Becki Gray

Senior Vice President

Posts by Becki Gray (page 3)

  • Update on NC’s proposed Constitutional amendments

    As you recall, the General Assembly proposed six amendments to the state constitution be put before the voters in the upcoming November election, as authorized in our constitution.  Gov Roy Cooper (who is no stranger to suing the General Assembly) filed a lawsuit arguing that amendments 5 and 6 on…
    Becki Gray, August 27, 2018
  • Constitutional amendment re-write

    Following the three judge panel ruling that the General Assembly could either take the two amendments in question off the ballot or re-write them, the General Assembly is coming back tomorrow, with pencils sharpened, ready to re-write. Here are the two amendments that have been the subject of…
    Becki Gray, August 23, 2018
  • 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