The pace at the General Assembly picked up this week with more committees meeting to consider and pass legislation. House and Senate members officially began the budget process with joint Appropriations Committee meetings throughout the week to get up to speed on state finances, recent budget changes, and possible budget pressures facing appropriators this biennium. On Monday the Senate sent the first bill of the session to the Governor's desk passing H39 Amend Appointments UNC Bd. of Governors. The Governor has yet to take action on the bill.
The NCACC is working on draft legislation to address a number of county goals as well as discussing goals with budgetary impacts with appropriations members. The NCACC and counties will be advocating for school capital revenue, transportation infrastructure, funding to support raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, and support for behavioral health improvements during this process.