The Orange County Board of Commissioners discussed commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965, decriminalizing marijuana and the county's response to COVID-19 at a Tuesday meeting.
The North Carolina General Assembly goes back into session on Sept. 2, which would be the first time either the House or Senate have convened since July 11. But the House Select Committee on COVID-19 has restarted meetings to discuss the legislature’s approach to the newest wave of coronavirus-related issues.
“I know we’re in the South, and we like to keep things nice,” Council Member Sammy Slade said, “but sometimes we have to be real, and we have to be truthful and we have to speak out.”
The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice has recommended a ban on chokeholds, a mandate to intervene and report excessive uses of force and that judges consider a defendant's ability to pay before implementing a fine or fee.
William C. McKinney, general counsel for the office of Gov. Roy Cooper, mailed a letter in response to an attorney who petitioned him representing activists in favor of reopening the state. "Outdoor protests are allowed so long as the space occupied by the protesters is not enclosed (i.e. within walls) and so long as the protesters maintain the Social Distancing Requirement," McKinney said in the letter.
As with many other things, COVID-19 has disrupted the ability for lawmakers to convene to discuss and debate upcoming bills and other proceedings. While many hope to return to in-person gatherings, for the time being they proceed with remote calls and meetings.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in two Orange County long-term care facilities. As Gov. Cooper has mandated new measures to help with outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state, here's how Orange County officials are also working to combat these outbreaks.
The money for these projects, among others, would come from the new Climate Action Tax that the commissioners approved as part of the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. It is estimated that the additional quarter-cent property tax will generate approximately $469,272 in revenue for the county to use for climate mitigation projects.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that states would be able to bypass federal standardized testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year due to complications imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Board of Orange County Commissioners met Tuesday to approve a program providing financial support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
William Sturkey, an assistant history professor at UNC, gives a talk about the history of race at UNC and the University's failures to reconcile it. The talk was at Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.