Mark Ezzell, Executive Director
Addiction Professionals of North Carolina
Thanks to your hard work, we obtained a partial victory just one hour ago when the NC House referred House Bill 693 to the full Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
This provides an opportunity for many of us concerned about the bill to work with legislators to propose amendments that can lessen the bill’s negative impact. We’re still developing those amendments, including language to exempt prevention & diagnosis from the bill and language to allow for emergency exceptions. These amendments won’t necessarily change the bill enough that our members will support, but at least they can blunt some of the legislation’s negative effects.
The status of this legislation changes by the hour. As soon as we find out when the Judiciary Committee meeting is scheduled and the proposed amendments developed, we’ll let you know and ask you to weigh in with any legislators on that committee that you might know or who serve as your representatives.
I’m very impressed with our members’ response to this very first policy alert. Dozens of you responded very quickly and effectively by calling, faxing and emailing your legislators about your concerns, and those efforts are the main reason the bill is being reconsidered by the full Judiciary Committee. This isn’t a full victory, but you should feel very proud of what you have done so far.
I appreciate your patience as we work in a very fluid environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (919) 606-7584.