Political Notebook: Warren targets local issues
RALEIGH — After meeting with local leaders earlier this week, N.C. Rep. Harry Warren sponsored a series of bills targeting local issues.
On Wednesday, Warren filed legislation to allow local authorities to arrest registered sex offenders outside Rowan County. He said the proposal came after hearing input on the issue from Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook.
“It closes a loophole that currently allows sex offenders to evade jurisdiction of the county where they indicated they were going to live,” Warren wrote in a press release. “It additionally clarifies a restriction on where the offender can live once they get out of jail.”
Warren also filed a bill to allow the Rowan-Salisbury School System the authority to set its own school calendar.
At the legislative breakfast in Salisbury on Monday, Warren referenced the nature of the bill and said local school systems should have more authority.
Burr files bill requiring background checks for child care providers
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced the Child Care Protection Act of 2013 this week.
The legislation requires comprehensive background checks for child-care providers, including state and federal fingerprint checks, sex offender registry checks and a check of child abuse and neglect registries for all licensed, regulated and registered child care providers.
“When parents enroll their children in child care they shouldn’t have to worry that they might be dropping their child off to be cared for by someone who has been convicted of a violent crime,” Burr wrote in a press release. “Currently, background checks do not meet parents’ expectations, and most states fail to ensure that child care providers have undergone a complete and thorough background check. This legislation allows parents to be confident that their children are being taken care of by qualified individuals in a safe environment.”
Burr was joined in filing the bill with Sens. Mikulski (D-MD),Hatch (R-UT), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO) and Boxer (D-CA).
Requirements for background checks vary greatly from state to state and only a handful of states require child care providers to complete a comprehensive background check, the release said.
Hudson, Pittenger try to repeal Obamacare provision
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Robert Pittenger (NC-09) introduced legislation to repeal an automatic enrollment provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires businesses to automatically enroll full-time employees in the company health plan.
In a press release, the congressmen said high turnover rates in retail and the food industry could saddle job creators with expensive paperwork.
The representatives also said students who work full time would have to have the premiums deducted from their paychecks, regardless of if they’re on their parents’ insurance.
“Many small business owners have told me they are scared by the high cost of complying with the Affordable Care Act,” Pittenger wrote in a press release. “The auto-enroll provision is just one more misguided strand of government red tape that strangles job growth while making health insurance even more expensive. Repealing this provision of Obamacare will provide businesses with more confidence to grow.”