N. C. General Assembly: 2016 Short Session

The ACLU of North Carolina works in the North Carolina General Assembly to defend and advance the civil liberties of all North Carolinians. Below is a list of legislative proposals the ACLU of North Carolina is actively monitoring. This page will be updated throughout the 2016 legislative short session.

Equal Protection & LGBT Rights

  • HB 2 - Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act: On March 23, 2016, the General Assembly convened a special legislation session to pass this unprecedented bill that overrides a recently passed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, calls into question other LGBT protections, prevents local government from enacting a range of nondiscrimination and employment policies, requires transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms in schools and government buildings based on the sex listed on the person's birth certificate, and jeopardizes billions of dollars in federal funds that North Carolina schools receive through Title IX and that state entities receive through federal contracts. The ACLU and other groups are challenging HB 2 in court.
    Fact Sheet: ACLU-NC Opposition to HB 2.

Privacy Rights & Government Surveillance

Youth Rights

  • SB 343: Student Assault on Teacher/Felony Offense: As an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of students and youth, the ACLU-NC opposes Senate Bill 343. . While we can all agree that protecting teachers is an important objective, currently assault of school personnel is a Class A1 misdemeanor, the highest level of misdemeanor, and a 16 or 17 year-old could already be charged with a felony if she or he caused serious physical injury to a teacher. The effects of the bill would also disproportionately harm youth of color and youth with disabilities.
    Fact Sheet: ACLU-NC Opposition to SB 343

Due Process & Immigrants' Rights

  • HB 100: Local Government Immigration Compliance: The ACLU-NC and the North Carolina Justice Center are strongly opposed to HB 100—which incorporates SB 868, Local Government Immigration Compliance. HB 100 doubles down on an antiimmigrant bill—HB 318—that became law in 2015. HB 318 drastically limited the use of identification documents commonly used by immigrants in their interactions with government officials, and restricted local governments from adopting policies that, for instance, prohibit law enforcement officers from gathering immigration status information—policies designed to encourage crime witnesses and victims to contact and cooperate with law enforcement.
    Fact Sheet: Explanation of HB 100
     
  • HB 328: Highway Safety/Citizens Protection Act: As an organization that works to defend every North Carolinian’s right to due process and equal protection under the law, regardless of immigration status, the ACLU-NC has concerns about HB 328.  The ACLU-NC supports expanding access to driving privileges and photo identification to all North Carolinians and welcomes real debate on these issues.  However, the provisions in HB 328 establishing a restricted driving permit and identification card include flaws that would both place the rights of immigrants at risk and undercut the goal of ensuring that all drivers are trained, tested, licensed, and insured.  The bill includes other provisions raising serious civil liberties concerns affecting immigrants and citizens alike. 
    Fact Sheet: Explanation of HB 328
    En Español: Explicación de HB 328: Seguridad en las Carreteras/Ley de Protección de Ciudadanos
  • SB 868: Local Government Immigration Compliance: As an organization dedicated to protecting the civil liberties of all North Carolinians, regardless of immigration status, the ACLU-NC has serious concerns about SB 868.  In 2015, the General Assembly passed HB 318, which said that “government officials” could not accept either consular IDs or local/community IDs as acceptable forms of identification. The bill also said that cities and counties could not have policies prohibiting their law enforcement officers from gathering information about people’s immigration status. This harmful bill made law enforcement and government officials’ jobs harder, and made communities less safe because victims and witnesses of crime would be less willing to cooperate with the police.  With SB 868, the General Assembly is doubling down on the harm caused by HB 318 by adding confusing “enforcement provisions” to the law.
  • Fact Sheet: Explanation of SB 868
  • En Espanol: Explicacion de SB 868: Cumplimiento de Inmigración del Gobierno Local

 

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