Political tidbits

A state House committee will debate a proposal to require vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers to be towed away from a traffic stup unless a licensed driver is available to drive the car away. House Bill 341, sponsored by Rep. George Clevland, (R-Onslow) is to be heard in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.


NC Rep. Larry Bell (D) won’t seek re-election when his current term ends in 2018. Bell, one of the most senior House Democrats, represents parts of Sampson, Duplin and Wayne counties. At age 77, Bell says it is time to do some other things.






Senate Bill 550 has been filed to re-establish the drug courts in NC’s judicial districts. It begins as follows:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
2 AN ACT TO ESTABLISH JUDICIALLY MANAGED ACCOUNTABILITY AND
3 RECOVERY COURTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA TO
4 PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT AND CONTINUITY OF CARE FOR THOSE
5 ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM.

17 Act of 1995″.”Judicially Managed Accountability and Recovery Court Act of 2017.”


Why is HB 13 stalled in the Senate for two months? The bill could aid budget decisions for education funding.

New state-mandated smaller class sizes in elementary schools will cost N.C. school districts $388 million more per year in operating costs as well as significant capital costs. There will be a need to find btween 3000 – 5,400 additional students. There will be a need for more classrooms as well unless the Senate passes the compromise bill.

AN ACT TO MODIFY THE MAXIMUM AVERAGE CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS AND 3 INDIVIDUAL CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 4 THIRD GRADE. 5 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 6 SECTION 1. G.S. 115C-301(c) reads as rewritten:

7 “(c) Maximum Class Size for Kindergarten Through Third Grade. – The average class size

8 for kindergarten through third grade in a local school administrative unit shall at no time exceed

9 the funded allotment ratio of teachers to students in kindergarten through third grade.grade by

10 more than three students. At the end of the second school month and for the remainder of the

11 school year, the size of an individual class in kindergarten through third grade shall not exceed the

12 allotment ratio by more than threesix students. The funded class size allotment ratio for

13 kindergarten through third grade shall be as follows:

14 (1) For kindergarten, one teacher per 18 students.

15 (2) For first grade, one teacher per 16 students.

16 (3) For second grade, one teacher per 17 students.

17 (4) For third grade, one teacher per 17 students.

18 In grades four through 12, local school administrative units shall have the maximum flexibility 19 to use allotted teacher positions to maximize student achievement.”

02/16/2017 House Regular Message Sent To Senate
02/20/2017 Senate Regular Message Received From House
02/20/2017 Senate Passed 1st Reading
02/20/2017 Senate Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

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