North Carolina continues to operate under Guv Cooper’s Safer In your home order, or Phase 2 of reopening. During Stage 2, dining establishments have been able to re-open for dine-in at 50% capability. Personal care companies such as barber shops, beauty parlors, and tattoo parlors have actually also re-opened at 50% capability with social distancing and cleaning requirements. Fitness centers and bars stay closed during the Governor’s Stage 2 which will last through Friday, June 26 at the earliest. House Bill 536: Temp Outdoor Restaurants for Outdoor Seating which passed through the legislature recently, would allow any food facility that serves food or drink to open and run so long as they follow the 50% capacity for indoor dining described in the Guv’s order. The costs presently sits on the Governor’s desk, and if signed, would interrupt his original phased re-opening of bars. Furthermore, Home Bill 594: Temp Open Gyms/Health Clubs/Fitness Ctrswhich passed through Senate Commerce today, would allow health clubs, fitness centers, and gyms to re-open quicker than expected. The costs now waits to be heard in Senate Rules Committee.
Since Thursday early morning, in the state of North Carolina, there were 31, 966 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 468,302 finished tests, 960 deaths, 659 existing hospitalizations, and all of the state’s 100 counties had seen confirmed coronavirus cases. As we all continue to feel the effects of the global pandemic and adjust to a brand-new normal, we want to highlight a couple of methods our clients across North Carolina have worked to support citizens and make this time a little simpler for those throughout the state. Find out more about what our clients are doing to assist by click on this link. For additional information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, click here to go to the Department of Health and Human Providers site, and make certain to stay up to date on the most recent federal guidelines issued by the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance (CDC )by clicking here. Senate Rules The Senate Committee on Rules met three times today to take up a variety of expense varying from appropriations, city government, and health care
. Appropriation Costs * All expenses passed through the Senate Committee on Appropriations Senate Expense 801: Military Existence Stabilization Fund/Funding Directs the Department of Commerce to move the amount of$2,000,000 in nonrecurring funds from the money balance in the Film and Home Entertainment Grant Fund to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for
deposit in the Armed force Existence Stabilization Fund. Senate Bill 806: Capital Appropriation -Western Carolina Univ Sections 1 and 2 direct the State Controller to transfer$11,585,462
. Appropriation Costs * All expenses passed through the Senate Committee on Appropriations Senate Expense
801: Military Existence Stabilization Fund/Funding Directs the Department of Commerce to move the amount of$2,000,000 in nonrecurring funds from the money balance in the Film and Home Entertainment Grant Fund to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for
from the cash balance in the Repair works and Renovations Reserve and$ 4,914,538 from the Federal Insurance Coverage Contributions Act Fund. Senate Bill 836: State Operations/Increase Federal Funds Usage Boosts the quantity of funds appropriated from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for the continuity of State government by$300,000,000 to$370,000,000. Senate Costs 811: Link NC Park Facilities Operating Reserves Reallocates $1,828,982 in repeatingfunds from the Pay Plan Reserve for the 2020-2021 to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to be utilized to fund as much as 19 full-time comparable positions and functional needs for State parks expanded or enhanced through Connect NC bonds. Senate Expense 812: Agricultural Sciences Center Funds Provides$
115,000 in recurring funds for an Executive Director position for the Center. Senate Bill 814: NC Guarantee Tuition Strategy Funds Transfers$10,000,000 in nonrecurring funds from the money balance in the Education Lotto Reserve Fund and 5,000,000 in nonrecurring to the Budget plan Code for UNC Board of Governors Institutional Programs. Sets tuition at$500 per term for North Carolina residents and$2,500 per semester for nonresidents at Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University.
Senate Expense 816: Funds for CC Enrollment Growth/FY 2020-2021
Appropriates $41,500,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2020-2021 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to OSBM and directs OSBM to allocate those funds to the Community Colleges System Office for enrollment development at North Carolina’s
House Bill 1063: Fund VIPER Tower Hardware Upgrades Appropriates$19,800,530 in nonrecurring funds for the 2020-2021 fiscal year from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to the Workplace of State Budget and Management(OSBM )and directs OSBM to designate those funds to the Department of Public Safety to be used for VIPER tower hardware upgrades. Home Costs 1187: Raise the Age Funding Transfers $10,440,000 in nonrecurring funds from the Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Fund to the Department of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice Division-Wide Operations Fund. The committee likewise passed Home Bill 471: Exempt Direct Primary Care from DOI Regs and Home Bill 158: Waive Roadway Test Requirement. Home Bill 471 would clarify that direct primary care, a technique of offering health care where the client pays a monthly or yearly charge to a primary care company that covers all or most medical care services, would be exempt from Department of Insurance policy. The costs passed through both your home and the Senate this week. Home Expense 158 would briefly waive the roadway test requirement for level two provisionary licenses. The bill passed the Senate and now beings in your home Committee on Rules. Prison Security The Senate Select Committee on Jail Security fulfilled Tuesday, June 2 to hear an update from NC Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee
. Jails throughout
North Carolina have faced a scarcity of correctional personnel, and COVID-19 has actually even more impacted the effort to recruit and preserve qualified personnel. Commissioner Ishee told the committee that the Department of Public Security(DPS )has actually tested 1,825 personnel with 15 personnel testing positive for COVID-19. 13 of the 15 personnel that tested positive worked straight in prison centers throughout the state. Prisons across the state have actually been released PPE such as 2-ply cloth masks in order to combat the spread between personnel and inmates. Due to the pandemic, there is now a 30%job rate in jails across the state. In order to manage the spread, DPS has taken procedures such as managing the movement of the inmate population by grouping them in accomplices that eat and exercise together in the exact same location of the center. Furthermore, DPS has transitioned 270 offenders to supervised release and carried out credits for time served. Because the start of the pandemic the prison population in North Carolina has actually been lowered from 34,000 to 31,000. Senate Redistricting and Elections The Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections fulfilled today to discuss House Expense 1169: Bipartisan Elections Act of 2020. The