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March 19, 2015

The General Assembly spent the last two weeks catching up from snow days, and committee meetings are underway. My committees include: Appropriations, Health and Human Services Appropriations, Health, Insurance, Judiciary, Education and Environment.

Im writing an abbreviated newsletter this week and will send more details next week.

HHS Appropriations

The Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee is focusing on evidence based services this year in an attempt to fund the programs that have proven outcomes. Staff from the Pew Charitable Trust presented a process they are supporting in several states. They complimented North Carolina in our early childhood education programs, Smart Start and More at Four (Now called NC PreK) that are based on research done by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. If we adopt their process, they would guide an evaluation of other HHS programs to identify components that are working and others that need to be changed. Their services are free to the State.

We also heard from UNC School of Public Health professor Dorothy Cilenti on the health status of children in North Carolina, progress we have made over the past 20 years and evidence based programs such as tobacco cessation that have shown good outcomes in North Carolina.

The committee will continue this process over the next few weeks in preparation to considering budget proposals from the Governor and our subcommittee chairs.

UNC Board of Governors

Today the NC House elected eight members to the UNC Board of Governors. They are Pearl Burris Floyd, Phillips Byers, Walter Davenport, James L. Holmes, Jr., Joe Thomas Knott, Mary Ann Maxwell, J. Alex Mitchell, and David Powers.

Below the Belt License Plate

The non-profit organization Below the Belt (http://btbnc.com/) is sponsoring a new specialty car tag to support ovarian cancer research. The tag will have a teal ribbon logo along with First in Flight (similar to the pink ribbon logo breast cancer tag). The organization needs 300 pre-paid tag applications by the last week in March in order to meet the April 1 submission to DMVso, if you are interested, please act today. Cost is $20 per tag (personalize it costs $30 additional for a total of $50). If interested, please email Patty Smith at unc75pss@gmail.com for additional information and a link to application site.

In my next newsletter, Ill review tax cuts and tax increases made over the past two session and the budget projections for this year. Ill also include cuts that have been made to the UNC system and their impact on programs and students.

As always, thank you for your support of my work in Raleigh as your representative. Please let me know of your position on issues, your suggestions for legislation and your requests for help.

Verla Insko

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Verla Insko, NC House · 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 502 LOB · Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 ·
Phone (919) 733-7208 · Mobile (919) 618-9889 · E-mail verla.insko@gmail.com or verla.insko@ncleg.net