From the Desk of Chairman Cross,
After due consideration and consultation, I’d like to announce our nominees for the Union County Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections will take the nominees submitted by the County Chairman and appoint a new Board of Elections for each county. Nominees had to be sent to Raleigh no later than June 4th, 2013.
With the election of a Republican Governor in 2012, the Republicans will now have two members on the County BOE and the Democratic Party, one.
The nominees that I have submitted are Mrs. Shirley Bossbach to serve as Chairperson and Mr. Terrence Glesias. I have also submitted Mrs. Fern Shubert as an alternate nominee.
Mrs. Bossbach is currently serving as the Republican representative on the Union Board of Elections and Mr. Glesias is the Vice Chairman of the Union GOP.
Dr. Jerry T. Cross
Chairman, Union County GOP
Office of Representative DEAN ARP
District #69 – UNION County
Raleigh – Rep. DEAN ARP joined colleagues in the NC House of Representatives on Wednesday passing the voter ID bill in an historic bipartisan vote. After more than three years of public discussion around the issue of voter identification, a bipartisan majority passed HB 589, which moves North Carolina to a photo ID voting structure. The vote is the result of a 10-month process that included multiple public hearings, hours of testimony by experts and members of the public, and in-depth analysis of voter ID systems in numerous other states.
House Bill 589, the “Voter Information Verification Act,” passed the House on its second reading today with a vote of 81-36 – a bipartisan vote on one of the key pieces of legislation for the Republican House majority. The bill is a product of months of work by bill sponsors and leadership of the House Elections Committee: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Rep. Harry Warren (R-Rowan), Rep. Tom Murry (R-Wake), Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg) and Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).
The bill is a sweeping effort to improve North Carolina’s voting process by requiring citizens to show photo identification when voting and would be fully implemented by 2016. The measure utilizes the 2014 elections as a bridge to identify which voters may be without an accepted form of photo ID and establishes a program to help citizens acquire a free photo identification card through the Department of Motor Vehicles. For citizens without photo ID’s, non-operator photo ID cards will be issued at no direct cost to the voter through the DMV.
Beyond the photo identification requirement, the bill takes steps to ensure the integrity of provisional and absentee ballots. It also directs the State Board of Elections to study the use of modern technology in voting, paving the way for further efficiency through digital efforts in the future.
“This is a historic vote for North Carolina,” said House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg). “This strong message of bipartisanship on such an important, and at times controversial, issue is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the House members who remained committed to this effort for many months. I commend their work, and I am encouraged by the overwhelming support this bill received today.”
The bill now moves to the Senate.
Governor McCrory Signs Kilah’s Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Crystal Feldman
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory signed Kilah’s Law, House Bill 75/Senate Bill 70 into law today. The bill increases the penalties for convicted child abusers to a Class D felony and requires their official record show that the abused was younger than 16 years of age. Before this law, child abuse was classified as “domestic violence” on official records.
“It is our duty to protect North Carolina’s children to the best of our abilities,” said Governor McCrory. “It is my hope that Kilah’s Law will help stop child abuse in our state. I’d like to thank our legislators for coming together to work on such a necessary bill. I especially want to recognize Kilah and her family for their support of this legislation and thank the Davenports for allowing Kilah to represent such a meaningful law.”
Kilah’s Law is named after 4-year-old Kilah Davenport, a child brutally abused while in her step-father’s care. Kilah suffered serious brain damage, a fractured skull, a broken collarbone and other injuries as a result of the attack in 2012. Her step-father, Joshua Houser, is currently in the Union County Jail awaiting trial.
Kilah survived the attack. She and her family joined Governor McCrory along with lawmakers for the bill signing Wednesday afternoon.
Representatives Craig Horn, Sarah Stevens, Dean Arp and Rick Glazier sponsored House bill (HB75). On the Senate side, the bill (SB70) was sponsored by Senators Jeff Tarte, Tommy Tucker and David Curtis. Kilah’s Law passed all committees and both chambers of the General Assembly with unanimous support.
The bill sponsors from Kilah’s home county of Union offered a few thoughts about this new law in her name:
“The passage of Kilah’s Law, House Bill 75, is a victory for the children and for a caring North Carolina,” said Rep. Horn. “People that intentionally injure those that are the least capable of defending themselves must be punished to the maximum reasonable extent. Kilah’s Law both increases the punishment and causes the implementation of a system to specifically identify child abusers. I am grateful to the co-sponsors, proud of the North Carolina General Assembly and indebted to Kilah Davenport for being the face of Kilah’s Law.”
“I’m proud to be a co-Sponsor of Kilah’s Law on behalf of Kilah, Kirby, Leslie and Brian Davenport,” said Rep. Arp. “The Davenports have been so brave and courageous in speaking out about Kilah’s horrific ordeal and struggles. Their voice and efforts will ensure Kilah’s tragedy will not happen to other children and justice will be served if it does.”
“No one can undo the acts of violence committed upon Kilah Davenport,” said Sen. Tucker. “We can, however, send a very clear message that North Carolina, as a civil and just society, will not allow this child’s suffering to continue in vain.”