HB 274 Street Gang Prevention Act was to be heard today in House Judiciary III. The bill was pulled by the sponsors and is slated for Thursday July 26th. NASW-NC will be there for the bill hearing.
NASW-NC will also participate in a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday July 25th regarding this important bill and why we must oppose it. The intent of this bill is admirable, however, the process by which the bill proceeds to address a serious issue in our state is misguided. Look for more in depth analysis of this bill in tomorrow's blog.
HB 1366 School Violence Prevention Act AKA "Bullying Bill" was to be heard today in Senate Judiciary II. The bill was pulled by the sponsors and will be heard Thursday July 26th. NASW-NC will be there for the bill hearing. This bill would set a benchmark for the public school system on the definition of bullying. It would also list enumerated classes of those who are particularly vulnerable to bullying. They include physical/sensory/cognitive disability, mental/emotional diagnoses, and sexual orientation and gender expression (real or perceived) to name a few. Look for more information on this bill in tomorrow's blog.