Food assistance standards, school board lawsuits, EPA carbon rule, kid tanning bed ban, and gas tax

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Food assistance standards, school board lawsuits, EPA carbon rule, kid tanning bed ban, and gas tax


Check out these key votes made by elected officials in North Carolina during the most recent legislative session, and go to to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.


House Bill 1047, Increase standards for food assistance: Passed 74 to 39 in the House on June 16, 2016

To require that the Lottery Commission supply the Division of Social Services information on individuals who win lottery prizes in excess of $2,250 to determine if these winners are on food assistance and have not reported these winnings. The bill also sets forth increased penalties for noncompliance with work requirements, including permanent disqualification from receiving benefits on the third instance of noncompliance.


House Bill 726, Prohibit school boards from suing counties: Failed 52 to 66 in the House

To ban school boards from suing counties over budget appropriations for the district they represent.


House Bill 571, Prohibit agency compliance with federal carbon regulations: Passed 84 to 33 in the House on April 16, 2015, and 31 to 12 on August 5, 2015

To prohibit state agencies from taking actions to comply with the federal government’s “Clean Power Plan” mandate to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.


House Bill 158, Ban minors from using tanning beds: Passed 103 to 12 in the House on April 21, 2015, and 48 to 2 in the Senate on May 13, 2015

To prohibit the owners of tanning facilities from letting anyone under the age of 18 use tanning equipment.


Senate Bill 20, Lock in gas tax rate: Passed 41 to 8 in the Senate on March 31, 2015, and 79 to 39 in the House on March 31, 2015

To set the gas tax at a fixed rate of 34 cents per gallon by the end of 2016. Although this is a decrease from the current rate, this legislation prevents the gas tax from decreasing below 34 cents per gallon, which under the current formula would have happened due to lower wholesale gas prices.


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