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Legislative Accomplishments

Bryant 2011 NC General Assembly Accomplishments

Business Community Accomplishments

A strong economy is the backbone of a strong North Carolina.  Keeping the business environment strong is a specific focus of Representative Angela Bryant and her legislative efforts

  • Helps to keep North Carolina’s coveted AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three bond rating agencies;
  • Helped to keep NC rated as #1 for  Best Business Climate (2010 Site Selection Magazine); #6 for New and expanded businesses (2011 Site Selection Magazine); #1  Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business(2010 Council on State Taxation and Ernst & Young)  and #2 Best States for Business(2010 CEO Magazine);
  • Supported business on House Bill 45 that would authorize the state to approve the remediation of contaminated industrial sites based on site-specific remediation standards where those standards are adequate to protect public health, safety, and welfare and the environment;
  • Supported business on House Bill 237 that would require the N.C. General Assembly to consider the economic impact of statutory changes that would have an aggregate financial impact of $1 million on all persons affected or $1,000 on a single person affected by a new or modified regulation;
  • Supported business on House Bill 709 that modifies N.C.’s workers’ compensation laws: barring compensation for injury by accident or occupational disease if the employee knowingly and willfully misrepresented his or her physical condition to the employer; entitling the employer to reasonable access to “relevant medical information” related to an injury or disease for which an employee is seeking compensation; limiting an employee’s compensation for temporary total disability to 500 weeks unless the employee qualifies for extended compensation or permanent total disability.

2011 Legislative Highlights

  • Resolved complex equity issue of collecting 911 fees for local 911 centers from prepaid wireless services in same manner as other phone service (H571);
  • Key amendments to protect and empower low-income distressed communities during annexation (H845);
  • Saved Personal Education Plans for At Risk Students (Budget Technical Corrections);
  • De-annexed low income community previously unfairly annexed by legislature without notice to residents/owners (H367);
  • Ensured public notice of meeting to consider utility rate increases by Power Agencies and Cities (H457 — passed House);
  • Held off further privatization of prison maintenance until 2013 Session/legislative approval (H335);
  • Ensured consumer and provider input into transition to managed care 1915(b)(c) waiver for mental health services (H916);
  • Supported Certificate of Restoration for Ex-offenders (S515/H641);
  • Advocated for staff in State Private Wells Program to help with transition to complete county oversight  (State budget);
  • Worked to minimize cuts to community development programs, grassroots museums, health care, aging and education (State budget);
  • Designated Department of Corrections/Institutional Research as lead agency on Ex-offender Re-entry (H233 — passed House);
  • Fought many efforts to suppress the right to vote for the majority of citizens (H351/S352);
  • Fought against efforts to violate women’s right and access to health care.

6 Statewide/Regional Legislative Awards over 4 years: 2009- Green Tie Rising Star Award– NC League of Conservation Voters; 2009-NC Sustainable Energy Assoc.- Green Award Legislator of the Year; 2010 – Friend of the Counties Award – NC Assoc. of County Commissioners and the Frederick Douglas Leadership Award from the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials; 2011- Defender of Justice Award – NC Justice Center; 2012 - the Legislator of the Year Award from the Southeast Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors for promoting the development and operation of cable, telecommunications or information system networks and public, educational or government access channels in local communities.

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