.
Governor Easley has until Aug. 17 to take action on the bills that were put on his desk last Friday.
NCCHF has plans to file new health freedom legislation in January 2009.