Legislative Update, 09/03/2020

And They’re Gone

The NC General Assembly adjourned sine die Thursday, one day after returning to Raleigh to appropriate additional CARES Act funds. The regular legislative short session has now concluded.

The “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0” passed the Senate Wednesday night in a 44-5 vote before passing the House Thursday 104-10.

Here is a list of provisions relevant to NCAH’s mission:

  • $6M for NC Feeding the Carolinas food banks
  • $1M will go to Reinvestment Partners to expand the produce prescription program
  • $10.25M to NCDACS for meat and seafood processing
  • $20M to DPI to provide PPE for public schools 
  • $2M to NCDACS for emergency support for milk producers
  • $750K to NCDACS to provide emergency aid for farmers market operators and local food enterprises
  • $2.1M to DNCR to address needs at state parks and trails
  • $1M to Alamance-Burlington Schools for school nutrition, transportation, and other services
  • $500,000 to be divided among public school units in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington Counties for school nutrition, transportation, and other services
  • $600K to NCDHHS to increase access to Food and Nutrition Services for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
  • $100K to Food for Families
  • $300K to NCDHHS to establish a student health collaborative pilot
  • $30M for the GREAT program to increase access to broadband
  • Flexibility for schools to use funds in the transportation allotment for school nutrition and remote instruction
  • “Hold harmless” clause for schools that had a discrepancy in anticipated and actual average daily membership

While many legislators stated it may be their last time serving in the General Assembly, it has also been widely suggested that legislators could return for a special session in October if Congress passes an additional relief package.

Join us for our upcoming committee meetings to discuss our 2021 policy agenda and opportunities for legislative long session. Register below.

Active Living Committee Meeting

Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Meeting

Healthy Food Access Committee Meeting