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Neighbors on Call’s NC Policy Update for 4/10/23

Governance

Voting Rights

Education Policy

Economic Policy

Women’s Rights

  • On Wednesday three Republicans in the NC House filed a bill that would outlaw abortions entirely. HB 533 bans abortion at conception without exceptions for rape or incest, though it does include language excepting situations for saving a mother’s life, and it would make performing or attempting to perform an abortion felony offenses. It is unlikely that such an extreme bill will pass, given that other Republican legislators in the NCGA have primarily been discussing abortion bans after the first trimester.

LGBTQ Rights

  • Republicans in the NCGA filed six new bills targeting transgender youth in advance of Thursday’s filing deadline. SB 631 and HB 574 would prohibit transgender youth from playing on sports teams in accordance with their gender identity, while SB 636 specifies that transgender women may not participate in women’s sports. Another set of bills targets health care for transgender youth, with SB 560 restricting gender-affirming care for minors, banning telehealth provision of gender-affirming care, and preventing providers of gender-affirming care from receiving public funds; SB 639 completely outlawing gender-affirming care for minors; and SB 641 allowing providers to refuse care if they have religious objections. Representative Tricia Cotham’s switch to the Republican Party, giving Republicans a veto-proof majority, likely emboldened Republicans to introduce more extreme legislation.

Criminal Justice

Other/misc.

  • A bill introduced in the NC Senate would set statewide safety measures for parades. The Shine Lake Hailey Parade Safety Act, named in honor of 11-year-old Hailey Brooks, who was killed when a parade float driver in the 2022 Raleigh Christmas Parade lost control of his brakes, would require vehicles driven in a parade to have proof of recent inspection and be driven by someone over 25 with a valid license and registration.

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