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The state House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation last Wednesday to reform criminal justice expunction laws and provide a ‘second chance’ to citizens convicted of certain nonviolent offenses in North Carolina.Senate Bill 562 Second Chance Act makes changes to North Carolina’s expunction laws. The legislation includes the following key reforms:  Allows the expunction of certain misdemeanors and felonies…

Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, the only public school teacher currently serving in the North Carolina Legislature, expressed his disappointment today after hearing reports that a local after school organization had to layoff their executive director and other key roles because of budget shortfalls.  The organization, Communities in Schools of Northwest North Carolina, has been a staple…

Raleigh, NC – Members of the North Carolina Republican House Caucus released a statement regarding the passing of Rep. Linda Johnson. “Rep. Johnson’s career was one marked by significant achievements and accomplishments that impacted every North Carolinian, but what she was most proud of was the work she did to improve the lives of her…

Last week, the North Carolina Department of Commerce released their jobs figures for the 2019 jobs cycle. The results confirm what we already know: The Republican-led reforms of our business climate are working. From December 2018 – December 2019, the number of employed North Carolinians increased by 137,509. The unemployment rate held strong at 3.7%,…

The state House of Representatives approved legislation on Tuesday to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to children of wartime veterans attending a higher education institution in North Carolina. Senate Bill 560 Scholarships for Children of Wartime Veterans provides $2.4 million in additional, annually recurring funds for room and tuition expenses to students receiving a…

Though North Carolina has passed 18 states in national teacher pay rankings since 2014 after five consecutive raises from the Republican-led General Assembly that produced the third-fastest rising educator salaries in the nation, Gov. Cooper announced Friday he would block additional take-home pay increases for public school teachers. Teachers have received a nearly 20% salary…