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Application Period for 2018 Class Open Through January 31; Scholarships Available Did you know that Harnett County is home to the largest water ski and wakeboard camp in the world? Or that Harnett County Public Utilities operates the largest surface water treatment plant on the Cape Fear River? Or that in 2013, Campbell University opened the first new medical school in North Carolina in more than three decades? Read more

House, Senate Elections Committee Chairs Respond to Governor’s Veto of Electoral Freedom Act

Raleigh, NC – Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), chairmen of their respective chambers’ elections committees, responded to Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017. Read more

Lewis Appointed to 2017 Interim Committees

Raleigh, NC - As the business of the long session at the North Carolina General Assembly winds down, interim committees will begin their business. Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) has been appointed to chair the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee and the Legislative Research Commission respectively, to serve as a voting member on the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations and Legislative Services Commission, and to advise the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government and the Revenue Laws Study Committee.  Read more

Rep. David Lewis Applauds New Grant Awarded for Dunn Project

Raleigh, NC: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) released the following quote after learning about the $55,000 grant awarded to the City of Dunn for the reuse of a building on Spring Branch Road: “The continued investment in the City of Dunn for projects that utilize standing buildings is a great way to create economic growth and opportunity in our community. I am thrilled that Dunn has secured this grant and look forward to the finished product that will result in almost a dozen new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in our area.” Award Info: City of Dunn (Harnett County): A $55,000 grant will support the reuse of a 51,900-square-foot building at 510 Spring Branch Road. Country Inn & Suites will open a 74-room hotel, creating 11 new jobs and investing $2,333,191 in the area. The Building Reuse Program provides grants to local governments in order to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand buildings occupied by existing North Carolina companies, and renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that will lead to the creation of new jobs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties and in rural Census tracts of Tier 3 counties. Read more

2017 Legislative Accomplishments


Cooper Undermines Local Elections Administration

Governor Roy Cooper and his continued lawsuits against bipartisan election governance are causing chaos in upcoming local elections, such as in Morehead City, North Carolina. After the General Assembly enacted legislation to end partisan gamesmanship in election administration by evenly dividing the statewide and local election boards between the two parties, Governor Cooper has filed multiple lawsuits seeking to keep total control over ethics, elections, and lobbying within his own Democratic Party. The Governor has refused to appoint any board members to the State Board of Elections, which means vacancies on county boards of election are unable to be filled. Many of those boards, including in Carteret County, are without a quorum and cannot hear elections complaints or properly administer local elections. Instead of relying on a relatively quick, local process that is supposed to prevent litigation, voters and candidates now must rely on a slow-moving and confusing process through the statewide Court of Appeals to seek relief.  __ Read more

Lewis Champions Foster Care Reform Passed in 2017 Session

Raleigh, NC– Legislative leaders passed HB 630 Child/Family Protection and Accountability Act ('Rylan's Law") this past session in an effort to reform and modernize North Carolina’s child welfare system by creating a regional oversight system for county DSS agencies, by providing the state with greater authority to hold counties accountable for child outcomes, and by bringing in a third-party to implement whole-scale child welfare practice and governance reform. This legislation passed the North Carolina House of Representatives on June 14, 2017 and signed into law on June 21.  Read more

New Energy Law to Protect Customers, Power Economy in North Carolin

  Raleigh, N.C. – Major revisions to North Carolina's energy rules became law on Thursday, modernizing state policy to protect ratepayers with competitive costs and encourage the continued development of renewable power sources.  Read more

Mercatus Ranks Fiscal Health of NC

In George Mason University’s Mercatus Center study, North Carolina moved up to 15th from 21st in the overall ranking for the fiscal health of the States. This is largely attributed to the improvement of both our immediate cash solvency and long run solvency. Cash solvency refers to whether a state has enough cash to cover its short-term costs such as short-term debt, warrants, and accounts payable. North Carolina has between 1.28 and 2.46 times the amount of money needed to cover its short term costs. This differs from long run solvency, which refers to a state’s ability to handle long term fiscal risks. Since 2013, North Carolina has decreased long term liabilities from 22% to 17%, putting NC’s per capita long term liabilities at more than four times lower than the national average.  Read more

Foster Care Reform Now a Reality

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislative leaders passed HB 630 Child/Family Protection and Accountability Act this past session in an effort toreform and modernize North Carolina’s child welfare system by creating a regional oversight system for county DSS agencies, by providing the state with greater authority to hold counties accountable for child outcomes, and by bringing in a third-party to implement whole-scale child welfare practice and governance reform. Read more


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