Governor Cooper’s State of Emergency Turns Two Years Old

Today marks two years since Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 116, declaring a state of emergency in our state in light of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Governor’s executive order turned two years old, House members signed a “birthday card,” asking Governor Cooper to lift the state of emergency. Earlier this week, House members sent a letter to Governor Cooper asking him to lift it.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Over the duration of the Governor’s ongoing state of emergency, many in our state have felt their individual liberties deteriorate under extreme mandates and policies as a result of unilateral decisions made by our Governor in the midst of the pandemic.”

He continued, “As other states move to lift COVID restrictions in light of a decline in cases and hospitalizations, Governor Cooper should lift the state of emergency in North Carolina.”

North Carolina House Gives Unanimous Approval to Resolution Supporting Ukraine

Today the North Carolina House approved HR 981, a resolution expressing support for Ukraine as its people fight for freedom, and urging Congress to increase domestic energy production.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We stand firmly with the Ukrainian people as they fight to defend their country from Russian aggression. As millions of refugees flee and hundreds of civilians have been slaughtered, it is crucial that civilized nations of the world stand with them now.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, it’s time for our leaders in Congress and in the White House to reverse course on unnecessarily limiting our production of energy. We must increase our domestic energy production to strengthen our security here at home.”

NCGA Files Application for Stay from the NC Supreme Court

Today, attorneys for the North Carolina General Assembly filed with the United States Supreme Court an Emergency Application for Stay of the rulings of the State Supreme Court and the three-judge panel.
 
NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The United States Constitution is clear – state legislatures, not state judges, are responsible for setting the rules governing elections. By striking the General Assembly’s congressional map and redrawing their own, with the help of Democrat partisans, the courts have, once again, violated the separation of powers. This effort to circumvent the elected representatives of the people will not stand.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, this coordinated effort is funded by Eric Holder and led by disgraced Democrat operative Marc Elias, who have no business in interfering in our elections. I will pursue all legal means to ensure that North Carolina’s elections are decided by North Carolinians and that the constitution and rule of law are followed.”
 

NC House Will Appeal Trial Court Ruling in Redistricting Case

Today a three-judge panel ruled that while the legislature’s state house and state senate maps will be upheld by the court, the remedial congressional map drawn by the legislature must be tossed out and replaced with a congressional map drawn in an unknown, black-box manner.
 
The three-judge panel has changed our congressional map from one of the most competitive to one of the least competitive congressional maps in the country.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Today’s ruling is nothing short of egregious. The trial court’s decision to impose a map drawn by anyone other than the legislature is simply unconstitutional and an affront to every North Carolina voter whose representation would be determined by unelected, partisan activists.”
 
He continued, “Let me clear: this court has effectively taken a hammer to our state constitution and the rule of law, and I will appeal this ruling with respect to the congressional map immediately on behalf of the voters.”

North Carolina House Approves Congressional, State Senate Maps

Today the North Carolina House approved new Congressional and state Senate maps.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The Congressional and state Senate maps we have passed today fully comply with the court’s guidelines, and I am confident that these maps will ultimately be upheld.”
 
He continued, “I look forward to the court’s approval of our maps and ultimately resuming the good work we are focused on in the General Assembly.”

NC House Passes Free the Smiles Act in Veto-Proof, Bipartisan Vote, Returning Student Masking Decisions to Parents

Today, the North Carolina House has passed the Free the Smiles Act in a veto-proof, bipartisan vote of 76-42. The bill will give parents the right to opt out of student mask mandates for their children.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “All health care decisions for our students belong with their parents, not with politicians or bureaucrats. No one cares about these children more than their parents, and no one is better-suited to make these decisions.”
 
He continued, “This action is long overdue. While politicians have failed to roll back these onerous restrictions that have resulted in learning loss, young children have paid the heaviest price for ongoing mandates and restrictions that are simply not based on science or current data.”

North Carolina House Passes State House Map in Bipartisan Vote

Today, in a vote of 115-5, following a mutual agreement between both Democrats and Republicans, the North Carolina House passed a new state map in a bipartisan vote.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am proud of the bipartisan vote today and that we have passed a State House map for North Carolina.”
 
He continued, “Furthermore, I am confident that the House has passed a map that complies with the court’s guidelines and will be upheld in court.”

House Republicans and Democrats Reach Agreement on State House Map

Joint statement from
House Speaker Tim Moore and House Minority Leader Robert Reives:
 
Today, House Leadership from both parties reached an agreement on a State House map. We are confident that this will result in a map that has bipartisan support. This agreement is the result of several days of good faith discussions between House leaders in both parties.

DHHS Refuses to Eliminate Student Mask Mandates, New Legislation Considered in NC House

Raleigh, NC— Yesterday, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper asking him to end the policies that effectively mandate masks in schools, as most governors across the country finally do the same.
 
Although Governor Cooper said yesterday that the DHHS would be updating COVID guidelines for students, the only update to the toolkit was to contact tracing. Unfortunately, North Carolina students will continue to be masked in the classroom.
 
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “This failure by Governor Cooper and DHHS to roll back obsolete mask mandates will mean that many schools will leave those mandates in place. Yesterday’s updates were simply not strong enough. We must do more to protect our children from further learning setbacks and the other consequences of keeping these mandates in place.”
 
He continued, “As soon as redistricting is completed, we will be advancing legislation in the House to give parents the ability to opt-out of mask requirements. Virginia is already advancing a bipartisan bill just like this. It is parents, not politicians, who should decide whether or not to mask their children.”

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore Urges Governor: End Student Masking Policies

Today, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper asking to end the policies that have disrupted classrooms and hindered student achievement and repeal the guidelines that force healthy kids to stay home and effectively mandate masks in schools, as most governors across the country finally do the same.
 
NC House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Throughout the pandemic, it has been our young children who have paid the heaviest price for the Governor’s endless state of emergency and ongoing mandates and restrictions.”
 
He continued, “It is time to end the policies that have disrupted classrooms and hindered student achievement. The science does not support these onerous restrictions that continue to harm our children. I urge Governor Cooper to repeal the guidelines that force healthy kids to stay home and effectively mandate masks in schools.”