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The North Carolina General Assembly is close to adjourning the long session, having passed a nearly 1,000-page budget bill now sent to the governor. Gov. Cooper will either sign or veto the bill, but even if he uses his veto stamp, House and Senate leaders have stated that they will override his veto with GOP supermajorities in both chambers. For a one-page summary of the final budget bill’s major provisions, please click here.
Also, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 5 (Police Jurisdiction bill), which would allow (but not force) the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to contract with police in each of the municipalities within the County to police the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) in each of their respective towns. Again, this bill is now law.A separate but somewhat related bill is poised for passage today as the House considers Senate Bill 6 (Cornelius Annexation). This bill would annex 90 parcels of land – a good majority of that which is left in Cornelius’s ETJ – into the town of Cornelius.
Lawmakers have long said that they hope to adjourn by the Fourth of July and comments from the Speaker of the House suggest that they may very well meet this goal. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said that he plans to adjourn by July 1, which will mean long legislative days from here until adjournment, including a possible working weekend leading up to the Fourth of July.
For more information, contact Legislative Affairs Liaison Jonathan Sink at 980-314-2884 or Jonathan.Sink@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. New Equity and Inclusion Manager for Mecklenburg County
I am pleased to announce that Phin Xaypangna is joining the County Manager’s Office as the Equity and Inclusion Manager beginning July 1.
Phin, who currently works for Human Resources, will work with the Mecklenburg County Diversity Council to bring a strategic approach to our equity and inclusion efforts. The Council is already working on a diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan to present to the Board this fall. Phin will implement Phase One of the Equity Plan, which will include an assessment of the County’s equity opportunities and challenges, training for key County staff, and the development of an Equity Action Plan.
Phin joined the County more than 12 years ago as the County’s Diversity Manager, and has served in many different roles since then. She has 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion efforts, organizational development, workforce/succession planning, leadership development, facilitation, and strategic planning.
I reported to the Board last September that we would look at the County’s operations, policies and procedures to ensure equal access to services by every resident who needs them.
The creation of this position is a key step toward advancing this work. CSE Amnesty Week Generates Big Numbers
It has been a busy month for our office of Child Support Enforcement. Two weeks ago, CSE sponsored another 2nd chance amnesty week, which encourages non-custodial parents to come in and discuss their case without the fear of being arrested.
For the week of June 12-17, 283 people visited the office, making 81 payments for a total of $19,881 in past-due child support. I want to thank the entire CSE staff for their hard work and great results during this year’s annual amnesty event.
For more information about our 2nd Chance Week, contact Keisha Williams at 980-314-8709 or Keisha.Williams@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.