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Rep. Scott Stone Rated as a Top Conservative in NC House


New state rankings by the American Conservative Union Foundation named Rep. Scott Stone among legislators earning its prestigious “Award for Conservative Excellence.” In addition to being in the top tier of this ranking, Stone was one of only 17 members of the House to earn a perfect 100% score. See full rankings here

The American Conservative Union is one the nation’s best known and most prestigious conservative organizations. It is a champion for defending the US Constitution and advocating for the rights of individuals over the power and overreach of government. ACU is best known for its annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) which draws national conservative leaders together.

Rep. Stone’s top rating was based on his votes on legislation which related to “good government” issues, fiscal responsibility, and lowering the burdens of government and bureaucracy on businesses and individuals. As a business leader himself, Rep. Stone has often been a champion for these issues to help ensure the North Carolina economy continues to grow and provide opportunities for our working families.

NC lawmaker says he’s spent almost a year trying to get public records from CMS

Today’s Charlotte Observer highlights an ongoing battle for transparency with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Almost 11 months has passed since Rep. Scott Stone sent two public records requests which asked for limited information related to correspondences between School Board members, administration officials, principals, and CMS lobbyist Charles Jeter. In the early weeks of the request, very few emails were provided. But of those few which were provided most appeared to be emails that would have painted CMS in a positive light.

Rep. Scott Stone

Earlier this month, Rep. Stone sent a letter to George Battle, CMS general counsel, asking for a resolution to the request made in February, 2018. The request relates to a series of actions by CMS, Jeter, and certain board members, in their attempts to politicize education policy. As Rep. Stone worked with other lawmakers on modifications to the state’s class size requirements, education funding formulas, and other key issues such as securing a 5th straight teacher pay raise, CMS officials were engaged in activities to fight Mecklenburg County Republican members of the General Assembly, even when the goals were aligned. One glaring example of CMS’ limit on transparency was how it restricted school principals from meeting with state House and Senate members.

“We want to be able to hear first hand from those in the trenches,” Said Rep. Stone. “We don’t want the facts being filtered, on either side. The schools in south Charlotte have different circumstances than others in CMS, just as CMS has different challenges than the other LEAs across the state. By limiting regular engagement, CMS is only protecting its own power structure and messaging.”

Read the full Charlotte Observer article HERE

The politicization of education is a growing trend across North Carolina. While the General Assembly has continued is significant increases in education funding, including increasing teacher pay at one of the highest rates in the U.S., the NC Educators Association – a teachers group closely aligned with the Democratic party – endorsed the democratic candidate in 118 of 120 NC House races in the recent 2018 general elections. The most obvious example of the politics can be seen in Rep. Jeffrey Elmore’s re-election campaign. Rep. Elmore is a chair of the NC House K-12 Education Committee, and is a K-12 teacher, but still was not endorsed by the NCEA.

Rep Stone Asks Meck Co Sheriff to Keep 287g Program

Image of letter sent to Sheriff McFadden

Rep. Stone sent a letter to the new Mecklenburg County Sheriff today, requesting that he reconsider ending the 287g program, which has served the citizens well for years.

Sheriff Garry McFadden ended the program on his first day in office. This important program provides important cooperation between Mecklenburg County and the federal government to enforce federal immigration law.

“Why would Sheriff McFadden choose to end a successful, long-running program which simply helps enforce existing law?” said Rep. Scott Stone of Mecklenburg County. “The 287g program helps our federal law enforcement officials do their jobs. In most cases, the immigrants subject to this program are in the Mecklenburg County jail because they committed crimes. It makes no sense why the sheriff would seek to protect these specific individuals from prosecution of federal crimes.” 

The letter requests that the sheriff reconsider ending the program. A senior official with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sounded the alarm last week that ending the program raises a variety of challenges for the community. Ending the program “will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests instead of arrests at the jail where enforcement is safer for everyone involved,” said ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher. Read more about ICE concerns

Ballantyne-based LendingTree to Create Almost 500 More Jobs in Charlotte

LendingTree, the online service that matches borrowers with lenders, announced Thursday plans to nearly double its local footprint after receiving state incentives in exchange for keeping its headquarters in Charlotte.

The fast-growing company will add 436 high-paying jobs that pay an average wage of over $100,000 over the next five years, under a deal approved Thursday by the North Carolina Economic Investment Committee. That package includes $8.37 million in state incentives for the Ballantyne-based company.

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article222680525.html#storylink=cpy

Stone Receives Endorsement of Charlotte Observer

Rep. Scott Stone received the endorsement of the Charlotte Observer in his bid for reelection. The paper’s editorial board rarely endorses Republican candidates, but still gave the nod to Rep. Stone and called him a “reliable low-tax conservative.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/…/e…/article220428455.html

Rep. Scott Stone Calls on DMV to Add New Locations, Allow Driver’s Ed Teachers to Give Tests

Rep. Scott Stone Calls on DMV to Add New Locations, Allow Driver’s Ed Teachers to Give Drivers’ Tests

 Charlotte, NC – NC Rep. Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg) has sent a letter to DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, requesting that high school driver’s education teachers be allowed to administer written tests for learner’s permits and road tests for provisional driver’s licenses. By eliminating this duplicative step and allowing driver’s education teachers to perform these functions, hundreds of thousands of trips to local DMV offices can be avoided each year.

“Our driver’s education teachers already know these students,” said Stone. “Teachers administer tests to students as part of their current duties. It makes perfect sense that teachers be able to eliminate a step in the process so that a trip to the DMV office can be avoided completely.”

The fees that are paid to DMV associated with the permits and licenses could instead be paid to the schools or directly to the teachers.

“Currently a DMV official observes a student driving for just a few minutes. This is not a good assessment of whether a new driver is ready to drive unsupervised,” Stone said. “A teacher who has driven with the student for several weeks is best prepared to evaluate that person’s driving skills and attest to whether they should be granted a license.”

Stone also reiterated a request from a September 5, 2018 letter to Commissioner Jessup that the DMV add new locations in high growth, high populations areas, including south Charlotte.

“Given significant growth in the Charlotte region and elsewhere, which often includes many citizens new to our state, it is long overdue for the DMV to add a new location in south Charlotte.”

Additional Benefits & Elements of Driver’s Ed Change:

– Students will not be forced to miss classes to visit the DMV office for their tests and paperwork.

– A teacher in a classroom can more easily verify the identity and home address of the new driver since he or she is already enrolled in the school as a student. This provides additional security and efficiency to the driver verification process.

– Teachers who are given this authority can be granted access to the state DMV system in a similar manner currently given to private inspection stations. Given current technology, it should be relatively easy for the teacher to be able to take the digital photo. Once a student passes the exam, the teacher can log it into the system and the document is automatically printed and mailed to the student’s home.

Some driver’s education programs are provided by private companies, but it is not unprecedented to allow private entities to interface with the DMV process. Private inspection facilities provide real-time information to the DMV as part of registration renewal process.

Background Data

During the 2017 – 18 budget year, the DMV issued the following documents:

Limited Learner Permit          98,270

Limited Provisional License  73,711

Full provisional license          54,629

                                                   226,610

The General Assembly appropriated in the 2018 budget $27,393,768 for Driver’s Education. Department of Public Instruction is tasked with distributing these funds to the LEAs.

Some LEAs charge a small fee to students for the course (for example – CMS charges $65). If at least a portion of DMV license and permit fees also supplemented the cost of Driver’s Education, there could be more funds available for our teachers.

 

 

Rep Stone Joins Legislative Leaders in Providing Hurricane Relief

Rep. Scott Stone joined other legislators yesterday approving $50 million for immediate disaster relief efforts, plus $6.5 million to pay school employees who are out of work, and more will be coming in the future. The initial relief funding will allow the state to apply for and accept federal funding. In addition, the General Assembly approved measures which would waive the requirements for schools to make up missed days due to Hurricane Florence. Teachers will not be penalized for the days which were cancelled.

The $56 million appropriation, which is likely a small portion of what will ultimately be provided to victims of Hurricane Florence, will be taken from the Rainy Day Fund, which has a balance of more than $2 billion.

Television Ad – People First, Politics Last

Stone Campaign Releases First Ad of 2018 Campaign

“People First, Politics Last” ad will begin to air this week

Representative Scott Stone’s campaign for NC House District 105 is launching its first television commercials this week. The spot, entitled “People First, Politics Last” features south Charlotte resident Laura Gaska, whose mother faced challenges in dealing with her assisted living facility.

“We didn’t know Scott, but Mom’s battle became Scott’s battle.” Gaska says in the ad. Gaska, along with another constituent, brought the issue to Stone’s attention several months ago. Gaska’s mother, Carol Ann passed away a few weeks ago. She was grateful that her mother was able to see that progress was being made on this important issue.

“When Mom passed, she passed knowing that Scott Stone was going to continue that fight,” she said in the ad.

Stone filed HB 1071, the Assisted Seniors Financial Protection Act earlier this year to help residents of assisted living facilities who were experiencing unfair price increases and unwarranted discharge. The legislation successfully put a spotlight on some facilities which were taking advantage of a loophole in the existing law. This prompted the assisted living industry to assess its own practices and publicly admit that not all facilities were following the “spirit of the law.”

“Our seniors are among the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Rep. Stone. “It is incredibly important to ensure they are protected. These protections must be not only health related, but also financial. As our senior population grows these issues will continue to grow in importance.”

The ad also highlights the need for a more constructive tone in our political debate.

“We have too much hyper-partisan rhetoric and political acrimony. We need to set politics aside and have cordial, constructive dialogue when discussing issues.” Stone said. “It is what the people of this state want. It is the only thing that will allow us to come together.”

 

Rep. Stone Demands Answers of DMV for Secret Drivers License Office


On August 28th, Rep. Scott Stone sent a letter to the DMV commissioner to get answers on why there is a secret driver’s license office set-up only for special people. This is while taxpayers are taking time off of work to stand in line for 5+ hours.

In this letter, I asked DMV Commissioner Jessup to provide an explanation as to why this secret driver’s license office is in operation. North Carolina taxpayers deserve to know who had access to it, why those individuals were selected, and how they were notified. The significant frustration already felt from all those waiting in long lines at their local DMV facilities will only be compounded as they learn of the secret, invitation-only office.

In the letter, Rep. Stone said, “While North Carolinians across the state are spending hours waiting for service at other facilities, it appears that special invitations were sent to senior state employees for speedy, 20-minute appointments. Having a separate set of rules and privileges for a special few state employees is an affront to the taxpayers who pay their salaries.”

Read full letter here

WBTV news broke the news about the secret office and reported on our letter to DMV. Watch here: https://www.wbtv.com/story/38981195/lawmaker-presses-for-answers-after-wbtv-investigation-into-secret-dmv-office

 

Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Introduced in NC House

North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast, and one of only 18 in US which does not require voters to show any form of identification. This could change if a new constitutional amendment is passed.

HB 1092 was introduced which would put the measure on the ballot this fall for consideration of North Carolina citizens. Rep. Stone is proud to be a co-sponsor of the bill.

Scott Stone co-sponsors Voter ID amendment

Scott Stone co-sponsors Voter ID amendment

Every state and national poll shows strong bi-partisan support for a voter ID requirement to ensure that there is no voter fraud. North Carolinians are already required to show IDs for many routine activities, such as renting a car, flying, filling a medical prescription, and banking.

“Having an ID is a basic civil right,” said Rep. Scott Stone. “We need to ensure that every citizen has a proper form of identification. Without access to a proper ID people would be unable to take advantage of many of the benefits this state has to offer. If opponents of this constitutional amendment can find people whom might be adversely impacted by this requirement, they should help those people get a proper ID. That would help those individuals the most.”