March 7th UPDATE
As you can see from the bills that have been introduced, there is a fair amount of activity involving the emergency services. Several bills have similar language, and the best course of action at this juncture is to follow each closely, and when activity occurs be ready to support them. Thanks for all your support and for being willing to step up and lobby for North Carolinas fire service.
HB 2 and HB 76 are scheduled for committee tomorrow. One provides a Homestead Tax Exemption for surviving spouses of LODD’s, and the other provides a $5 increase in fire and rescue workers pension benefit. We will be there to support both. As bills move forward we will update you on projections and expectations, but it is too early to tell what will occur. Both of these will have to go to Appropriations and/or Finance Committees before they are read again on the floor for passage.
There is one new (SB 182) bill on the list that is listed because of some questions we’ve had on it. From the title it appears to restrict the use of light bars, but this does not involve emergency vehicles. It is dealing with the high intensity clear LED lights people are putting on off road vehicles used on the highway.
THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12TH WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL MEET HERE AT OUR OFFICE ON JONES STREET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.
**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.**
This report includes legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.
Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina. The Committee Members are:
• Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson
• Brian Cox, NCSFA
• Anthony Penland, NCSFA
• Kevin Gordon, NCSFA
• Tim Bradley, NCSFA
• Debbie Clary, Lobbyist
• AC Rich, NCSFA
• Tracy Mosley, NCAFC
• Jake Whisnant, NCAFC
• Steve Neal, NCAFC
• Chris Nichols, NCAFC
• Jeff Cash, NCAFC
For additional information contact:
Tim Bradley, Executive Director
Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board
Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs
North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
323 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603