REP. EVELYN TERRY
(D-FORSYTH), DISTRICT 71
About the district: D-71 covers the southeast quadrant of Winston-Salem, but also includes a narrow, westward corridor hugging Business 40 and reaching to Hanes Mall Boulevard.
Committee assignments: Vice-chair, Homelessness, Foster Care and Dependency; Appropriations; Appropriations, Transportation; Commerce and Job Development; Environment; Ethics
Bills: 108 (including 11 as primary sponsor)
- HB 892 — Free Lunch for Some Students/Stop Lunch Shame (with Brockman)
Appropriates $5 million to make school lunches free for students who currently qualify for reduced-price lunch while prohibiting public schools from publicly identifying students who can’t pay or owe a meal debt by wearing a bracelet or hand stamp. Also prohibits public schools from requiring students to do chores to pay off a meal debt. Status: Referred to House Appropriation Committee.
- HB 368 — Block MV Reg./Unpaid Parking Fines in W-S (with Hanes)
Requires the state Division of Motor Vehicles to refuse to register a vehicle if the city of Winston-Salem notifies the agency that the owner has failed to pay their parking fines. Status: Referred to House State and Local Government I Committee.
- HB 246 — Forsyth Tech Multicampus Funds (with Conrad, Lambeth and Hanes)
Appropriates $526,119 in recurring annual funds to operate the Transportation Technology Center at Forsyth Tech. Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee.
- HB 102 — NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment
Would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for women and men regardless of sex. Status: Referred to House Rules Committee.
REP. ED HANES
(D-FORSYTH), DISTRICT 72
About the district: Covering the northern urban portion of Winston-Salem, D-72 is bisected by University Parkway, a racial and economic dividing line in the city. The district includes Smith Reynolds Airport and Wake Forest University.
Committee assignments: Vice-chair, Energy and Public Utilities; Alcoholic Beverage Control; Education, Universities; Ethics; Finance; Health Care Reform; Insurance; Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House
Bills: 94 (including 28 as primary sponsor)
- HB 170 — Pilot/Sports for Students With Disabilities (with Lambeth)
Allows the state Department of Public Instruction to use up to $300,000 to develop and implement a pilot program to enhance extracurricular athletics for students with disabilities with the goal of overcoming barriers and empowering students. Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee.
- HB 247 — Limit Soldiers’ Community College Tuition
Would ensure that the cost of out-of-state tuition for community college does not exceed available federal tuition assistance for active-duty service members who were unable to continue their studies because of deployment. Status: Referred to House Appropriations Commission.
- HB 136 — Lower Compulsory Attendance Age from 7 to 6 (with Lambeth)
Would lower the age at which a child is required to attend school from 7 to 6. Status: Referred to House Education-K-12 Committee.
REP. DEBRA CONRAD
(R-FORSYTH), DISTRICT 74
About the district: D-74 covers the northern portion of the suburban-rural doughnut of Forsyth County, including Tobaccoville, Rural Hall and Belews Creek. The district also reaches a finger into affluent, Republican-leaning areas of Winston-Salem south of Robinhood Road.
Committee assignments: Chair, Commerce and Job Development; chair, Education, K-12; Appropriations; Appropriations, Education; Banking; Elections and Ethics Law; Judiciary III; State and Local Government I
Bills: 59 (including 27 as primary sponsor)
- HB 113 — Pvt. Action Local Compliance/Immigration Laws
Allows anyone residing within the jurisdiction of a city, county or law enforcement agency that they believe is not in compliance with state immigration laws to file for injunctive relief in superior court. Would allow a judge to fine cities, counties and law enforcement agencies found to be not in compliance with immigration law up to $10,000 per day. Status: Passed the House by a vote of 65 to 48, and referred to Senate Rules Committee.
- HB 35 — Protect North Carolina Workers Act
The bill amends North Carolina’s E-verify program, which uses information from federal agencies ensure that employers are not hiring people who are not authorized to work in the United States due to their immigration status. Specifically, the bill ends an exemption for temporary employees, while adding an exemption for farmworkers. Status: Passed the House by a vote of 81 to 39, and referred to Senate Rules Committee.
- HB 37 — Protect Law Enforcement Officers
Protects state and local law enforcement officers from retaliation if they report lawbreaking, fraud, misappropriation of funds, danger to public health and safety, and gross mismanagement. Status: Passed the House by a vote of 65 to 47, and referred to Senate Rules Committee.
REP. DONNY LAMBETH
(R-FORSYTH), DISTRICT 75
About the district: D-75 covers much of the southern portion of the suburban-rural doughnut of Forsyth County, including Clemmons and a wide swatch of the county’s southeastern corner that also covers outlying areas of Kernersville. The district also extends a digit into Winston-Salem from the southwest covering Hanes Mall and the Ardmore neighborhood.
Committee assignments: Chair, Health; chair, Health Care Reform; chair, Aging; Appropriations; Education, Universities; Insurance; Pensions and Retirement; State Personnel
Bills: 93 (including 36 as primary sponsor)
- HB 883 — Increase Inmate Health Care
Requires North Carolina jails and prisons to establish a health information exchange to share inmates’ medical history, including their condition and treatment, medical tests, prescribed medications, and other special medical needs. Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee.
- HB 435 — Raise Minimum Age to Access Tobacco Products
Would gradually raise the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products, vapor products and cigarette wrapping papers from 18 to 21, with an exception for active-duty military. Status: Referred to House Rules Committee.
- HB 387 — Corner Store Initiative (with Quick)
Also called the Healthy Food Small Retailer Act, it’s designed to combat food deserts by establishing a fund that helps bring fresh food to existing businesses. Status: Referred to House Agriculture Committee.
- HB 46 — Allison’s Law/GPS Tracking Pilot Program (with Conrad, Terry and Hanes)
Establishes a pilot program in Forsyth County conducted through a partnership between the state Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies to place GPS tracking devices on domestic violence offenders, with the offenders paying for the cost of the program. Status: Referred to House Appropriations Committee and House Judiciary IV Committee.
REP. JULIA HOWARD
(R-FORSYTH, DAVIE), DISTRICT 79
About the district: D-79 includes the western tip of Forsyth County, including Lewisville, along with the entirety of Davie County.
Committee assignments: Chair, Banking; chair, Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance; Aging; Commerce and Job Development; Finance, Health, Insurance; Judiciary I
Bills: 38 (including 30 as primary sponsor)
- HB 48 — Legislator-Lobbyist Reform Act (with Faircloth)
Increases the “cooling off” period during which a former lawmaker may not register as a lawmaker from six months to one year. Status: Referred to House Rules Committee.
- HB 54 — Protect the Hardworking Taxpayers Act
Removes the limitation on the income tax deduction for the mortgage expense and property tax. The Fiscal Research Division estimates the change would cost the state $63 million to $70 million in 2017-2018 and up to $104 million by 2021-2022. Status: Referred to House Finance Committee.
- HB 196 — Zip Lines/Challenge Courses/Sanders’ Law
Requires zip-line operators to be certified through the state Labor Department and to submit to periodic state inspections. Status: Received a favorable vote in House Judiciary I Committee and referred to House Finance Committee.
- HB 374 — Business Freedom Act
Streamlines regulations for employing teenagers and other changes to reduce burdens on businesses. Status: Passed House by a unanimous vote, and referred to Senate Finance Committee.