Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Quick Hits: Hot Policy Topics for This Week

The budget will be on the minds of all of our advocates and elected officials as we start off this week.

So let's get to it!  Today Monday, June 23rd the Health and Human Services conferees will meet in room 643 LOB to hash out the differences in the money report and the special provisions. 

Here is a quick look at the rest of the week:

Monday, June 23rd
5:00pm  House Education Committee
HB 388: Tax Credit for Children with Special Needs.
This bill would provide a tax credit to families of children with special needs who have had to place their children in private school or are homeschooling their children.  To qualify the child must have been enrolled for a year in the public school system and have an IEP.  There is no income eligibility requirement for this tax credit.  Last year 4,050 students with disabilities dropped out of high school, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Tuesday, June 24th
Several bills of interest today.  
10:00am House Judiciary 1   Room 1228
Senate Bill 1860 Amend Child Abuse/Child Fatality Task Force.  This bill passed the Senate and will now be taken up by the House. This will increase the penalties for knowingly and willingly harming a child.

10:00am Senate Judiciary 1  Room 1027
Senate Bill 2063 Jessica's Law/GPS Monitoring
This is the second bill to address the issue of child endangerment and sex offender registry.

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