The North Carolina General Assembly has nearly completed its 2021-2022 session, during which 267 bills have become law.
With the certification of North Carolina’s 2022 election results expected on Nov. 29, preparations for the 2023-2024 legislative session are underway.
One of the most significant bills to pass the legislature in 2022 was House Bill 103, also known as the 2022 Appropriations Act.
Signed into law on July 11, the act outlined government spending in North Carolina for the next fiscal year. Politicians from both sides of the aisle supported the bill — the House voted 82-25 in favor, and the Senate voted 36-8.
“I think we had good bipartisan work going through the process,” said Sen. Kevin Corbin (R-Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain). “We tried to hear all the voices out there and fund the things that the budget allowed us to do.”
Corbin said some of the bill’s most significant measures included permanent monetary supplements for certain teachers and employees of public schools, as well as increased funding for the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology grant program, which funds broadband deployment in rural areas of the state.
Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) said that, though the bill made progress on pre-K education and land conservation, she voted against it for several reasons — such as a provision that grants nearly $2.6 million to 10 crisis pregnancy centers across the state.
Harrison said in an email that this measure would ultimately work to restrict women’s reproductive choices.