House Republicans Respond to Governor Cooper’s Latest Vetoes

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed three bills approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. Two of those were House Bill 220 (Choice of Energy/Add’l Provisions) and Senate Bill 725: Prohibit Private Money in Elections Admin.
House Bill 220 would prohibit local governments from adopting any ordinance that prohibits connection, reconnection, modification, or expansion of an energy service based on the type or source of energy to be delivered to the end-user of the energy service; and (2) expand an exemption from public records for detailed plans and drawings of public buildings and infrastructure facilities, and add a new exemption for specific engineering, vulnerability, or detailed design information about proposed or existing critical infrastructure for energy, water, and wastewater utilities.
Senate Bill 725 would prohibit the State Board of Elections, county boards of elections, and county boards of commissioners from accepting private monetary donations, directly or indirectly, for conducting elections or employing individuals on a temporary basis.
Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) said, “House Bill 220 specifically addresses energy choices for consumers, leaving household decisions like whether or not to have a gas stove in their home to consumers themselves. The heavy hand of government has no place in the personal decisions North Carolinians make for their households.”
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Governor Cooper again fails to provide a substantive reason for vetoing common sense legislation.”
He continued, “Energy choice and ensuring our elections process is not in any way influenced by outside individuals– the bills vetoed today address the concerns of consumers and voters across all of North Carolina. Unfortunately the Governor prefers partisanship over common sense.”

NC Supreme Court Delays Primaries Until May 2022

A North Carolina Supreme Court ruling today has halted candidate filing and pushed the primary election date from March 8 to May 17 2022.
A lower court will decide the constitutionality of map districts by January 11.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “I am deeply disappointed in the State Supreme Court’s decision to halt and further delay our election process that is already underway.”
He continued, “To throw this process into chaos in the middle of filing leaves North Carolinians with uncertainty ahead of the election. Despite this delay, we are confident that we will prevail at trial and our maps will stand.”

Toyota Brings Megasite, 1,750 Jobs, to North Carolina

Today Toyota Motor North America announced they will be building a major-scale battery manufacturing plant to North Carolina, bringing 1,750 jobs to Greensboro, NC.
Toyota will invest $1.29 billion at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, which will initially produce batteries for Toyota’s hybrid electric vehicles and later produce batteries for battery electric vehicles in the long term.

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Court Refuses to Block NC Maps, Rules Election Will Proceed

Today a three-judge panel denied a request from Democratic plaintiffs to block new congressional and legislative maps, a delay that would prevent upcoming elections from proceeding as scheduled.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We are very pleased with the court’s ruling today. It is good news for North Carolina, and now it is time to move forward so that the election process can begin and the people of North Carolina can make their voices heard. Today’s ruling was a huge win for North Carolina voters.”

Speaker Tim Moore Responds to Governor Cooper’s Election Integrity Veto

Today Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 326, the “Election Day Integrity Act”.
Senate Bill 326 would further secure the integrity of our elections by requiring absentee ballots to be received by Election Day, rather than three days later.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Sadly, this veto will undermine North Carolina voters’ confidence in the outcome of future elections. Most states already have the same requirement for ballots to be received in a timely manner. Why shouldn’t North Carolinians be given the same confidence in our Election Day process?”

North Carolina Rep. Susan Fisher Will Retire From State House

Today, Representative Susan Fisher of Asheville announced that she will officially retire from her elected office effective December 31, 2021.
Representative Fisher has represented NC House District 114 for 18 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and she is is currently Minority Whip in the North Carolina House.
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Representative Fisher joined the North Carolina House 18 years ago, and we have served together ever since. Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand her dedication to her district and her constituents there. It has been an honor to serve the people of North Carolina alongside Rep. Fisher, and I am thankful for her commitment to this body and to work tirelessly for those she represents.”
Representative Fisher will be leaving office on December 31, 2021.

US Supreme Court Agrees to Take Up NCGA Request to Intervene in Voter ID Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted legislators’ petition for a writ of certiorari in the long-running federal voter ID litigation.
Previously, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied legislators’ motion to intervene in the case to defend North Carolina’s voter ID law. The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments sometime between February and March.
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “We look forward to taking this fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney General Josh Stein has repeatedly put his political position above the will of the voters and cannot be trusted to defend North Carolina’s constitutional voter ID law.”
He continued, “The people have spoken. A resounding majority of North Carolina voters have approved voter ID at the ballot box. We will ensure their voices are heard. We will mount a vigorous defense of the law on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina.” 

North Carolina Budget Brings New Projects to Cleveland County

The state budget was signed into law last week after passing both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The final budget included several items in Cleveland County, NC.
These projects include:
  • $59 million for a new Cleveland County Courthouse
  • $450,000 for a Mobile Unit for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
  • $50,000 for the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cleveland County
  • $1.5 million for the Cleveland County Community College Prison site
  • $585,000 for the Cleveland County Prison Education Center
  • $450,000 for the Cleveland County Law Enforcement training center
  • $698,277 to fund a new Public Defender in Cleveland County
  • Funding for a District Attorney Investigator Position
  • $20,000 to the Casar Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
  • $113,663 for the Cleveland County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • $420,000 to the Upper Cleveland Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • $250,000 for the Cleveland County Rescue Mission
  • $5 million for a health center in Cleveland County
  • $10 million for the Cleveland County Community College Student Center
  • $350,000 Cleveland County Vocational Industries
  • $200,000 for the Cleveland County Fair
  • $150,000 to the City of Shelby Recreation Department
  • $750,000 for the Kings Mountain YMCA
  • $4.9 million to Cleveland County Athletic Facilities
  • $2.2 million to the American Legion World Series in Cleveland County
  • $19 million for Cleveland County water and sewer projects
  • $7.4 million to the City of Shelby for water and sewer projects
  • $39 million for Kings Mountain water and sewer projects
  • $250,000 for Kings Mountain Lake Moss remediation
  • $50,000 to Kingstown
  • $100,000 to Kings Mountain
  • $10,000 to Casar                                         
  • $10,000 to Polkville
  • $10,000 to Fallston
  • $10,000 to Waco
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “The budget process and negotiations took months to get to a final product– a budget that is great for ALL of North Carolina, and particularly for Cleveland County. It has been my honor to represent Cleveland County these ten years and I believe this budget serves my constituents well.”

North Carolina General Assembly State Budget Signed by Governor Cooper

Today, shortly after the North Carolina House gave its final approval in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, Governor Cooper signed the North Carolina state budget (SB 105) into law.
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “Today is a great day for all of North Carolina. Finally, the citizens of North Carolina have a comprehensive spending package for the first time since 2018. Now that Governor Cooper has signed SB 105 into law, we have finally given our state a budget they can truly be proud of and one that meets the most critical needs of North Carolinians.”

North Carolina House Gives Final Approval to State Budget In Overwhelming Bipartisan Vote

Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 101- 10, gave final passage to the most significant State Budget in a generation.
From infrastructure, health care, disaster relief, the programs supporting our military veterans and their families, historic education funding to pay raises for teachers and state employees, income tax cuts and PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, this budget is one in a generation. will make North Carolina even stronger as our state continues to grow. These investments ensure a brighter future for our citizens, keep our economy strong and the generations to come.
House Speaker Tim Moore said, “For the first time since 2018, North Carolina will finally have comprehensive state budget. This is an historic day for our state and a great day for all North Carolinians.”
He continued, “The budget that has passed today and will be signed by Governor Cooper is the product of much time, hard work and the invaluable contributions from our Appropriations Chairs, Members of both Chambers, the Governor, stakeholders and staff. The significant investments made in this spending package demonstrate to all North Carolinians that we see these needs and are meeting them where they are at.”