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Bill Abbreviations
2R – Second Reading
3R – Third Reading
MC – Motion to Concur
ACR – Adopt Conference Report
VO – Veto Override
A# - Amendment (and corresponding number to amendment)
MSR – Motion to Suspend the Rules
RCS – Roll Call Number
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Absent/No Vote
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Paul "Skip" Stam (R)

Score: 78.6 out of 100
Rank: 10 out of 120
 

Increases the amount of taxpayer dollars dedicated to the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) programs a corporate welfare giveaway. Also extends targeted sales tax breaks for airplane fuel and 'qualifying datacenters.' Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose taxpayer handouts to specific corporations. Also, while business inputs (like airplane fuel or equipment for datacenters) should not be taxed, exempting only specific inputs creates unfair advantages to politically-favored industries. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #22
2016-04-08

The primary purpose of this bill is to repeal the Corridor Protection Act, which prevents an owner of property located within a corridor map from making any changes to their property. A corridor map outlines areas designated for possible future highway construction. Some landowners have been prevented from making alterations or additions to their property for several years due to the Corridor Protection Act. Civitas believes the conservative position is that the protection of private property rights is vital to civil society, and that the map act infringes upon the property rights of individuals. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #227
2016-04-05

This bill would allocate up to $1 million of taxpayer money to create the Healthy Food Small Retailer Fund. Money from the fund would be allocated to local governments to enable them to provide equipment and assistance to small food retailers to carry nutrient-dense foods. The retailers must be located in what is classified as a food desert, essentially low-income areas with a lack of grocery stores. In short, the money would be used to supply the small stores with refrigeration equipment, shelving and technical assistance in return for their agreement to sell healthy foods. Also, in exchange retailers must agree to accept SNAP and WIC benefits, and make a commitment to sell the foods for a pre-determined length of time. Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose the use of taxpayer money given to specific businesses. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #789
2016-04-05

Would amend the state constitution to clarify the use of eminent domain allowed under state law. Specifies that state condemnation of private property can only be used for a public use, current law allows for current use of benefit. This bill also ensures payment for such property is just and to be determined by a jury. Civitas believes the conservative position is that the protection of private property rights is vital to civil society, and that eminent domain abuse infringes upon the property rights of individuals. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #8
2016-04-05

Defines sexual felonies on minors, modifies domestic violence statutes, tightens abortion laws, mandates a 72 hour waiting period before abortions. Civitas believes the conservative position is to take measures to protect the lives of the unborn. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #682
2016-04-05

This Amendment would freeze the states renewable energy portfolio standard requirements at 6%. The mandate increased to 6% this year and is currently scheduled to double to 12.5% by 2021. This Amendment would also freeze the incremental cost cap which is the amount energy providers can pass along to customers to help recover the additional cost of being forced to buy renewable energy. Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose government mandates on energy provision that drive up electric bills. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #481
2016-04-05

Among other things, the most significant part of this bill weakens election reform laws to allow for exceptions to the voter ID requirement. Voters are allowed to cite a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID and thus be allowed to vote without showing identification at the polls. Such voters will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Civitas believes the conservative position is to support the integrity of elections and to take sensible safeguards to protect against vote fraud. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #794
2016-04-05

Reverses the scheduled corporate income tax rate reduction, re-introduces the state Earned Income Tax Credit. Civitas believes the conservative position is to support lower taxes, and oppose government giveaways. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #601
2016-04-05

This Amendment would eliminate a provision in the budget to extend the renewable energy tax credit for two years. The amendment would ensure that the tax credits would sunset as originally scheduled. Civitas believes the conservative position opposes targeted tax credits that benefit a specific industry, and that all businesses should be subject to the same rules. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #603
2016-04-05

This Amendment would eliminate a provision in the budget that would create a fund using Escheat Fund monies to be controlled by the state Treasurer. This fund would invest in certain private investment vehicles. Civitas believes the conservative position opposes the use of government funds being used in otherwise private investments. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #617
2016-04-05

This bill will initially lower the states gas tax, but also sets a floor for the tax leading to a higher tax than would have been in place without this law. After establishing the floor, the gas tax will increase annually according to a rate tied to inflation and population growth. Legislative forecasts project the gas tax floor will cost North Carolina motorists an additional $1.2 billion over the next four years. Moreover, combining the gas tax increase with unrelated IRC code compliance changes appears to be a political ploy. There is little legitimate justification for not presenting these distinct issues as separate, stand-alone bills. Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose higher taxes. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #114
2016-04-05

Exempts usage contracts between NCs state-owned ports and a carrier from the states public records law. Civitas believes the conservative position is to promote government transparency, and that government-owned ports should be subject to public records the same as other government entities. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #809
2016-04-05

This bill appropriate an additional $2.8 million per year over the biennium toward NCs Special Education Scholarships for Children with Disabilities program. This would expand the program already receiving roughly $4.6 million per year. Civitas believes the conservative position is to expand educational options and opportunity by empowering parents to make such choices for their childrens education. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #1074
2016-04-05

Bans the selling of fetal remains and ends state funding of "family planning services", for any provider who also performs abortions. Also orders fetal remains must be disposed of in a respectful manner, aka burial, cremation, or incineration. Civitas believes the conservative position is to take measures to protect the lives of the unborn, and that taxpayer funds should not be given to abortion providers. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #113
2016-04-05

This bill mandates that health insurance providers treat orally administered anti-cancer treatments the same as injected anti-cancer treatments. Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose government control of healthcare, and that mandates telling health insurance companies what to include in their plans is inappropriate use of government force. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #283
2016-04-05

Requires companies receiving state government contract work to participate in the E-verify program in many cases. E-Verify is a program used to verify the legal status of workers. Prohibits consulate documents (other than legal passports) to be an acceptable form of citizen identification. Prohibits the adoption of sanctuary city policies. Also prohibits the state Department of Health and Human Services from seeking a waiver for the work requirement of childless, able-bodied adults to receive food stamps. Civitas believes the conservative position is to ensure people residing in NC have achieved proper residential status. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #1078
2016-04-05

Modifies and updates Charter school regulation, establishes overseeing Advisory Board. More specifically, legislation gives greater voice to charter school advocates, allows successful charter schools to expand more quickly and requires that charter board members be subject to conflict of interest provisions. Civitas believe the conservative position is to strengthen and expand the number of quality educational options for children. HB 334 does both. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #993
2016-04-05

Allows patients diagnosed with a terminal illness to try investigational drugs, biological product or medical device. Investigational means one that has passed Phase I of an USFDA clinical trial and remains under investigation in an approved clinical trial. Civitas believes the conservative position is to allow for more freedom of choice in the healthcare industry. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #249
2016-04-05

Expands the list of who needs to be present at the execution of a prisoner. Currently, only a licensed physician is acceptable, this bill allows other medical professional to serve this purpose. Because physicians have refused to serve their role as a presence at executions, there has been a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in NC for years. This bill will circumvent this moratorium. Civitas believes the conservative position is to support the death penalty for those convicted of murder. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #887
2016-04-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, Education Opportunity Scholarships is one of those policies. Provides $6.8 million in additional funds for Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2015-16 and $14 million in 2016-17. Investing in the expansion of school choice options for North Carolina families is considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, the Highway Fund Transfer is one of those policies. The annual $216 million transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund is ended. This makes more money available for transportation needs. The ending of this long-standing transfer keeps transportation funds dedicated to transportation needs, and is considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different budget policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, eliminating taxpayer support for the Hunt Institute is one of those policies. Eliminates taxpayer support to the tune of $737,230 for the Hunt Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, a highly partisan organization known to feature far-left speakers. Directing taxpayer funds to such a politicized organization is not an appropriate use of taxpayer funds. Eliminating the taxpayer subsidy for the Hunt Institute is considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different budget policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, Raiding Trust Funds is one of those policies. Takes nearly $17 million from five designated trust funds, and transfers that money to the General Fund. Raiding trust funds to cover general operating costs is short-sighted and not considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, $600 million of Savings is one of those policies. A total of $600 million is set aside in the state's Rainy Day Fund ($200 million) and Repair and Renovations ($400 million). This responsible move to shore up savings to help insulate the state budget against future revenue dips is considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Because the General Assembly chose to include different policies in the 2015 budget bill, Civitas Action did not grade the budget bill as a whole. We have chosen several important policies to grade separately, including Tax Changes The state personal income tax rate will drop to 5,499 percent by 2017 down from the current 5.75 percent. The standard deduction will be increased slightly (for example from $15,000 to $15,500 to married filing jointly), and the tax credit for medical expenses is reinstated. Moreover, the corporate income tax rate will drop to 4 percent next years as included in the 2013 tax reform, and will be guaranteed to drop to 3 percent the following year regardless of revenue thresholds. The sales tax base, however, will be broadened to include some services such as repair, maintenance and installation services to tangible property, such as autos. Also the corporate tax formula will move to a single sales factor, which is projected to amount to a tax cut of about $32 million over the biennium. On net, these tax changes are projected to save taxpayers nearly $400 million over the biennium. Tax changes in the budget are considered conservative.

Roll Call Vote #1006
2016-05-05

Magistrates and Registrar's of deeds may recuse themselves from performing all marriages, for a minimum of 6 months, for any sincerely held religious objection. Civitas believes the conservative position is that the religious liberties of the magistrates should be respected, and other means can be used to still perform now-legal gay marriage. The conservative vote is yes.

Roll Call Vote #663
2016-04-05

According to the bill’s fiscal note: “The bill amends the sunset provision for the renewable energy property investment tax credit, providing that the tax credit expires as scheduled under current law on January 1, 2016, unless the taxpayer meets specified requirements related to partial completion of the project, upon which the tax credit will expire on January 1, 2017.” Legislative fiscal research projects that extending the credit would generate an additional $183 million worth of refundable tax credits over the next five years. Civitas believes the conservative position opposes targeted tax credits that benefit a specific industry, and that all businesses should be subject to the same rules. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #271
2016-04-05

Mandates that health insurance plans provide coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose government control of healthcare, and that mandates telling health insurance companies what to include in their plans is inappropriate use of government force. The conservative vote is no.

Roll Call Vote #1053
2016-04-05