Becki Gray

Senior Vice President
Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other decision makers involved in the state public-policy process.

Gray taps her experience in the legal field, at the North Carolina General Assembly and as a lobbyist in the private sector as well as the full resources and staff of JLF to fulfill requests for information and analysis from policymakers.

She offers commentary on television and radio shows across North Carolina and is a regular panelist on NCSpin. Gray writes a monthly column for Carolina Journal and her op-eds have been published in newspapers across the state. She frequently speaks to civic and political groups about public policy and legislative issues.

She earned an Art degree at Queens College in Charlotte, a Paralegal Certificate from Meredith College and has completed graduate work at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro.

Gray is a member of the first class of the John Locke Foundation’s E.A. Morris Fellows, a statewide leadership program. She serves on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

Posts by Becki Gray (page 1)

  • Constitutional amendments on the ballot in November

    One of the last legislative actions of the 2018 short session were proposed amendments to the NC Constitution.  The General Assembly cannot make changes; the state constitution does not allow that. But what they can do is put before the voters proposed amendments and by referendum, the voters make that…
    Becki Gray, June 29, 2018
  • Why, how, what and who of the vetoes

    Why?  Because our State Constitution says so: Article II, Sec. 22.  Action on bills. (1)              Bills subject to veto by Governor; override of veto.  Except as provided by subsections (2) through (6) of this section, all bills shall be read three times in each house and shall be signed by…
    Becki Gray, June 26, 2018
  • Too many laws in too many places with too much confusion. Let’s start with a list.

    House Bill 379, sponsored by Senator Andy Wells and Representative Dennis Riddell has passed the Senate unanimously and is now in the House.. It will be heard in the House Judiciary I Committee today and if approved, will go to the House for a final concurrence vote. The proposal would…
    Becki Gray, June 13, 2018
  • Free speech is a big deal and regulating it on the internet is a big, big deal

    The House of Representatives is considering HB 1065, Digital Communication in Elections.  The bill was heard yesterday in the House Elections and Ethics Committee. Committee members had many questions, agreed the whole issue and details of implementation are confusing. As Rep Michael Speciale said, social media has unique qualities…
    Becki Gray, June 13, 2018
  • NCGA taking action on school safety – a short session priority

    In addition to the 2018-19 state budget, school safety is a top priority for the 2018 short session. At the conclusion of the long session, Speaker Tim Moore established a House Select Committee on School Safety  comprised of forty members. They were charged with examining the current safety standards…
    Becki Gray, May 22, 2018
  • 2018-19 State Budget: off to a good start

    For the first time in recent memory, the General Assembly is well underway in putting together the state budget before session has even started.  For fiscal conservatives, anyone interested in sound budget management and taxpayers, this is good news. Legislative leaders started the budget process by establishing, based on actual…
    Becki Gray, May 8, 2018
  • Zinke, exploration, and gas funds

    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is coming to North Carolina to meet with Roy Cooper tomorrow morning after meeting with South Carolina Governor McMaster this afternoon. WRAL reports: Both McMaster and Cooper are seeking exemptions from the Trump administration’s proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling…
    Becki Gray, February 2, 2018
  • Judicial Redistricting and Reform talks continue. Still need to get it right.

    The Joint Legislative Committee on Judicial Redistricting and Reform met for the second time yesterday.  For a large part of the meeting, they heard Administrative Office of the Courts’ reports on work load in judicial districts, how long do certain cases take, what kind of cases are heard…
    Becki Gray, January 23, 2018