Good Legislation Ignored

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Bill Number Summary Area of Interest
HB 725

Raises the age for criminal prosecution for misdemeanors as an adult to age 18.

Civil Rights
HB 722

Prohibits the death penalty for anyone who has a "severe mental disability" when they commit the crime.

Civil Rights
HB 208

"Ban the Box" for all Employers. Would prevent employment applications from including question about prior convictions.

Criminal Justice
HB 915

Enables greater access to driver’s licenses, including undocumented immigrants, by removing the legal presence requirement and adding to the acceptable documents for the application process: valid documentation issued by or under the authority of the United States government that demonstrates the applicant's lawful presence in the US; an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN); or a US or foreign passport.

Immigrant and Refugee rights
HB 904

Allows certain immigrant youth to receive in-state tuition at UNC system schools and NC Community Colleges. Students must be otherwise eligible for admission, have received a high school diploma from a secondary or high school (or GED) within NC or attended NC schools for a minimum of two consecutive years immediately prior to high school graduation. Under this bill, students would file an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating an application to legalize his or her immigration status has been filed or that an application will be filed as soon as he or she is eligible to do so, and information obtained in application process will be confidential and not a public record.

Immigrant and Refugee rights

Extends the sunset for the state EITC.

Fiscal Policy: Taxes and Budgeting
HB 906

Right to a Safe Workplace. Would improve workplace safety by requiring anyone bidding on a public construction contract to be pre-qualified based on their compliance with occupational and safety and health laws.

Workers' Rights
HB 873

Expands the role of the State Board of Community Colleges and increases the collaboration among state agencies in delivering services to assist unemployed individuals to re-enter the work force.

Workers' Rights
HB 826

Makes it easier for workers to bring complaints when employers cheat them out of wages and would hold unscrupulous employers accountable through increased penalties.

Workers' Rights
HB 815

Protects potential workers from not being hired because of their credit history.

Workers' Rights
HB 737

Protects workers from being turned down for employment because they are unemployed – instead they should be evaluated based on experience, skills and ability to do the job.

Workers' Rights
HB 603

Requires that women and men be paid the same wages for the same work. A recent study showed women in our state are more likely than men to work in managerial and professional occupations and have higher levels of education than men but are still paid less.

Workers' Rights

Right to be Free from Discrimination. These bills would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protections from discrimination.

Workers' Rights
HB 425

Right to a Second Chance. Creates a "ban-the-box" policy for public employment, delaying a criminal record request until a conditional job offer is made in order to ensure an applicant’s criminal record is only one consideration in hiring. The successful reentry into society of those with a criminal record is crucial for community safety and state resources, and for those who have already paid their dept. Every type of criminal record – from dismissed charges to felony convictions – triggers a multitude of civil and social disabilities.

Workers' Rights
HB 707

Family Farms/Child Labor Amendment. This bill bars the use of child labor as farm workers below the age of 14 with the exception of work performed on a family-owned farm.

Workers' Rights
SB 662

Labor/Farmworkers Health and Safety Amendments.

Bill includes several basic provisions which come from the Harvest of Dignity Campaign.

Requires in migrant labor housing:

  • 1) locks on all exterior doors and keys to workers for their sleeping area and any common areas,
  • 2) locks on exterior windows,
  • 3) a migrant is allowed to receive visitors for lawful purposes,
  • 4) each migrant shall be provided an individual lockable storage locker that is affixed to the structure of the housing,
  • 5) migrants shall have access to laundry facilities and detergent,
  • 6) clarifies that the grower/owner is responsible for all maintenance of the housing and grounds, and
  • 7) there shall be one shower head for every 10 migrant workers housed.

    Requires the NC Department of Labor to establish procedures to go after the worst violators of the migrant housing standards and to do enforcement with bilingual personnel to the extent practicable.

Workers' Rights

Living Wage. The bills would adjust the minimum wage based on increase in the cost of living. This would be an important first step in making sure that hard work pays off and ensuring that workers earn enough to fuel job and economic growth in their local communities.

Workers' Rights

Require workers to receive paid sick leave days. For many workers, they cannot afford to lose a day’s pay. Taking a child to a doctor’s appointment or recovering from illness shouldn’t put a worker’s job or a family’s economic security at risk.

Workers' Rights