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Raleigh, N.C. – Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced he has received requests from more than three-fifths of House members to call a special session to address the Charlotte City Council’s recently passed ordinance affecting the safety and privacy of people using restrooms.
 
“The vast majority of my fellow colleagues in the House and I believe the ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council poses an imminent threat to public safety.  We believe it prudent to consider immediate action because the Charlotte City Council decided to make its ordinance effective prior to the convening of our short session.  We understand that special sessions have a cost, but the North Carolina House is unwilling to put a price tag on public safety,” said Speaker Moore on Thursday.
President Pro Tem of the NC Senate, Sen. Phil Berger agrees.  Said Berger, "The idea that grown men and young girls should use the same bathroom and middle school boys and girls should share locker facilities defies common sense and puts children and families at risk," Sen. Berger said Thursday. "This is crazy."
I have joined my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate calling for a special session of the General Assembly this Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  This is necessary because the ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2016.  Because in excess of three-fifths of members in both the House and Senate have agreed to the need for this special session, I expect this matter will be properly addressed and resolved quickly.  Thank you for the positive feedback and support I have received from many of you.       

 

Representative Howard joins in celebrating 95th Birthday of Lewisville Resident and Long-time Republican Woman Mary Alice Warren


On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Representative Howard was pleased to join Mayor of Lewisville Mike Horn in honoring the occasion of Ms. Mary Alice Warren’s 95th birthday.  The event was held at Vienna Village in Pfafftown. 
Ms. Warren has been one of the most active Republican women in Forsyth County and across the State for nearly 65 years.  Also a true advocate of historic preservation, Ms. Warren recently donated a large tract of land, now known as Jack Warren Park in honor of her late husband, for use by the residents of the Town of Lewisville.   
In commemoration of Ms. Warren’s 95th year, Representative Howard was pleased to present her with official greetings from Governor Pat McCrory as well as an official state flag flown over the NC State Capitol in her honor. 

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NC General Assembly Passes New Congressional Map; Complies with Federal Trial Court’s Ruling

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill establishing a new Congressional map for 2016. Redistricting bills do not require the Governor’s signature; therefore, SB-2: 2016 Contingent Congressional Plan becomes law, subject to further action by the federal courts. The measure passed 65-43 in the House; 32-15 in the Senate.
While the State still maintains that the current map is constitutional, this bill is a necessary component for contingency planning as the U.S. Supreme Court failed to issue a stay in the lower court’s order.
The new Congressional map is compact and splits fewer counties and precincts than in recent history. In the past, North Carolina has seen up to 40 counties and 68 precincts split, while the new Congressional map only splits 13 counties and 12 precincts.
The Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting adopted criteria after public comment and debate that gave directive on how the maps were to be drawn. These criteria were harmonized to produce the 2016 Contingent Congressional map. During debate, the Committee rejected using race as criteria and addressed public calls to eliminate the “serpentine” shaped 12th district that the State has seen since 1992.
“We recognize that this condensed timeline – mandated by the federal trial court – has been frustrating and confusing for the people of North Carolina, but we are pleased that we were able to make this process as transparent and open to public comment as possible,” said Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett). Lewis serves as Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting and led redrawing efforts for the House. “This map – the only one put forward for consideration – is practicable, fair, and respectfully complies with court order. We still remain hopefully optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a stay soon to help avoid all confusion and the cost of a stand-alone Congressional primary in June.”
The law took effect upon passage on February 19, and the filing period for this year’s congressional primary election runs from March 16 – March 25.  A special congressional primary election is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 2016. 
Under the new map, Davie County is placed into a new 13th congressional district with Davidson and Iredell Counties, as well as substantial portions of Guilford and Rowan Counties.  All of Forsyth County would remain in the 5th congressional district, currently represented by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. 
As a part of the passage of SB-2, State legislators also permitted candidates in other contests to run for the U.S. House of Representatives during the June Primary.  A successful primary candidate will have to pick between contests by June 14.
The voter rolls are currently open across the state, allowing new voters to register and current voters to change party or other registration information.
Unaffiliated voters who selected a partisan ballot in the March Primary are permitted to select a different party in June.
Results in all 2016 primaries are determined by a plurality where the winner takes all. There are no runoffs.
For additional information visit North Carolina State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov.

State flag gift honors nursing legacy, family ties


Nov. 25, 2015
Accessible here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/news/11-25-15.cfm
East Carolina University, College of Nursing
One of Sydney Howard's favorite childhood memories is helping her grandmother, Rep. Julia Howard, campaign for political office.
"We would give out mints to people and say, 'Vote for Nanny," laughed Sydney, an East Carolina University Honors College student studying in the College of Nursing.
Nursing students Sydney Howard and grandmother, Rep. Julia Howard
ECU Nursing student Sydney Howard and her grandmother, NC Rep. Julia Howard
Now her grandmother, who is serving her 12th term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, is reciprocating that support. She requested a North Carolina flag to be flown over the state capitol building to recognize the College of Nursing – an honor typically reserved for veterans and important personages.
Rep. Howard presented the framed flag with a letter from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory at a Nov. 19 banquet held by ECU's Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
"Everything you're doing, you're doing right," Rep. Howard said of ECU. "When these young folks come out, their future is set."
Beta Nu members donated more than $500 to the group's annual scholarship fundraiser the night of the banquet so that the flag could be gifted to the college as a permanent keepsake. The college will permanently display the flag in the Health Sciences Building.
Rep. Howard said it made her proud to know the flag will still be at the school 20 years from now, a sentiment that College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown shares.
"Our mission at the college is to educate the next generation of nurse leaders to serve our state,"Brown said. "To have those efforts recognized with the help of Julia Howard at the state level is an amazing honor."
For Sydney Howard, a member of Beta Nu who will graduate in May 2016 with her bachelor of science in nursing, the flag gift represents the convergence of two things she loves dearly. One reason the Lewisburg, Penn., native chose ECU nursing was because she knew it would put her close to her grandmother.


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