Measure requires healthcare facilities to follow federal visitation guidelines, creates patient visitation rights

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate today passed Senate Bill 191, “The No Patient Left Alone Act,” which builds on last year’s efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities are following federal guidelines and allowing visitors even during a declared disaster or emergency. The Senate passed a previous version of the bill in 2020.

Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, legislators filed the bill in response to heartbreaking stories of loved ones being isolated and left alone in hospitals and nursing homes while undergoing serious…

Reforms addressing access, cost, and transparency to be voted on this afternoon

Measures continue Republican commitment to pro-consumer reforms to the health care system

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate will vote today on a trio of pro-consumer health care reform bills: Senate Bill 505, Senate Bill 462, and Senate Bill 228. Taken together, these bills fit into Senate Republicans’ long-term goals of improving access, lowering costs, and increasing transparency for consumers.

Senate Bill 505 (Sponsored by Sens. Joyce Krawiec, Jim Burgin, Jim Perry)

This bill requires healthcare facilities to notify patients if a provider within that facility is…

Despite ‘equity’ rhetoric, nearly every Democrat voted to keep a private education available only to the wealthy

A single mother making less than $56,400 would qualify for an Opportunity Scholarship

71% of voters in North Carolina support Opportunity Scholarships

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, nearly every Senate Democrat voted against giving lower-income families scholarships to attend the school that best fit their child’s educational needs, despite talk of “equity” and the fact some prominent opponents of Opportunity Scholarships sent their own children to private schools.

Senate Bill 671 empowers low- and middle-income parents to have a choice in where their child…

Bill would require sign-off from legislature to settle suits to which the legislature is a party

Last year, AG Stein and Dem Elections Director secretly negotiated and settled with Dem Party lawyer to change election laws after voting began

Legislators concerned the same behavior could happen again

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate today passed legislation to bar the type of “sue-and-settle” schemes that resulted in mid-election law changes last year. Sens. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus), Warren Daniel (R-Burke), and Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) sponsored the legislation, Senate Bill 360, “Prohibit Collusive Settlements by the Attorney General.” …

Measure would require Council of State concurrence with emergency declaration within 10 days and legislative approval within 45 days

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Sens. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Jim Burgin (R-Harnett), and Carl Ford (R-Rowan) to rein in Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency powers. The bill passed by a margin of 28–21.

The measure, Senate Bill 346, would require the Council of State to approve a governor’s emergency declaration within 10 days. If the Council of State does not approve, then the emergency declaration expires.

The Council of State is a group of 10…

Raleigh, N.C. — Sen. Danny Britt (R-Robeson), who co-chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding North Carolina’s body camera law:

“In 2016, 48 of 50 senators voted to update the state’s body camera laws by authorizing a judge to make the final decision on releasing footage. The goal was to remove politics from the decision-making process and to forestall the possibility of a law enforcement agency refusing to release video.

“Some, including legislators who voted to pass the 2016 law, have recently suggested changes to that process. …

Racist “othering” of African American former senator Joel Ford follows implication from “social justice” group that Ford can’t speak for himself and earned his position through a corrupt bargain

Raleigh, N.C. — The left-wing activist group DemocracyNC this week publicly applied a dehumanizing label to former Sen. Joel Ford, who is African American, for possessing a political opinion different from their own.

The left-wing group called former Sen. Ford a “prop” for sponsoring a 2018 voter ID bill.

The race-tinged accusation came just one day after the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) attempted to smear former Sen. Ford by…

“The cumulative decisions of a free people create more wealth, opportunity, and progress than any government bureaucracy or central planning could ever achieve”

Raleigh, N.C. — The News & Observer today published an op-ed from Senate Leader Phil Berger. Below are excerpts. Read the full op-ed here.

A column in the News & Observer recently questioned whether North Carolina Republicans possess a governing philosophy.

The Republican philosophy for North Carolina is apparent to any mildly informed observer not predisposed to blind partisanship. After all, we’ve adhered to it for more than a decade.

Our governance is built on the premise…

Legislation requires notification of out-of-network providers at in-network healthcare facilities

Raleigh, N.C. — Today the Senate Health Care Committee approved Senate Bill 505, “Medical Billing Transparency.” The bill seeks to provide patients with more information about healthcare providers, in an effort to prevent the patient from receiving a surprise bill after the fact.

The legislation requires a healthcare facility to notify a patient of any out-of-network provider who will be providing care to them and the estimated cost of services.

“In an emergency, the last thing on someone’s mind should be whether or not the anesthesiologist preparing them for surgery…

Legislation follows secret settlement between AG Stein, Dem Elections Director and Dem Party lawyer changing election laws after voting began

Raleigh, N.C. — Today the Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee approved Senate Bill 360, which would require legislative leaders to sign off on any deal settling a lawsuit to which the legislature is a party.

The chairmen of the committee, Sens. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus), Warren Daniel (R-Burke), and Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), sponsored the bill.

The legislation comes on the heels of the Executive Director of the Democratic Party-controlled N.C. State Board of Elections, Karen Brinson Bell, and Democratic Attorney General…

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