The NC General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the legislative “short” session, which occurs on even numbered years and lasts generally about 2 months. The short session deals primarily with making budget adjustments to the budget passed last year, and acts on study commission and/or task force recommendations and some other legislation left over from the “long” session held in the odd numbered years. There are a number of bills that impact our community this short session. We’ll highlight a few below:
- Budget: The Governor and both chambers of the General Assembly have passed and submitted their respective budget plans. Now those plans go to a conference committee to iron out details of each. The Governor’s Budget was very good on substance abuse prevention and treatment issues, providing $30 million to fund the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use. Those recommendations include The House budget also provides $30 million in funding but makes those funds more difficult to spend. You can read more about the budget proposals and their effect on substance abuse treatment and prevention in the attached documents.CLICK HERE to download a detailed analysis of all three budget proposals and their impact on substance abuse treatment and prevention.
- HB 734: Statewide Standing Order/Opioid Antagonist: The bill allows the State Health Director to issue a standing order for naloxone, meaning pharmacies can provide naloxone to a person without an individual doctor’s prescription. This bill breaks down one barrier to naloxone availability and would make NC only the third state with such legislation. The bill has already passed the Senate and yesterday passed the Judiciary I committee unanimously.What can you do? Call your Senator and urge them to support this legislation. Call Senators Pate, Tucker and Robinson and thank them for sponsoring this bill.Senator Louis Pate (Pitt, Lenoir, Wayne) | 919.733.5621 | Louis.Pate@ncleg.net
Senator Kathy Harrington (Gaston) | 919.733.5734 | Kathy.Harrington@ncleg.net
Senator Tommy Tucker (Union) | 919.733.7659 | Tommy.Tucker@ncleg.net
- HB 169: HB 169, which deals with business deregulation, contained a provision to allow the sales of one bottle of each product — whiskey, gin or vodka, for instance — to each person once a year. Members of Senate committee removed this provision from the bill on Wednesday. The language was opposed by some senators concerned that this provision provided too much opportunity for underage drinking and encouraged excessive consumption. Last year the General Assembly authorized the sale of one bottle per person per year that can be sold on the premises of a distillery after a tour.
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