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COVID-19 Legislative Update, 04/28/2020

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First Day of Session: House Bills Filed, Senate Funding Proposal Unveiled
The North Carolina General Assembly convened at 12pm on Tuesday, April 28, for a session to respond to policy and budget needs that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House got off to a quick start, with a number of bills filed addressing health care, education, small business support, budget matters, and more. These bills mirror proposed legislation that had been discussed in the House’s Select Committee on COVID-19 working group meetings over the past few weeks. The bills made their way through the Finance, Health, and Education – K-12 committees throughout the day. A list of the bills is below. Funding bills will be taken up in House and Senate Appropriations Committee meetings tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29. The Senate released its long-awaited funding bill late in the day on Tuesday.

The Senate has released bill filing deadlines for as late as May 19, which indicates that the Senate expects to be in session longer than previously discussed. The House and Senate had previously suggested they would complete their work by May 8. The potential for a longer session is not surprising, as Senate leadership has requested that Governor Cooper cut 1% from his initial proposals, for a reduction of $250 million across all departments.

House Bills

SB 704 – COVID-19 Recovery Act

Of recommendations made by NCAH, the Senate’s proposal includes:

  • $6,000,000 for the Feeding the Carolinas food banks
  • $56,000,000 for school nutrition programs
  • $125,000,000 to Golden LEAF for small business support
NC Alliance for HealthCOVID-19 Legislative Update, 04/28/2020