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At President Trump's request this past Friday, Congress pulled the GOP-crafted Affordable Care Act replacement bill in time to avoid what was expected to be a failed vote. The House leadership was unable to secure enough support between the GOP's House Freedom Caucus and the more moderate wing of the party.
Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are on the clock with the NCAA potentially pulling all events from North Carolina through 2022 unless House Bill 2 is repealed. Members of both the House and the Senate are having renewed discussions about a potential compromise that can garner enough votes for passage in both chambers.
Senator Jeff Tarte filed Senate Bill 363, a piece of legislation that, if passed, would allow property owners who engage in a property tax reevaluation appeal to submit a private appraisal to their respective county Board of Equalization and Review and to have such private appraisal value substituted for the value found by the county real estate appraiser. Mecklenburg County is working hard to prepare for its 2019 property reevaluation.
For more information, contact Legislative Affairs Liaison Jonathan Sink at 980-314-2884 or Jonathan.Sink@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Planned for this Week
This Friday, March 31, Mecklenburg County and several community partners will join for an event to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. A news conference is set for 10 a.m. in the plaza behind the Mecklenburg County Courthouse (accessible from Fourth Street).
The event will launch next month’s awareness efforts, which will include social media postings, local training sessions at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center and Carolinas Medical Center, and lesson plans for children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As always, our goal is to help build awareness of the issue of child abuse and to educate children and adults on ways child abuse and neglect can be prevented.
At the end of this year’s ceremony, participants will plant pinwheels outside the courthouse. The pinwheel has been adopted nationally as a symbol of child abuse/neglect prevention. It symbolizes the stable, healthy and protected childhood all children deserve.You will also see pinwheels on display at many County parks throughout the month of April.
For more information on local resources and plans for the month, visit The Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team site. Free Health Risk Assessments for Seniors Offered this Spring
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, UNC Charlotte and Sharon Towers are partnering to offer free health risk assessments this spring for seniors ages 60 and better at various recreation and senior centers throughout the County.
The assessments include blood pressure evaluations, blood profile/HbA1c, pulmonary function assessments, movement functional assessments and body composition assessments. Participants will receive free explanation and a copy of the results as well as referrals to medical care and exercise opportunities. No insurance or copay required.
Assessments will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:• April 4 Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road• April 24 Shamrock Senior Center at Methodist Home Recreation Center, 3200 Shamrock Drive • May 10 Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma Street• May 18 Mallard Creek Recreation Center, 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road• May 22 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road • June 5 North Meck Senior Center, 102 Gilead Road
For more information on the health assessments, contact Trena Palmer, recreation coordinator, at 980-722-2199.