The N.C. General Assembly is still in session as bills continue to pass through both chambers.

The House and Senate Appropriations conferees worked diligently on SB105, the 2021-23 budget. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger plan to negotiate with Gov. Roy Cooper prior to the budget vote in each chamber. This process started early this week.

Public hearings for redistricting across the state will be completed on Sept. 30. Several bills this week have returned from the governor.

Bills signed into lawCooper signed the following bills into law:

• SB 99 — Clarify Law on Theft of Catalytic Converters, which clarifies that unless the conduct is covered under another provision greater punishment, larceny of a catalytic converter is a class felony;

• SB 257 — Medication Cost Transparency Act, which promotes pricing transparency for patients and establishes standards and criteria for the regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefits managers providing services for health benefits plans in N.C.;

• HB 447 — The Jeff Rieg Law/Patients Religious Rights, which protects the religious rights of hospital patients by preserving their right to receive visits by clergy members during hospital stays that occur during a declared disaster or emergency.

Bills sent to governor• HB 218 — Streamline Permits/Redevelopment of Property, which clarifies stormwater runoff requirements applicable to preexisting development in water supply watersheds and exempts certain footprint expansions from site plan major modification requirements;

• HB 531 — Timeshare Act Changes/Ed. Prov. Bond Repeal, which make changes to the North Carolina timeshare act to eliminate bond requirements for certification of real estate education providers.

If I can be of assistance, contact me at Jeffrey.elmore@ncleg.gov, 919-733-5935 or at 301D, 300 N. Salisbury Street Legislative Office Building, Raleigh,

N.C., 27603.

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