WEDNESDAY 10/25/2017

FEDERAL:

Close Gun Background Check Loopholes:

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is introducing a bill that would require background checks on almost all gun sales. Although Murphy himself is aware that the bill has little chance of passing, he is arguing that mounting political pressure--90 percent of US citizens support strengthening background checks--could help create less insane gun laws. Murphy does point out that in states with stricter background check laws, 47% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. Las Vegas is receding in our rearview mirror. Let’s make sure our lawmakers know that there is support for sensible gun laws.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to support Chris Murphy’s proposed bill that would require background checks on virtually all gun sales. These background checks have been proven to be effective. 47% fewer women are shot to death in states with strict background checks. I also want you to support legislation that would ban bump stocks like the ones used in Las Vegas. Both of these fixes would go a long way toward making our country safer without sacrificing Second Amendment rights. Thank you for taking my call.

 

Tillis:

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

 

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/

 

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STATE:

Governor

House

Senate

 

Demanding Full Repeal of HB2/HB142

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced an executive order and proposed settlement aimed at ending the lawsuits against North Carolina concerning House Bill 2 and making it clear that LGBT state employees and the employees of state contractors will not be discriminated against. However EO24 only applies to state agencies and state workers directly under the governor’s supervision, in departments like the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Cooper’s order reaffirms that his cabinet agencies will not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It also states that no department or agency under his supervision will adopt a policy that prohibits or deters someone using a restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, but differs in only minor ways to McCrory’s order in 2016.

IT DOES NOT APPLY TO PRIVATE BUSINESSES

IT DOES NOT APPLY TO CITIES OR TOWNS

IT DOES NOT APPLY TO SCHOOLS

Cities, towns, and schools are still prohibited from setting their own regulations about bathrooms after the state repealed HB2 and replaced it with HB142. That means that the any city or Municipality in NC can’t set any rules about bathrooms in either private businesses or its own buildings, like the Convention Center or the Government Center.

COOPER’S ORDER DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH

 

NCGA Scripts:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________. I want to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to continue to push for full repeal of HB2/HB142. Governor Coopers Executive Order EO24 only applies to the departments that the governor controls and does not go far enough to repeal the discriminatory and harmful provisions of HB2/HB142.

State lawmakers must fully repeal the HB2-era ban on local governments prohibiting discrimination by municipal contractors, and strengthen nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community statewide. Our goal is statewide LGBTQ protections in North Carolina, and we ask that you support legislation to fully repeal the HB2 and ensure protections are in place in cities, towns, private businesses and schools across NC. Thank you for taking my call.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

 

Governor Cooper script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________. Although I appreciate your signing EO24, I want to encourage you to continue to push for full repeal of HB2/HB142. Executive Order 24 only applies to the departments that the governor controls and does not go far enough to repeal the discriminatory and harmful provisions of HB2/HB142. State lawmakers must fully repeal the HB2-era ban on local governments prohibiting discrimination by municipal contractors, and strengthen nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community statewide. Our goal is statewide LGBTQ protections in North Carolina, and we ask that you support legislation to fully repeal the HB2 and ensure protections are in place in cities, towns, private businesses and schools across NC. Thank you.

 

Gov. Cooper: (919) 814-2000