Speaker Tim Moore Renominated Republican Designee for Speaker of the House for North Carolina

Speaker Tim Moore has been unanimously renominated the Republican designee for House Speaker for the State of North Carolina. Once formally elected when session convenes in January, he will serve his fifth term as Speaker, making him the longest-serving Speaker of the House in North Carolina history.

First elected Speaker of the House in 2015, Speaker Moore is currently the 3rd longest serving Republican Speaker of the House nationally and 2nd longest serving in the South. He will be serving his eleventh term as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing Cleveland and Rutherford Counties.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am honored to once again be nominated by my colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House. We have made great strides under the last 12 years of Republican leadership in North Carolina, and I am eager to get to work with my fellow members to continue the success and the growth that has made North Carolina a beacon to the rest of the nation.”

Legislative Leaders File Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-Intervenors’ Appeal in Leandro Case

Today, counsel for the NC General Assembly filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff-Intervenors’ appeal in the Leandro case, arguing their claims are entirely unrelated to the issues involved in this appeal.

The motion reiterates the position of Justice Anita Earls, who just last week denied Legislative leaders’ motion seeking her recusal due to her previous work representing the Plaintiff-Intervenors in this case.

Justice Earls argued that her recusal from the Leandro case was not warranted since, although she signed Plaintiff-Intervenors’ initial complaint, “the facts and claims at issue in the Intervening Complaint—which largely concerned student assignment policies in CMS—are entirely unrelated to the questions presently before this Court.” (emphasis added)

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Justice Earls and the Plaintiff-Intervenors simply cannot have it both ways. The bottom line is that either her former clients should be dismissed from this case, or Justice Earls should recuse herself. Anything less is an affront to our judicial system.”

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Unprecedented NC Supreme Court Ruling Undermines Voters, Constitution

Today the NC Supreme Court ruled against two key constitutional amendments approved by the duly elected representatives of North Carolina.

NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “This party-line ruling is in direct contradiction to the rule of law and the will of the voters. The people of North Carolina will not stand for the blatant judicial activism and misconduct that has seized our state’s highest court, and neither will I.”

He continued, “I will continue to fight for the Voter ID and Tax Cap Amendments, which were overwhelmingly approved by the people of North Carolina. It’s time to end the judicial coup that is unilaterally altering our constitution and subverting the will of North Carolina voters.”

Governor Cooper Signs Budget: Speaker Moore, Senator Berger Respond in Joint Statement

Today Governor Cooper signed the state budget that previously passed by strong bipartisan margins in both the House and Senate.
 
NC House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said, “The General Assembly passed the 2022 budget with strong bipartisan support, and we are pleased Governor Cooper signed this responsible spending plan into law. Moving forward, we are committed to working together to improve healthcare access and expand Medicaid, while providing the necessary safeguards to preserve the state’s fiscal strength. Active negotiations are occurring now toward that end.”

NC General Assembly Leaders Unveil State Budget Investments in Schools, Economic Development, Infrastructure

North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) today announced a budget agreement.
 
The total spend of the budget is $27.9 billion and includes significant investments in teacher and state employee raises, infrastructure, economic development, and water and sewer.
 
Some highlights include:
 
  • Teachers will receive a 4.2% average increase in FY 22-23 and will receive a 9.1% total increase over the biennium.
  • School employees will receive the greater of 4% or an increase to $15/hour.
  • State agency employees will receive a 3.5% pay increase.
  • State Retirees: will receive an additional 1.0% one-time retiree supplement (total of 4% over biennium).
  • Economic Development: $876 million to supplement major projects.
  • School Safety Grants: $32 million for Safety Equipment, Students in Crisis, and Safety Training.
  • Mental health programs: $14.8 million.
  • Water and sewer: $600 million additional and $2.5 billion over the biennium.
 
In a joint statement, Sen. Berger and Speaker Moore said, “This is a responsible budget that responds to our current needs and plans for an uncertain economic future. This budget takes into account the strain of runaway spending from our federal government that is stretching North Carolinians’ budgets thin, and the burden of skyrocketing fuel prices and inflation. It’s imperative that we stay on track and continue the good work we’ve done in North Carolina to strengthen our economy, meet the needs of our citizens, and secure a bright future for our state.”
 
The budget can be read in full here.
 
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NC House Speaker Tim Moore Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs Ruling

Today the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court is long overdue and a major win for protecting life! The end of Roe v. Wade rightfully returns authority back to the states to determine abortion law.”
 
He continued, “While I remain unequivocally pro-life, the short budget adjustment session does not afford us sufficient time to take up the issue. However, North Carolinians can rest assured that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that current restrictions on the books will be enforced. North Carolinians can also expect pro-life protections to be a top priority of the legislature when we return to our normal legislative session in January.”

U.S. Supreme Court Rules 8-1 to Allow the NC General Assembly to Intervene in Voter ID Case

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the North Carolina General Assembly can intervene in the federal voter ID case.
 
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “North Carolinians overwhelmingly support voter ID, and they deserve nothing less than the strongest representation from those who would uphold the will of the voters and our constitution, not a tepid defense by an attorney general who has a record of opposing voter ID. As stated in today’s decision, ‘More than once a North Carolina attorney general has opposed laws enacted by the General Assembly and declined to defend them fully in federal litigation.’”
 
He continued, “The U.S. Supreme Court has rightfully agreed with us that, without the participation of the General Assembly in defending voter ID, ‘important state interests would not be represented.’ Also, ‘ … while serving as a state senator the attorney general voted against an earlier voter-ID law and filed a declaration in support of a legal challenge against it.’ I am proud of our General Counsel and legal team for their diligent work on behalf of the voters. Rest assured, I will continue to fight to defend the will of the people for voter ID to become law as decided by the voters.”

Rep. Erin Paré of Wake County Launches Women in STEM Task Force

Raleigh, NC— Today Rep. Erin Paré (R-Wake) announced the formation of The House Select Committee on Advancing Women in STEM, which has been established by the Speaker of the House of Representatives pursuant to G.S. 120-19.6(a1) and to Rule 26(a) in Section 1 of the Rules of the House of Representatives of the 2021 General Assembly.
 
The Committee will study issues related to developing future generations of women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The 12 members of the committee are:
 
Representative Erin Pare, Chair
Representative Donna White, Vice Chair
Representative Alison Dahle
Representative Jon Hardister   
Representative Dean Arp
Representative Amos Quick
Representative Kristin Baker M.D.
Representative Diane Wheatley
Representative Hugh Blackwell
Representative Matthew Winslow
Representative John Bradford 
Representative Shelly Willingham
 
Rep. Erin Paré said, “Imagination, creativity, and curiosity are essential to innovation. Women who pursue careers in STEM not only bring greater diversity to the ideas and solutions in these fields; they innovate and pave the way for future generations of women to follow in their footsteps and drive progress even further.”
 
She continued, “As more tech companies flock to North Carolina, the need for workers in STEM has increased dramatically in our state. My hope is that this committee can find tangible ways to support the women who are interested in these fields and encourage more women to pursue STEM careers in the future.”
 
The Women in STEM Task Force will begin meeting after the legislative short session ends.
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Flash Cards Depicting Pregnant Man Used in WCPSS Preschool Classroom in House District 37

This week Rep. Erin Paré (R-Wake) received an email from a concerned constituent alerting her to the use of LGBTQIA+ themed flash cards, including a card with the depiction of a pregnant man, to teach colors to children in a preschool class at Ballentine Elementary School, part of the Wake County public school system. Rep. Paré received images of the cards from her constituent. (pictured above)
 
Rep. Paré immediately contacted the principal of the elementary school to alert her of this constituent concern and to confirm the use of the flash cards in the classroom. The principal of the school took swift action to investigate and respond to the information.  The principal found the stack of cards in a preschool classroom and verified with the teacher that they had been used by the teacher in the classroom to teach colors. The principal confirmed that the flash cards were not part of approved curriculum and that she was unaware that they were being used. The principal immediately took possession of the cards, contacted the WCPSS area superintendent, and engaged human resources.  The principal expressed appreciation for the constituent’s information via Rep. Paré, as she would not have known about the flash cards otherwise.
 
In a poll released this week, North Carolina voters (57%) overwhelmingly supported the idea of passing legislation that would “make parents the primary decision-makers regarding their child’s health and medical decisions and provide parents with opt-out options regarding controversial surveys or age-inappropriate classroom materials.”
 
The members of the North Carolina General Assembly are currently reviewing legislation to address this very concern. Parents deserve to know exactly what and how their children are being taught.
 
“I am grateful that a concerned constituent reached out and that this issue is being addressed in a swift and professional manner by Ballentine Elementary School,” said Rep. Erin Pare (R-Wake). 
 
“Schools should only be using age-appropriate materials, and these flashcards clearly do not meet that standard for a pre-school classroom. I hope schools across Wake County and the State of North Carolina will follow the example of Ballentine and respond swiftly when a parent expresses concern and ensure that materials like this are not being used to teach young students.”
 
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