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NCAH Legislative Update – May 19, 2016

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Legislative Update
May 19, 2016

NC House Passes Budget – Includes Funding for
the Healthy Corner Store Initiative
and You Quit, Two Quit

On May 19, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed their version of the budgetin a 103-12 vote. The budget included both funding for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and You Quit, Two Quit. The Senate is expected to introduce and vote on the Senate budget by June 3. A Conference Committee will then discuss both budgets and come to an agreement on differences.

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative
The House budget included $300,000 for the creation of the Healthy Corner Store Initiativein North Carolina. The funding would come from the Community Development Block Grant in the Department of Commerce. Last year, the House included $1 million for the creation of the Initiative in their budget.

Thank your House member for supporting healthy food access!

You can look up your representative here.

NCAH will now work with the Senate to ensure that the Healthy Corner Store Initiative is funded in the Senate’s version of the budget. NCAH is committed to ensuring that the Healthy Corner Store Initiative is fully funded in this year’s final budget. To get involved in advocating for this important program, please contact Obesity Policy Coordinator Starrlett Johnson or Managing Director Morgan Wittman Gramann.

You Quit, Two Quit
The House budget also included $250,000 for You Quit, Two Quit to help women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant quit smoking. NCAH supports the efforts of the Child Fatality Task Force in advocating for funding for this important program. For more facts about You Quit, Two Quit, click here.

rob@idriveroi.comNCAH Legislative Update – May 19, 2016