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 2, Amend state laws concerning transgendered individuals: Passed 82 to 26 in the House on March 23, 2016, and 32 to 0 in the Senate on March 23, 2016 (Senate Democrats walked out of the chamber instead of voting on the bill)
To prohibit local governments from enacting anti-discrimination laws or employment mandates that are stricter than state law, effectively pre-empting Charlotte’s transgendered discrimination act. The legislation also requires schools and government agencies to designate bathrooms for people of their biological sex and requires that only people of that biological sex can use a bathroom with that designation, in addition to restricting protection from sex discrimination to discrimination based on biological sex.
House Bill 169, allow state suits for wrongful discharge: Passed 85 to 15 in the House on July 1, 2016, and 25 to 14 in the Senate on July 1, 2016
To allow individuals to sue in state courts alleging that they were wrongfully discharged from employment on account of their race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability status. This legislation amended a provision in HB 2. Legislators who opposed the bill generally did so because they thought it did not go far enough in remedying what they saw as defects in HB 2.
HB 2, Move congressional primary date: Passed 29 to 15 in the Senate on February 19, 2016, and 75 to 30 in the House on February 19, 2016
To move the primary election date to June 7 to accommodate a new congressional redistricting plan. This vote occurred during a special session of the General Assembly called after a federal court case found the state’s previous congressional districts unconstitutional.
HB 318, Require state contractors verify they employ no illegal aliens and ban sanctuary cities: Passed 28 to 17 in the Senate on September 28, 2015, and 70 to 43 in the House on September 29, 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.
HB 1080, Allow charter schools to manage poor-performing schools: Passed 35 to 14 in the Senate on June 28, 2016, and 66 to 40 in the House on June 29, 2016
To create a pilot program that would allow charter school organizations to manage five schools that have a track record of poor academic performance. The operators can only be chosen if they have a track record of successfully improving performance in similar schools.