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4/4/2021 6:40:00 AM
Legislative Report From Rep. Jason Saine

Rep. Jason Saine, District 97-Lincoln County
N.C. House of Representatives


Happy Easter! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday weekend with their family and loved ones. This past Monday I arrived in Raleigh for a week filled with committee and office meetings. We have our “legislative spring break” starting Monday so it was our priority to complete our legislative business before we adjourned for a short break. Nevertheless, I am extremely proud of what we accomplished this past week and I encourage you all to keep reading so I may highlight some of these accomplishments.

The Week at the General Assembly

I was a featured panelist at the John Locke Foundation’s weekly Shaftsbury Luncheon. I discussed connecting rural broadband throughout North Carolina. The event also featured experts from the John Locke Foundation and the Graham County Schools Superintendent. The full discussion can be viewed at the link below:

John Locke Foundation luncheon

Carolina Journal: Federal investigation of 2016 state election shows 'failure of oversight' 

 

Over the years, many constituents have expressed concerns regarding voter fraud in our state. News just broke that a federal investigation into the 2016 election within North Carolina just concluded. It was discovered that North Carolina had 70 total charges with 40 of them surrounding individuals voting illegally. You can read the article at https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/federal-investigation-of-2016-n-c-election-nets-70-charges-of-voter-fraud/.

NC Governor Cooper COVID-19 executive orders extensions 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued three new executive orders on Tuesday that could offer relief for people who are unemployed or in danger of eviction, and for businesses that sell takeout alcohol. Please click the following link for more information: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article250322531.html 

 North Carolina residents can now renew their state-issued IDs online

 NC residents can renew these identification cards (ID) six months before they expire; they cost a $14 renewal fee, plus a $3 online convenience fee. However, certain ID holders can renew for free. Information concerning this can be found on their website under No-Fee ID Cards.  Here's a link to an article: 
https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/north-carolina-residents-can-now-renew-their-state-issued-ids-online/article_318f07fc-90a9-11eb-b971-53a32a714df2.html 

North Carolina to open COVID vaccines to all adults April 7
 
Beginning Wednesday any North Carolina adult can get a COVID vaccination.  Read more about it at 
https://apnews.com/article/health-north-carolina-coronavirus-pandemic-coronavirus-vaccine-84c38c8a2257507020258346ad470658

On the House Floor

Supporting Democracy in Taiwan

On Tuesday I read a statement voicing my support, and many of my House colleagues’ support for the people of Taiwan. I firmly believe that we need to help them stand up to Communist China. You can view my full statement at this video link:

Video of Rep. Saine's remarks on Taiwan

Restricting the Governor’s Emergency Powers and Restoring Constitutional Balance
 

H 264, which I co-sponsored, passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 69-50. This bill would require the Governor to seek concurrence of the majority of the Council of State when exercising certain emergency authorities.

Ensuring Timely Payments to Charter Schools

H 335, which I sponsored, passed the House by a vote of 117-2 on Thursday. The bill requires school boards to pay a penalty if they do not transfer monies allocated for Public Charter Schools in a reasonable time period. 

Summer Time Blues

H 82, which I co-sponsored, passed the Senate 48-0 and will be presented to the Governor for his signature. This bill establishes summer programs in all public schools to help address the learning loss cause by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Calling for a Convention of the States

I am a primary sponsor of HJR 233, which passed the House Judiciary IV committee on Monday. The Resolution calls for a Convention of the States to propose amendments to the United States Constitution to impose fiscal restraints, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office for officials and members of Congress.

Keep Up With Me Online

Looking to keep up with what's going on at the legislature?
Check out my Facebook page here. On Twitter you can follow me @JasonSaine97th.



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