Veteran-Friendly Senate Bill Signed into Law

Senate Bill 43, signed in to law June 24th, 2015, improves job opportunities for veterans by extending the time period allowed between a retired or discharged veteran applicant being regularly employed in a qualified position and the date of application for the CDL from 90 days to one year. The original CDL skills test waiver […]

Senate Passes Bill Expanding Insurance Coverage for Autistic Children

The North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 676 which expands state-regulated health plan coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. This bill will allow recipients of behavioral therapy to be covered up to $40,000 per year. In the past, insurance companies typically covered only the diagnosis of autism, not the treatments that […]

General Assembly Overrides Governor McCrory’s Veto of Senate Bill 2

The North Carolina General Assembly has overridden Governor McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which states that magistrates and registers of deeds may recuse themselves from performing marriage ceremonies on the grounds of religious objections. After the Senate rejected the veto with a 32-16 vote, Senate leader Phil Berger made a statement saying, “Religious freedom […]

Increase in Job Development Investment Grants (JDIG) passes Senate

Senate Bill 326, which adds five million dollars to North Carolina’s JDIG fund, has passed the Senate and is now moving through the House of Representatives. JDIG is a program that provides grants to new and expanding businesses in North Carolina to help recruit new commerce and jobs. Companies applying for this grant must meet a rigorous […]

Mike Williford appointed to NC Board of Governors

Mike Williford, a prominent Fayetteville lawyer and long-standing Cumberland County resident was recently appointed by the North Carolina Senate to the North Carolina Board of Governors. The NC Board of Governors oversees the seventeen public universities in North Carolina under the UNC system. The UNC system’s mission statement is as follows: “The University of North Carolina […]

CDL Program for Veterans Extended into 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week that North Carolina will be extending a truck driving program that helps military members find jobs. Paul Woolverton of the Fayetteville Observer wrote an article on this program with some additional information. This program, and others like it, are effective in helping our military more effectively find jobs as […]

Senator Meredith Recognized by Fire Service

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner with representatives from the Cumberland County fire departments, the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association (NCSFA) and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs.  At this dinner, I was honored by the NCSFA as a “Friend of Fire Service.” I very much appreciate being presented this […]

N.C. Sustainable Energy Association “Legislator of the Year”

  As the owner of a landscaping business, I have remained environmentally conscious throughout my tenure as your state senator. I have done this through supporting sensible policies that make sense for this state from both an economic and environmental perspective.  Things like the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit and the Renewable Energy and Energy […]

The Largest Teacher Pay Increase in State History while Keeping Tenure

The most recent budget that I worked to help pass includes for North Carolina public school teachers an average 7 percent permanent pay raise – without requiring them to make a choice on whether to keep tenure. This $468 million increase would be the largest in state history and would boost North Carolina from 47th in overall […]

Agreement on Aggressive Coal Ash Plan

The Senate and House announced Tuesday evening they have reached a compromise agreement on coal ash mitigation that would give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the nation and make it the first state to force the closure of all coal ash ponds. The bill sets a firm 15-year deadline for de-watering […]

National Airborne Day

    Tomorrow, August 16th is National Airborne Day; there will be a celebration at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum from 10 AM to 3 PM. Here is a flier for the event. Fort Bragg is of course home to the biggest installation of airborne soldiers, commonly referred to as the “Home of the Airborne.”  Airborne forces are a very […]