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Neighbors on Call's Weekly Policy Update for 4/12/21

Fair Representation

Voting Rights

  • On March 31 Democrats in the NC House introduced HB 446, “Safeguarding Voting Rights.” The bill includes many provisions to protect voting rights, including reinforcing existing law that establishes the Tuesday before Election Day as the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot and the third day after the election as the receipt deadline for absentee ballots -- both deadlines that Senate Bill 326, introduced by Republicans, seeks to make significantly more stringent. HB 446 also includes provisions to make voter registration and updates of voter information easier, make even-numbered-year November Election Days holidays for state employees, and extend early voting hours on the weekend before Election Day.

Education Policy

  • Republicans in the NC Senate filed a bill Wednesday that would require school districts to ensure that their curricula, professional development, and teaching standards “reflect balanced political viewpoints.” This means that if the “viewpoint of one political party” was presented in classroom materials, “the viewpoint of the alternative political party shall also be presented and given equal weight during the same instructional unit.” Charter schools would be exempt from SB 700.

Economic and Housing Policy

Environmental Policy

  • The NC Department of Environmental Quality has fined Chemours nearly $200,000 for various environmental violations.

Health Care Policy

Women’s Rights and LGBTQ Rights

Criminal Justice

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