Last Week at the General Assembly
I was honored to have been asked to be a guest speaker on the, “Do Politics Better” podcast. For the full episode please click the link attached below.
Do Politics Better Podcast: Rep. Jason Saine, a "Big Chair" with a Big Sense of Humor on Apple Podcasts
Update from Atrium Health:
I received the following from Atrium Health’s Governmental Affairs team:
“Representative Saine, you have been a champion all along. I just wanted to share with you good news about school based virtual care in Lincoln County. Truly appreciate all you do for our patients.
“Our Atrium Health School Based Virtual Care program has been awarded the $146K NC DHHS Rural Health Grant to support SBVC in select Lincoln County and Kannapolis City Schools for the 2021-20222 academic year.
“This funding will support the delivery of both medical and mental health care to students at school. This work truly represents a Team of Teams win with Atrium key stakeholders including Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, Community Health and Emerging Care service lines.”
Relief for Firefighters
We are once again debating legislation to address an alarming spike in firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer. House Bill 535 would provide a lump sum of $25,000 to firefighters for each cancer diagnosis they receive, up to $50,000 total. It would also cover up to $12,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses, and it would provide disability benefits for firefighters who can no longer work because of their diagnosis. I am proud to be a sponsor of this bill.
Most House Republicans urge Cooper to reject government 'vaccine passport'
In our House Republican Caucus I signed a letter with 64 of my colleagues urging Governor Cooper to avoid instating a “vaccine passport” linked to Covid-19. For more information I invite you to click the link below.
In major shift, NC Sheriffs' Association backs end to state's pistol permit system
North Carolina could scrap its pistol permit system, which requires local sheriffs to sign off on handgun purchases, under a proposal released Tuesday with support from the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association.
On the House Floor
My effort to stop the biannual clock adjustments in North Carolina required to comply with daylight saving time rules passed the state House on Thursday.
The chamber voted 98-17 in favor of legislation that would move clocks up an hour for good in the state — making daylight saving time permanent — but only should Congress pass a law allowing states to act. Currently states can only opt out of observing daylight saving time. We want to make it possible to opt in year-round.
The bill, which also cleared the House in 2019, matches efforts by legislators in other nearby Southern states to end required time shifts in March and November.
HB709 Taxpayer Protection Act
I am one of the sponsors of a bill seeking a proposed constitutional amendment. The bill would put a limit on annual state budget growth to be determined by the combination of cost of living increases (inflation) and population growth (these are the restraints currently imposed voluntarily by the House and Senate). The bill allows the House and Senate to override the spending limit growth if 2/3 of the House and Senate vote to do so.
Read the bill here: www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2021/H709