Check out these key votes made by elected officials in North Carolina during the most recent legislative session, and go to www.votespotter.com to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.
House Bill 297, Ban the sale of aborted baby parts: Passed 79 to 29 in the House on September 28, 2015, and 41 to 3 in the Senate on September 24, 2015
To prohibit the sale of an unborn child's remains that resulted from an abortion or miscarriage. The bill also bans the state from entering into contracts for family planning services with organizations that perform abortions.
House Bill 465, Impose more restrictions on abortion: Passed 71 to 43 in the House on June 3, 2015, and 32 to 16 in the Senate on June 1, 2015
To increase the waiting period for an abortion from one to three days, to limit the types of doctors that may perform abortions, and to mandate new inspections on abortion clinics. The bill also establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Commission, which will inspect records from health care facilities and pharmacies with the goal of reducing maternal deaths.
House Bill 318, Require state contractors verify they employ no illegal aliens and ban sanctuary cities: Passed 80 to 39 in the House on April 23, 2015, and 28 to 17 in the Senate on September 28, 2015
To mandate that, for most state contracts, a contractor must verify his or her employees’ legal status using the federal E-Verify program. The legislation also prohibits cities from banning their law enforcement officers from collecting information regarding an individual’s immigration or citizenship status and providing that information to the federal government.
House Bill 774, Change capital punishment procedure: Passed 74 to 34 in the House on July 29, 2015, and 33 to 16 in the Senate on July 27, 2016
To allow a medical professional other than a licensed physician to be present at the execution of a death sentence and to shield information about the drugs being used in executions from public disclosure.
Senate Bill 15, Reform unemployment compensation: Passed 36 to 7 in the Senate on August 27, 2015, and 83 to 27 in the House on August 20, 2015
To modify the state’s unemployment compensation system by, among other things, requiring a valid photo ID to collect benefits, allowing investigators more discretion to check for identity theft, and strengthening safeguards so that inmates do not collect benefits.