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House | May 4, 2016 | Press Room | Press Conference: Rep Meyer

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] >> No, no sir. I'm representative Mayes/g >> Oh yeah. That's right. >> [LAUGH] >> [INAUDIBLE] >> [LAUGH] >> She's a future teacher. [INAUDIBLE] How are you? >> How are you doing. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Nothing [INAUDIBLE] >> I know right [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] >> Thank you. You say that about [UNKNOWN] >> Sure did. >> [LAUGH] >> [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] All right. Good morning. Thank you for coming. I'm State Representative Greg Meyer. I represent Orange and Durham Counties. I'm a former public school employee, and I'm happy to introduce House 1031. House Bill 1031 is a North Carolina teacher help fund. It would help educators with loan payments. House Bill 1031 appropriates $38.5 million of North Carolina lottery funds to be used in Outstanding students loan for North Carolina's public school teachers. Public school teachers would be eligible for receiving up to $10000 in student loan forgiveness under this fund. We had a lottery wind fall from the power ball Jackpot in January and $38.5 million Dollars appropriated by these bill is equivalent to the amount that came from that wind fall which is not already budgeted by the General Assembly because that funding will be non-recurring. We were looking for a way that we could support North Carolina public schools with a one time cash infusion and we'd like the windfall from a lottery process to be a jackpot from North Carolina teachers. More than 3800 teachers will be eligible for this loan forgiveness. Public school teachers and charter school teachers would be eligible. All teachers who would receive receive this funding would committee to at least spending at least four additional years in the classroom. I think at this point I'm gonna turn over to some of my colleagues t talk about why they are supporting join me in sponsoring this bill. And we'll take questions in a few moment. And we'll start with Representative [INAUDIBLE] from Winston Salem. >> Thank you good morning happy to be here as a former school teacher and North Carolina teacher scholar and the son of educators I'm always happy to stand with my colleagues in the general assembly when it comes to supporting our teachers.

We stand before you again today this morning as democrats progressive to business models to justice [INAUDIBLE] and we pose a simple question to this state and to our leadership upstairs and that is why can't we Why can't we? Is a question that I ask many times and one that I ask a lot during my first primary run in 2012. And now approaching forth full year in this building I've come to realize there's absolutely nothing that this assembly can't do if we Want to do it. So I ask why can't we take care of our essential personnel. And I think that's what this bill tries to do. Our essential personnel a portion of whom are our public school teachers, they are part of our nations foundation. They're are the rock of many of our childrens lives. They are often the bridge over the stormy seas that befall many of our brightest public school teachers. I think my colleagues and I today presented you a bill where we can take care of these teachers. Once again January Record powerball windfall of $38.5 million came as a result of increased attention to the jackpot as it grew up close to a billion dollars. We came up with 38.5 million, and so that revenue is not included in our existing budget but does have to be spent this year. And this bill would put that windfall into the pockets of our teachers. Our public school teachers are being financially squeezed at every turn. So while we are working on raises, and we try to do that over the last few years. Frankly the raise is simply not coming fast enough. Our teachers and our families need relief and they need it right now. So as a member of the lottery committee, I become aware of the windfall and immediately reached out to Representative Marge to discuss the possibilities, and we both really felt like, as we looked at this bill, what better way to utilize these funds than to support our essential personnel who work with our children every single day. And so as we stand here today and as we get this message out across the state, we come right back to this central question, and that's why can't we use these funds to help ease the burden on these public servants? Why can't use it as an opportunity to unite our state behind what is good, what is right, and that is supporting our teachers? Why can't we take a chance of bringing a diverse group, a diverse party politic, to the table and ignore this national, political, petulance that we see everyday that puts us against each other and keep us from doing the right thing, so ignoring the plight of our teachers, as far as I'm concerned, is no different than not going to the dentist your entire life. You won't notice that cavity until you feel the pain, and our teachers are feeling the pain right now. We are going to feel the pain We believe right now that we have something that we can do to help our teachers and that is to pass and have you support HB 1031. Thank you. >> [COUGH] >> Good morning, my name is Bobby Richardson and I represent District seven of the North Carolina General Assembly, which include territories in Nash County and Franklin County. And I too stand with Representatives Meyer, Hanes and Salmon to sponsor Bill 1031. Thank you. That when it when it's passed will allocate funds support forgiveness of student loans. I believe in our teachers so much that I agree to sponsor HB 1031. Teachers are North Carolina's greatest resources. They turn the key everyday to unlock the talent and ignite the creativity of our state's future leaders. Teachers give of their knowledge, skill set, time, energy and finance to a greater degree than any other employee in our state. Teachers wear many hats and are many things to many students. If North Carolina was a brand, I believe that showing Unwavering support and respect for our teachers, would put North Carolina on the map for economic development. I believe that CEOs are looking for a great school district and a great workforce when they begin to Research areas to bring their companies to. North Carolina could be that economic engine if only we would support

and bring our teachers up to standards and treat them as professionals. If North Carolina General Assembly would use some of the lottery surplus to forgive teachers student loans, we would show a commitment to our educators that would pay dividend in the future. And when we began to talk about what kind of dollars we're looking at, I talked to an UNC system and they gave me a hurried Research but it said that the average four year teacher degree ends up with about $22, 997 in student loan. And that is about 1,341 students that receive a bachelor's degree that That borrows money. So we're not talking about a huge sum of money, but we're talking about lifting our teachers up and also putting our state on the cutting edge of attractions to other companies when they're beginning to look for places to relocate their businesses. Thank you. >> Good morning, my name is Brad Salmon. I represent 51st District, which is most of Lee County and a little bit of Harnett County. This is just important legislation. This takes a very strong proactive step to show teachers that we're engaged and we care. I think that it is imperative that we have excellent Teachers in the classroom and I think this will go a long way to help show our commitment and to help alleviate some of the debt loan burden and perhaps attract better, more qualified folks to want to step up and be in the classroom. Thank you all for being here this morning. >> I wanna make two additional points. One This type of loan forgiveness is targeted directly at the young teachers who are most likely to leave our profession because of North Carolina 's lagging pay. We'll be an immediate shut in the arm to help keep someone who's trying to make a tough economic decision about whether or not to stay in North Carolina and Have her stay in the teaching profession or raising a family. This could be something that keeps teachers in the schools this year. Second thing I'd like to point out is that the governor's budget proposes using the same $39 million,, his is 39 ours is 38 and a half. Governor's budget proposes using the same lottery funding funding for text books and digital resources. That will be a precedence for lottery funding because it will be paying for supplies that we usually pay for out of the general fund. This fund is more in line with traditional uses of lottery funding to supplement educational funding rather than we'd be happy to take questions. >> [INAUDIBLE] >> Understanding what you said about supplementing versus supplanting yesterday the message that we got was there's not enough money being supplied for text books and resources and classroom materials and why not? Put this money in distribute and let them pay With the funding that they say they haven't been getting for those supplies. >> The general assembly should leave up to it's obligation to pay for supplies with general fund money. When the North Carolina lottery was introduced North Carolinians were promised that what they spent on the lottery would supplement education funding. That it wouldn't replace existing funding funding and at that time we were paying for text books and digital supplies with general funding. The governors budget is an admission that the lottery is no longer a supplement education funding it's just that it's just another revenue stream that we look at trying to figure out how help pay for schools. have you talked to anybody in the house of senate leadership, any committee Chairs is it going to get any traction from the other side/? I have talked to the house appropriation Chairs about this bill. They have some things that they they were working on already this is an idea that I think there only beginning to explore. I think Representative Haines/g do you want to speak on that anymore I know you've had a few conversations? >> Yeah we believe that this is an idea that is worth considering and if our chambers leaders are serious about taking any good idea from no matter where it comes then we'll welcome we would welcome the chance to talk with them further about this bill. Anybody else? So if you wanna speak to school educator this bill would help. We have somebody who is supposed to be here. She got stuck in in traffic jam in I40 was closed she may be any minute now. But to happy to give you her contact information if anybody wants

to follow up with her. And I think we have specific press release with a little more information that Maggy/g has if anybody wants anything else written down. Thanks everyone. [BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK-AUDIO] BLANK-AUDIO] BLANK-AUDIO] BLANK-AUDIO] [BLANK-AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] [NOISE]

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>> Without the bill no. In the public school system it doesn't pay as much. school loans and my personal effects [INAUDIBLE] >> How overwhelming does it feel when you stay that 70,000 number? >> Very overwhelming I dint calculate it until I spoke with the Mr. Mayer yesterday I said oh $70,000 so it was very over whelming to hear myself say that. [BLANK_AUDIO] I think that's all I need . >> And maybe Maggie as well. >> Yeah come on. [BLANK_AUDIO] Thank you very much. >> We'll pretend like we are presenting to into the cameras right their [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] All right Maggie do you want one? >> Sure. >> [INAUDIBLE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] Awesome [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Do you mind going one more time I just- >> [INAUDIBLE]. >> Okay sorry. [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] of course [BLANK_AUDIO] much better. >> Okay, Do you know [INAUDIBLE] stay? >> Yeah. >> Now that you are here, I want you to stay for a little while. >> [INAUDIBLE]. >> So glad you made it and thanks for jumping up [INAUDIBLE] good for you. >> [INAUDIBLE] Miss [INAUDIBLE] she is [INAUDIBLE] Okay. [NOISE] [NOISE] >> [LAUGH] You happen to watch. [INAUDIBLE] >> Absolutely this is a piece of equipment if you don't wanna use it let's not use it at all. That's what I will tell them. Exactly a lot of headaches. >> Thank you. [NOISE] [NOISE] [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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[NOISE] [NOISE] [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] Good morning, my name is is Tyler Romano and I'm president of North Carolina women united. We're a coalition of organizations and individuals across the state working for the full social, political and economic equality for all women in North Carolina. When the 2015 legislative long session began last January. We created a policy of gender containing 35 goals that would benefit and their families across the state recognizing that North Carolina women live complex lives and fulfill most diverse roles in our society, we created a policy to adjust male sexual bias to full equality that women here face. Barriers that many times are based on racist and sexist beliefs that have little ground in reality. Unfortunately, 22 of this 35 policy goals we see most received a failing grade as we look back on this 2015 session. With nearly one in five North Carolina women still living in poverty, and almost half of working North Carolina women serving as their family's primary bread winner. Guarantees of a living wage, paid six days, anti pregnancy discrimination and equal pay for equal work are critical policy corrections to persistent discriminatory employment practices. Our law maker however failed not only to practically pass thee policies but also pass bills further entrenching this harmful practices. More than one in five North Carolina women between the ages of 18 and 64 lacking access to health insurance and quality healthcare, so policies to expand Medicaid, strengthen health education, and family plan services, build healthy environment for families are needed to counter our pay system as more and more set up to treat optimal health as the commodity that only the wealthy can afford. Instead law makers again shows ideology of a medical science about access to quality healthcare as punishment for those they believed weren't working hard enough. As of the of the cycle of poor health in the state when nearly half of the workers have no access access to paid sick days has nothing to do with why so many struggle to find good jobs. With women consistently voting in higher numbers in men it is impacted by recently eliminated, or reduce volume protections, we need but did not get by part and policies to restore access to the [INAUDIBLE] and our faith in the transparency of our elections. And with women, strictly women of color, immigrant women for women in clear women, still facing discrimination in public life. We need public policies to help kind of like the sexist, racist and homophobic attitude that are still too prevalent in our society, our law makers instead double down on this attitudes. The clubs like the anti immigrant hospital 318, the magistrate marriage refusal law and they've recently passed house bill two. Which not only bluntly discriminates against the LGBTQ community but also cuts up access to the full range of legal remedies for any employment discrimination. It's not yet politically acceptable to admit that some just wanna punish women for making decisions they don't like. So we've again heard retrics/g that these laws are for the protection of women. As of second guessing of private health decisions and forcing them passing them into dangerous economic situations makes women safer. We also have a section nine a [INAUDIBLE] assessing policy that attempts to combat the domestic and sexual violence many women face as part of their daily lives. And while we did see some positive policies decisions made in this area, it was mixed with some bad policy choices. In particular we saw policies that's that short of applying the needed safety protection to everyone. While this added protections are necessary it will take more than [INAUDIBLE AUDIO] statute language safety for the many women being forced to live more and more on the margins of our society by this aggressive, and harmful economic heath care and civil right policies. Just as it has become the the only state to eliminate the state earned income tax credit in 2013. North Carolina is now one of only four states who require 72 hour waiting period to obtain an abortion.

Unlike it become ground zero on the struggle for voting rights with the passage of the 2013 election mall. North Carolina is now being called out nationally and shamed one of the most egregious assault on the right of LGBTQ citizens. We are finding it hard to believe that this is the state whether we can grow strong as our state motto boast. North Carolina women deserve policies that are just the realities of our diverse and complex lives. Now policy is based on myths, stereotypes victim blaming, and harmful [INAUDIBLE]. We urge our law makers to take this realities and complexities into account as they debate policy this session, and diverse courses as they can thank you. I'm gonna introduce Representative [INAUDIBLE] thank you. Thank you. >> Good morning. As a law maker we have to do a lot to encourage participation and equality to all of our citizens. in stead of encouraging participation and equality, we continue to enact legislation that limits them. For example for fairness in election we should establish an independent redistricting committee that would draw all district boundary and establish a non-partisan. redistricting process. The voter should be able to choose their representatives rather than the party in charge choosing the voter. We need to revisit the Voter Rights Act. We need to look for ways to encourage voter participation. We need to get rid of suppressive language in the bill, we need to restore pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds. And implement and align voter registration opportunity. As you know, women make up the majority of our voting population and this certainly would put us on a participatory and an equal basis. In addition to that , we have to look at how we can push for the ratification of the equal rights amendment. Which will further guarantee women equal rights. We need equal pay for a job the same job, we need medical leave and we need increased minimum wages. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Thank you I'm Representative Yvonne Holly North Carolina House District 38 which is here in Rayleigh and I don't t wanna repeat what has already been said. But I just wanna say every bill we do up here affects women. We're not here just for the domestic violence issues, but we're also here for the economic development issues that affect our households. We are part of this process and as a woman legislature, I fight that battle everyday. We have to be present in the system, we have to pass an equal pay act, we have to append our family financial security with jobs. We talk about jobs but we need jobs for women that pay because we have a lot of women who are head of households and if if you feed and you help a woman, you help a family. So it's a ripple effect there, we need to reinstate things like the earn income tax credit. Which was so valuable and not a lot of money for us to do and we need to get past the doubling down against certain people in the ideology. And we can't do this without women's input and we need women to rally the day and recognize we're part of all of this process, not just the one on the so called women issues, but on all of these issues and we need to work as hard to fight that. Now I'm gonna let the senator [BLANK_AUDIO] > Senator Floyd McKissick the 20th senatorial district. It's almost difficult to imagine for me that year 2016, that should even be any debate whatsoever as to why the women are entitled to equal right. I mean the fact that we We filled a bill last year that would have put before North Carolinians, and put before our general assembly the opportunity to basically ratify the equal rights members of the US Constitution. But we could actually go further, we could do something here, right in our state because you should never deprive any of our citizens of equal rights and equal opportunities. The saying that we know is that women on average earn about 80 cents and a dollar, where every dollar remains earns/g And what do we all so know that since the 1960s, the number of single family households which are basically households for most part where women are the ones that are there caring the weight and the responsibilities. They have more than tripped and what do we know that for ladies

that are under 30 years of age right now approximately 46% of them are having children without being married. And when you compound that with making 80 cents and a dollar That deprives, those children of equal rights and opportunities. It deprives them of equal access. That's something that we should never sanction, that's something we should never be a part of and then we look at our Department of Health and Human Services and we see the cal-care subsidies are being reduced to the many people that qualify for them before not receiving them. We understand it's a policy not to expand medicaid, which has impacted over 300,000 North Carolinians and many are those single family households would be impacted by. As mentioned earlier that earned income tax credit, something that was incredibly important for low wealth individuals and for those who are head of household frequently that were not getting any help. They might not have had tax liability, but they certainly pay taxes in. Now they're being deprived that addition help that they could be provided. And when we think about issues such as, abortion rights, that That right that we have that is protected. Protected by our supreme court, protected in terms of it's own privacy that is understood to be constitutionally protected. We should never create barriers. Never create obstacles that allows anyone to exercise that privilege in her good conscious. But yet this general assembly in recent years, has created barrier after barrier, many of which has been torn down by the courts and a blatant disregard and disrespect for united states supreme courts, the president but more importantly disrespecting the privacy of women to make those decisions. HB2 the latest things tos come, it wasn't just about what happens with bathrooms, it's about a bill that is prohibited local governments in our state from now having policy that eliminates discrimination within their boundaries, and those discrimination cases can be based upon gender discrimination. And to eliminate an avenue in our state court system for people to file remedies that's wrong. The blatant disregard and disrespect for women has occurred over the last couple of sessions in this general assembly going back to 2010, is something that we should all be deeply concerned about, but more importantly I stand here speaking as a man who had three sisters I speak as a man who had a mother, and I speak as a man who has a daughter. And I know it's morally wrong and reprehensible that we do not side the courageous and correct path to protect the rights and the liberties and opportunities and potentials for all of our citizens. Because our women should be respected, should be regarded but most importantly should be equal in each and every respect. >> [APPLAUSE] Good morning, I'm Fridah Banta/g Diaz and I'm a proud member of momsrising.org. We have over a million members across the country, and over 40,000 right here in North Carolina, and all 100 counties of the state. Moms Rising members know how important it is to have lawmakers who understand the important role the public policies play in our families lives. This is why we are apart of North Carolina women united, so we can encourage our elective leaders to support policies to improve the health and economic security of women and children in our state and hold them accountable if they don't. I'm existed to be here today to represent Mum's Rising at these release of the North Carolina women's united. Legislative report card. But I'm just heartened that once again our legislators aren't making the grade when it comes to passing policies which would advance and improve the lives of women and workers across the state. In the last few years our legislators have really fallen down on the job when it comes to legislation that would strengthen families and communities. Economic stability. State legislators refused to expand medicaid which would have provided health insurance to thousands of low incomes parents, and bought for billions of dollars into our communities. And the majority continues to fight against policies like increasing the minimum wage. Paid sick day and paid family leave which are crucial. To family's economic security. Lawmakers have also fallen short on policies which would ensure all residents of our state are treated equally with the respect

and dignity they deserve. And have passed laws which actually decrease civic participation with the new voter ID law, which has been mentioned and by cutting the early voting and eliminating and divert legislation. Today Moms Rising members call on our state law makers to expand access to help care for low income earning short adults like closing the Medicaid coverage gap. To show families the economic security through higher minimum wage, safe sick days and pay family leave and incentives that earned income tax credit. And top stand against discriminatory and diverse policies like house fill/g two, religious refusal and anti immigrant laws that foster an in hospitable environment for the diversity of families who call our state home. We must be safe, it just doesn't pay lip service family values but the truly values all families thank you. >> [APPRAISE] >> Good morning my name is Gloria Delasantos/g I am director fraction NC here in Durham North Carolina, and the statewide director for the [INAUDIBLE] families here in North Carolina. We have a large probe of women here that would like to address issues around reproductive justice. reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, social and economic well being of women to girls based on the full achievement and protection of women rights. This definition offers a new perspective of reproductive issues and advocacy. We're putting together this issues to address that for women to have the right to bare child the right to not to have child. The right as a parent to parent a child and a right to control the birthing rights of a woman. as our colleagues has stated that a boy So [INAUDIBLE] issue but we have more that that to discuss. We also fight for the necessarily of the abling/g conditions for realizing their rights. this contrasted to a [INAUDIBLE] a single focus on abortion by prochoice movement that expels to social justice in the movement. The reproductive frame [INAUDIBLE] not only analyze and how the ability of women are determined to own their own reproductive destiny is a link directly to condition at her community and this condition are not just the matter of individual choice and [INAUDIBLE]. reproductive justice addresses social equality and any equality specifically to any quality of opportunities that we have to control our reproductive destiny. One of the key [INAUDIBLE] There are several key components to address reproductive justice advocacy and it's isolation of abortion from other social justice issues and concerning the community color. Because of reproductive oppression affects women in multiple ways. A multiple prolong approach is needed to fight this exploitation in the advance of well being of women and girls. There are three main framework for fighting reproductive oppression. Reproductive heath which deals with the service delivery , reproductive rights, which addresses illegal issues and reproductive justice. We're focused on a movement building. All those frameworks are distinctive ways and approaches we can work together to provide a comprehensive solution. [UNKNOWN] along with coalition partners here in North Carolina. We have built a network of allies in social justice and human rights organisations that use user strategies to help self help and empower women and girls to understand that their voices need to be heard and their voices are going to be heard. We are bringing these women to the table to fight for their rights and their women's equality. That is what reproductive justice is all about. That is what a social movement is about. Women, we need to stand up for our rights. Thank you. [SOUND] >> Well that is the conclusion of our speakers. Thank to all our speakers. Thank you to our media. If anyone has any questions, we'd be happy to answer them. Thank you. >> Hi, I'm Courtney from WSU radio. This is a question for [INAUDIBLE] but anybody else who wants to take it. So looking at the report card looks like very bad, very bad, mixed, very bad. Is there anything that you think lawmakers are getting right? >> We had our agenda when the 2015 session came in last year so we had these policy platform and so certainly a lot of it ended up not being adjusted as we would have liked. Now there were some gains that were made in terms of increasing protection around domestic sexual violence and that is something

that typically does happen because there is a fair amount of support. We just feel like a lot of people don't understand how all these economic issues and issues of access to health care also interact to keep those protections from, while they are there they're aren't doing as much as they could because we're still leaving other issues behind us. So there are definitely some positive issues in terms of domestic and sexual violence protections just they end up being mixed because they don't go far enough. >> So collectively, given that almost all the grades are either very bad or mixed, selectively what do you think that that says about the [UNKNOWN] some of these priorities as far as they align or don't align with NC women in the [INAUDIBLE]? >> Well I definitely think it doesn't seem like the lawmakers are prioritizing issues that impact the realities of women's lives. We feel like there's a lot of policy decisions based on maybe the way some people think the way things should be, like families should be set up in a certain way or Maybe even the idea sometimes that not all women have to work, I think there's still this idea for some in the general assembly that women are working because it's nice for them to work. And it's something for them to do, but they really don't think of the value that a lot of women have to work and they are the main bread winners for their families. And I still think there are some attitudes like that within the general assembly And with anyone else from the general assembly who would like to answer that question . >> I just believe there is a gross insensitivity among the Republican majority to issue this to affect women. There's not a commitment to their equality and are to protect the many of their right. I can think of a bill, last year I filed was Senator Tart Republican dealing with the way they report incidence of sexual abuse. On college in the university campus something we can all be ready to embrace and want to deal with. And I spoke to To a senator, actually two of them, who were in charge of dealing with issues dealing with education about getting that bill heard. And of course their response to me was, why should we wanna hear that? We don't really think these rapes are occurring anyway These women are put in the cells at risk. A type of attitude in gross insensitivity that has no place in today's political environment. Something that I would hope that I would never hear. But something that results in Incidences of violence being perpetrated among women frequently on our college campuses where we need that type of code conduct and we need policies and we need to be proactive to make certain that we protect the rights of all of the people in our campuses but to hear that type of Remark to hear that gross insensitivity that women put themselves there and they're the cause of these things. It's a mentality, it's a mindset that I repudiate. But I hate to say in private conversations with many colleagues They embrace. [BLANK_AUDIO] As a man I d o say it, yeah. >> This may be slightly off the topic of the report, but has the bill two eliminated the rights to sue the state? Have you or anybody else done any analyses of how many suits are brought because of gender discrimination, age discrimination? We're trying to assess the impact of that What do you see as the impact evident and are there any figures on that? >> I'm going to guess that there are. I know that I don't have any figures on me. I do know that we have the three branches of government that are there for us to have access to keep checks and balances on each other. And then I always think that the That the courts are another way in addition we can vote. But then the courts are another way we can protect our rights as well. So I think I don't know what those numbers are and I can certainly try to find out that with some of our member organisations. I think anytime you try to limit that access in general, like anytime somebody feels that they have to bring that kind of Kind of complaint over to the court system that's one time too many really. So while I don't exactly know those numbers, I know that I don't feel whenever we try to take away those protections.>> Chair can I say something?

>> Yeah absolutely >> So I'm Galia Filiga/g for the president of NC Now National organisation for women and I don't have But another thing about not being able to take your lawsuits in state courts and having to go to federal courts is the federal courts are harder to navigate and often more expensive and as we've discussed, women generally make less money. So you have less money to do anything with. Also Believe that the time frame that you have to do your suits is way shorter. So it's terrible for everybody not just for women, for all North Carolinian, but worse for women having less money. >> I'd like to say that I watched Last session as they dismantled the personnel act which was protection for everybody. So now you've dismantled the personnel policies and procedures for discrimination and you've taken away our ability to do it on the state level. Why are you having problems with discrimination? Is there been a Increase in discrimination lawsuits in the state of North Carolina since then. The problem with some of that is that somebody makes a complaint in their department first or it's ongoing. Those are numbers we don't have access to but I can only imagine that they've probably increased as a result of for be laid off and cut back, age discrimination, sexist discrimination, race discrimination, I wanna know why you dismantled the protection in the personal act first then you lay off a lot of people in state government. So that then they have no voice of complain and then you come in and say they can't even fall on the state level There is a reason and we need to find out how big that reason is because it is due to some lawsuits I'm sure. >> Allow me to just say his, when you allow only the federal remedy as an avenue, you don't have as many protected classes potentially and you also have to be issued a right to sue It is a formal expensive remedy. The state courts offered a remedy for many people and then more importantly all those local governments adopted policies that provided some avenue based upon gender discrimination or based upon other categories. They are now all gone so I mean the only thing you have left in this State of North Carolina are gonna be the ones at the federal level, theoretically they have say the human relations commission can go in and hear certain claims, they only can mediate them, it doesn't give them any power to resolve them, if parties walk away from the table and there's an impast/g, that's the end of it, and I remind you that last year in the budge they proposed initially the elimination of the human relations commission until we had to fight to get them money put back in the budget but no additional money has been added or resources or personnel to address anything so I mean it's a minimal facility that's operating at this time then they hear a broad variety of different claims but to cut off that avenue completely through the state courts is unquestionable. It is hard for me to imagine really in 2016 why you would want to limit or restrict the rights of anyone [BLANK_AUDIO] Any other questions? Thank you all for coming out today. Thank you for your questions [SOUND] [NOISE] [NOISE] [NOISE] [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE]

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