- Governor McCrory is set to announce his plan for Medicaid this morning. Meanwhile, Republicans in the General Assembly have proposed legislation to allow the establishment of a state religion. Your Wednesday morning clips:
NEWS & OBSERVER – McCrory will offer plan on reducing NC Medicaid costs
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is proposing a plan to hold down the spiraling costs of health care for the elderly and disabled.
McCrory has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday during which he says he’ll bring everyone to the table to create a new health care partnership to reform Medicaid.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT
WRAL – Proposal would allow state religion in North Carolina
A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.
HUFFINGTON POST – North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill
Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.
The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state "is sovereign" and courts cannot block a state "from making laws respecting an establishment of religion." The legislation was filed in response to a lawsuit to stop county commissioners in Rowan County from opening meetings with a Christian prayer, wral.com reported.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
WRAL – Gov’s education board picks OK’d by NC lawmakers
The General Assembly has confirmed Gov. Pat McCrory’s nominees to the North Carolina State Board of Education.
The House and Senate met in an unusual joint session Wednesday to sign off on McCrory’s six appointments to the 13-member board.
The new members are Bill Cobey of Durham, Greg Alcorn of Salisbury, Becky Taylor of Greenville, Buddy Collins of Kernersville, Olivia Oxendine of Robeson County and Marcella Ramirez Savage of Union County.
DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES – Bill requires NC welfare, food stamp crime checks
Some North Carolina legislators agreed Tuesday to require county social service workers to perform criminal background checks on people seeking welfare and food stamps, but the legislation provides no money to pay for the reviews.
The House Health and Human Services Committee voted to make the checks mandatory in all county Department of Social Services offices for people applying for the benefits or for renewing their application to keep receiving them. The DSS office also would have to tell law enforcement agencies if an applicant is a fugitive or is wanted on an outstanding warrant.
WRAL – Bill would override policy for co-ed suites at UNC-CH
Three freshmen senators said Tuesday that they want to head off a policy that would allow students of the opposite sex to start sharing bathrooms and common living areas in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus housing suites and apartments next fall.
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