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North Carolina Legislative Report - January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis during the interim to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state.

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Committees

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

The Committee met on Tuesday, January 12. DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer gave introductory remarks regarding the Department. Joyce Jones, Research Committee staff person, reviewed the resources materials for members and gave an overview of the committee’s purpose.

Ron Davis, CFO at DHHS, gave a presentation on the implementation of budget items. Courtney Cantrell, Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS), gave an update on LME/MCO reduction. John Correllus, GDAC Director, gave an update on the Health Information Exchange. Courtney Cantrell and Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary of the Division of Medicaid Assistance, reviewed the Traumatic Brain Injury and Medicaid waiver report. Mr. Richard then gave a report on the Medicaid waiver for children with serious emotional disturbance.

Dale Armstrong, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services, gave an update on DHHS capital projects at Cherry and Broughton. Jessica Keith, Special Advisor on ADA, gave the final report on the status of the DOJ settlement agreement.

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice

The Committee met on Tuesday, January 12. Jennifer Hillman, Research Division staff person, reviewed the committee’s charge as well as session law 2015-245, an Act to Transform and Reorganize North Carolina’s Medicaid and Health Choice Programs (H 372). DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer gave some remarks regarding Medicaid reform and Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary of the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), gave an update on Medicaid and NC Health Choice enrollment. Trey Sutten, Finance Director for DMA gave a presentation on Medicaid and the NC Health Choice budget forecast. Dee Jones, Director of Operations with the Division of Health Benefits, gave a presentation on both the staffing status of the Division of Health Benefits and the work plan for the Division of Health Benefits. 

Revenue Laws Study Committee

The Committee met on Tuesday, January 12. As is customary for the first meeting of the Committee, proceedings began with a presentation from legislative staff on all of the revenue laws changes enacted in the preceding session. Committee members then heard from Scott Drenkard with the Tax Foundation on how recent tax reform efforts in North Carolina have affected the state’s rankings in the Tax Foundation’s reports. Next, staff from the Fiscal Research Division gave an overview of issues related to market-based sourcing of sales for corporate tax apportionment purposes. Finally, presentations concluded with an overview of draft legislation with respect to technical corrections. At this time, that draft legislation includes mostly items that passed both chambers in S 605 last session, but that failed to be enacted when that bill did not receive final approval. The Committee also had an opportunity to thank the outgoing Secretary of Revenue, Lyons Gray, and to welcome the income Secretary Jeffrey Epstein. The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9. 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources

The Committee held its first meeting of the interim on Tuesday, January 12. Members heard from the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Commerce, Environmental Quality, Natural and Cultural Resources and the Wildlife Resource Commission. Each gave an overview of the Departments organizational structure, key priorities and highlighted budget pressures. In addition, Environmental Quality and Cultural Resources updated members on the transfer of the Natural Resource Divisions to Cultural Resources. The Committee will meet again on Tuesday, February 9.

The Environmental Review Commission

The Committee held its first meeting of the interim on Wednesday, January 13. Representative Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) presided over the meeting and gave introductory comments outlining the priorities and scope of the Committee. Tom Reeder, DEQ’s Assistant Secretary for the Environment gave a report on the status of assessment, corrective action, prioritization and closure for each of the coal ash ponds required under the Coal Ash Management Act. Reeder followed this with an update on DEQ’s activity related to studying and identifying appropriate groundwater standards for hexavalent chromium and vanadium.

John Evans, DEQ Deputy Secretary, reported on activities to implement the audit privilege and limited immunity provisions included in 2015’s regulatory reform bill. Closing out the meeting, Chairman McGrady highlighted the creation of two stakeholder groups. One will study local government authority over solid waste matters and another will look at new technologies and strategies to dewater leachate and other forms of wastewater. The Committee will meet again on Wednesday, February 10.

In The News

Raleigh News & Observer: NC voter ID trial opens in Winston-Salem

Charlotte Observer: Piedmont Natural Gas shareholders approve acquisition by Duke Energy

Associated Press: Transportation group backs toll lanes on Interstate 77

Associated Press: Medicaid overhaul chief says work on track to meet deadlines

WRAL: Bond opposition getting organized

Raleigh News & Observer: With earlier primary, how much time will presidential candidates spend in NC?

Calendar

Mon, January 25, 2016

9:00 AM

Select   Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding   Solutions (House)

Mattamuskeet Outpost

1:00 PM

Blue   Ribbon Commission to Study the Building and Infrastructure Needs of the State   (2013) -- CANCELLED

                                                                       643 LOB


Tue, January 26, 2016

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on   Future of IDS/Innocence Commission

      1228/1327 LB


Wed, January 27, 2016

10:00 AM

Select   Committee on Achievement School Districts (House)

423 LOB

2:00 PM

Select   Committee on Education Strategy and Practices (House)

      415 LOB


Thu, January 28, 2016

9:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Subcommittee on   Statewide Early Education and Family Support Programs

      544 LOB

9:30 AM

Select   Committee on Education Strategy and Practices -- CORRECTED (House)

      415 LOB

2:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on   IDS Fees -- CANCELLED

Cabarrus County Courthouse


Tue, February 02, 2016

10:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Education Oversight Committee

      643 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Commission on Energy Policy

      544 LOB

1:30 PM

Joint   Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Committee

      415 LOB


Wed, February 03, 2016

9:30 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance

      544 LOB


Thu, February 04, 2016

9:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee

      643 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology

      544 LOB


Fri, February 05, 2016

9:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee -- CORRECTED

      1228/1327 LB


Mon, February 08, 2016

9:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government

      544 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

      544 LOB


Tue, February 09, 2016

8:30 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

      643 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and NC Health Choice

      643 LOB


Wed, February 10, 2016

9:00 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on   Probation/Parole Vehicles

414 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on   Body-Worn Cameras

414 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on   IDS Fees

      415 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint Oversight   Committee on Justice and Public Safety, Subcommittee on IDS Fees

      415 LOB

1:30 PM

Environmental   Review Commission

423 LOB


Thu, February 11, 2016

9:30 AM

Joint   Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee

      544 LOB

9:30 AM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery

      643 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint   Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

      643 LOB


Fri, February 12, 2016

10:00 AM

North   Carolina Courts Commission

      643 LOB


Mon, April 25, 2016

7:00 PM

Session   Convenes (House)

      House

7:00 PM

Session   Convenes (Senate)

      Senate

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