Dozens of bills passed through both the House and Senate this week as Legislators worked overtime to beat the "crossover deadline." Crossover is the date by which a bill that does not impact taxes or appropriations must pass one chamber to remain eligible for the remainder of the biennium. Lobbyists, and even a few lawmakers, got through the long week by swapping out their dress shoes for sneakers in a bid to raise money for Donate Life, an organization that encourages people to become organ donors.

Veto Overrides (SB68 (link is external) & HB239 (link is external)) The General Assembly overrode two of Governor Cooper's vetoes this week. The first override was of SB68, which consolidates the functions of the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission and creates a new eight-person governing board evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. A similar measure, passed in December 2016, was ruled unconstitutional by a three judge panel. Governor Cooper has asked the Wake County Superior Court to put a hold on the new law. Legislators also overrode Cooper’s veto of HB239, which would reduce Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 judges.

Conference Reports (SB131 (link is external) & HB13 (link is external)) Legislators adopted conference reports for two bills this week. The first was SB131, which contains various regulatory changes including some provisions that failed to pass during last year's session. The other bill, HB13, is a response to class size reductions enacted last year that some education leaders say would have forced a reduction in the number of arts and physical education teachers in order to comply with the reductions. The bill delays the reductions for one year. Governor Cooper has signed HB13 and is expected to sign SB 131.

Sanctuary Cities (SB145 (link is external) & HB113 (link is external)) Both the House and Senate passed bills this week related to what are often called “sanctuary cities.” SB145, among other things, penalizes local governments for not complying with state immigration laws by halting certain state funding. HB113 would allow a person to bring an action against a city, county, or local law enforcement agency if they believe the local government entity is not in compliance with state immigration laws.

House Bills Filed:

H872 (link is external)

ATV & Motorcycles Off-Road Fund. (link is external)

H873 (link is external)

NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act. (link is external)

H874 (link is external)

Year-Round School Pilot. (link is external)

H875 (link is external)

Establish WSSU Pilot BLET Program/Funds. (link is external)

H876 (link is external)

CPR Training/School Bus Drivers. (link is external)

H877 (link is external)

Safer Roads and Communities Act. (link is external)

H878 (link is external)

Grant Funds for Supported Employment Training. (link is external)

H879 (link is external)

Retroactive Personal Care Services Payment. (link is external)

H880 (link is external)

PUV for Beekeeping Property. (link is external)

H881 (link is external)

Automatic Voter Registration. (link is external)

H882 (link is external)

Financial Literacy Elective Course Pilot. (link is external)

H883 (link is external)

Increase Inmate Health Care. (link is external)

H884 (link is external)

Life Changing Experiences School Pilot. (link is external)

H885 (link is external)

Community Opportunity Tax Credit. (link is external)

H886 (link is external)

Excise Tax Increases for Substance Abuse. (link is external)

H887 (link is external)

Health Insurance State Mandates Study/Funds. (link is external)

H888 (link is external)

Prof. Teachers & Admins. Accountability Act. (link is external)

H889 (link is external)

Extended-Year Teacher Contracts/Study. (link is external)

H890 (link is external)

Amend Psychology Practice Act. (link is external)

H891 (link is external)

Free Breakfast and Lunch in K-12 Pub. Schools. (link is external)

H892 (link is external)

Free Lunch for Some Students/Stop Lunch Shame. (link is external)

H893 (link is external)

Healthy Foods in Our Schools. (link is external)

H894 (link is external)

Veterans/Health Care/Pilot Program. (link is external)

H895 (link is external)

Pilot Program/Professional Teachers & Admins. (link is external)

H896 (link is external)

Broadband Access to Rural Areas. (link is external)

H897 (link is external)

Funds for Child Advocacy Centers. (link is external)

H898 (link is external)

Digital Learning Plan/Programs/Funds. (link is external)

H899 (link is external)

Historic Rehab: Disguised Sales. (link is external)

H900 (link is external)

Safe Infrastructure & Low Property Tax Act. (link is external)

H901 (link is external)

Amend Certificate of Need Laws. (link is external)

H902 (link is external)

Enhance Patient Safety in Radiologic Imaging. (link is external)

H903 (link is external)

Water Resources Management Partnership Funds. (link is external)

H904 (link is external)

North Carolina Rural Job Creation Fund. (link is external)

H905 (link is external)

Reenact Conservation Tax Credit. (link is external)

H906 (link is external)

Statewide Nondiscrimination/Funds. (link is external)

H907 (link is external)

Enhance Health Care Choices for Seniors. (link is external)

H908 (link is external)

Enhance Scholarships for Adopted Children. (link is external)

H909 (link is external)

Sound Energy & Renewables Policy Act. (link is external)

H910 (link is external)

Human Trafficking: Resistance and Rescue. (link is external)

H911 (link is external)

Private Sector Affordable Housing Act. (link is external)

H912 (link is external)

State/TANF Funds/Boys and Girls Clubs. (link is external)

H913 (link is external)

Reestablish NC High Risk Pool. (link is external)

H914 (link is external)

Enhance Suicide Prevention Awareness & Svcs. (link is external)

H915 (link is external)

Reenact Employment-Related Tax Credit. (link is external)

H916 (link is external)

North Carolina Health Plan. (link is external)

H917 (link is external)

Establish Bd of Postsecondary Ed. Credentials. (link is external)

H918 (link is external)

Post Crime On Social Media/Enhanced Sentence. (link is external)

H919 (link is external)

Pembroke Optometry School Funds. (link is external)