Comprehensive School Safety Initiatives, Investments Announced by Legislators

Raleigh, N.C. – Lawmakers announced the state budget would include tens of millions of dollars for school safety initiatives on Thursday as part of a comprehensive plan to invest in protecting students in North Carolina classrooms. View on The recommendations provide more mental health opportunities for students, better preparation for threats and more resource officers in school systems across the state. Read more

School Safety Committee Cements Comprehensive Recommendations Ahead of Short Session

Raleigh, NC: Today, the House Select Committee on School Safety adopted final recommendations developed by the Mental Health Working Group and the Physical Safety Working Group. Support for the proposal was widely bi-partisan and praised from across the political spectrum for its inclusion of member ideas and work in the policy areas of health and human services, justice and public safety, and education. Read more

School Safety Committee Agenda Includes Students, State Bureau of Investigation, Center for Safer Schools

Raleigh, N.C. – The first meeting of the state House Select Committee on School Safety will include presentations from students, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Center for Safer Schools, according to a tentative agenda released by the committee’s chairs Monday.   Read more

School Safety Committee Announces First Meeting

Raleigh, N.C. – The chairmen of the state House Select Committee on School Safety have announced the committee’s first meeting is planned for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:00 am in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.  The committee plans to meet until noon, break for a two-hour lunch and resume at 2 p.m.  View on North Carolina House Reps. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and John Torbett (R-Gaston), co-chairs of the state House Select Committee on School Safety, released a joint statement: Read more

Want to Get More Involved in Your Community? Apply for Leadership Harnett!

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

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