Best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I hope you will take time to reflect and give thanks for the positive aspects of life. There is much that I am thankful for, especially my family and friends.
Earlier this week I joined Congressmen Ted Budd and Mark Walker for a press conference to talk about tax reform. We discussed the success of tax reform in North Carolina and how it can serve as a model for reforming our nation’s tax code.
We have had a busy and productive year in the General Assembly as we approach the fall season. Here is quick update on the work that we have been doing.
September 19, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford, Majority Whip), who serves on the House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting, released the following statement regarding judicial redistricting efforts in the North Carolina General Assembly:
June 30, 2017
Raleigh, NC – The NC House and Senate passed time-sensitive legislation early this morning around that addresses two important issues for the City of Greensboro. Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) carried the bill in the House and Senator Trudy Wade (R-Gulford) carried the bill in the Senate
June 28, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford, Majority Whip) offered the following statement on the legislature’s override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget:
June 28, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today the NC General Assembly passed SB 155 – ABC Omnibus Legislation. The bill has now been sent to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature.
The NC House and Senate have passed the 2017-18 state budget with bipartisan support. This is a balanced budget that increases pay for teachers by 9.6 percent over two years; significantly increases pay for principals (and assistant principals); and increases education funding by over $700 million.
June 20. 2017
Raleigh, NC – North Carolina House and Senate leaders have agreed on budget plan for FY 2017-18. Total expenditures are $23 billion, which represents a 3.1 increase over the previous year’s budget. The increase in spending is within TABOR limits, which means that it does not exceed the combined growth of population and inflation.
The 2017 session of the NC General Assembly continues as we move into the month of June. Here is a quick update on some of the work that we have been doing.
June 6, 2017
Greensboro, NC – Last weekend (Saturday, June 3rd) Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) participated in the 2017 Dancing on the Diamond Event with The Arc of Greensboro. This is an annual event that pairs local “celebrities” with special needs individuals for a dance contest. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for The Arc of Greensboro, which does charitable work for individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.
May 31, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) passed an amendment to the state budget to create a “Charter School Transportation Grant Pilot Program.” This amendment is very similar to HB 644 – Charter School Transportation Grant Program – which Hardister filed earlier this year. The program was able to be proposed as an amendment to the budget because of an appropriation that made it germane.
May 22, 2017
Greensboro, NC – Today Reps. Cecil Brockman (D-Guilford) and Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) presented Abigail Mercer (12th grader at Northern Guilford High School) and Yemily Dingplai (10th grader at Smith High School) with a North Carolina flag and a certificate to honor them as the winners of Brockman and Hardister’s 2017 student bill contest.
Here are a few updates related to work that is being done in the 2017 legislative session.
This will be my second time participating in the Dancing on the Diamond event with The Arc of Greensboro. This is a fundraiser that benefits individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at New Bridge Bank Stadium in Greensboro.
April 26th, 2017
Raleigh NC – This week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) passed the following bills:
April 24, 2017
Raleigh, NC – HB 827 – Use of Passing Lane/Increased Penalty – advanced the House Transportation Committee today on a voice vote. The bill would allow law enforcement to issue $200 fines to vehicles that are “impeding the steady flow of traffic” in the left lane of a highway. The idea is to increase traffic safety by reducing congestion and to reinforce the practice of using the left lane for passing. It is supported by the NC Highway Patrol.
April 14, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier this week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 634 – Private Alternative Teacher Preparation. Other sponsors of the bill include Reps. Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke), Jeffrey Elmore (R-Wilkes) and Amos Quick (D-Guilford).
April 12, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) released the following statement regarding HB 780 – Uphold Historic Marriage Act:
April 7, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Yesterday Rep. Jon Hardister filed HB 644 – Charter School Transportation Grant Program – along with Reps. Cecil Brockman (D-Guilford), John Torbett (R-Gaston) and Debra Conrad (R-Forsyth). This bill would provide reimbursement grants for public charter schools that provide transportation services for students.
March 31, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier this week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 533 –Modernize Symbol of Access – a bill that would change the standard for the handicap symbol. This would include handicap placards, bathroom indicators and parking spaces. The new symbol of access would depict a wheelchair in motion. The image currently shows a stationary wheelchair.
March 30, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) released the following statement regarding the passage of HB 142, which repeals S.L. 2016-3 (commonly referred to as HB2); prevents local governments from regulating multiple occupancy facilities; and places a moratorium on local ordinances related to public accommodation and employment through December 1, 2020:
March 28, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation – which will raise the cap on self-distribution for craft beer. The current cap is 25,000 barrels per year; this would raise the cap to 200,000 barrels per year. Once a brewery hits the cap, they have to turn over all of their distribution efforts to a wholesaler.
March 23, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 460 – Economic & Job Growth for NC Distilleries – which will reduce regulations on small businesses, provide consumers with more choices, and promote tourism in North Carolina.
March 17, 2017
State Rep. Jon Hardister, a graduate of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, prompted by retired Grimsley counselor Phil Weaver and retired coach Joe Franks, helps sponsor a bill designed to prevent student suicide by providing suicide prevention training to all school personnel.
March 9, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier this week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 285 – Suicide Prevention / Awareness School Personnel. Other primary sponsors of the bill include Reps. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) and Josh Dobson (R-McDowell).
March 1, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Last week Reps. Ted Davis (R – New Hanover), Jon Hardister (R – Guilford), Holly Grange (R – New Hanover) and Mike Clampitt (R – Swain) filed HB 189 – Search & Rescue Name/Funds – This bill would increase funding for statewide search and rescue operations by $2,397,000. These funds would be used to purchase, repair and maintain equipment that is used for search and rescue operations.
March 1, 2017
State Representative and Majority Whip Jon Hardister was quoted today in an article written by Taft Wireback of the Greensboro News & Record.
February 23, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Earlier this week NC House Majority Whip Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 161 – Divestment From Companies That Boycott Israel.
February 10, 2017
Yesterday Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 86 – Amend Banking Commission Membership, which would require one member of the NC Banking Commission to be a non-depository mortgage lender or broker.
January 27, 2017
Earlier this week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 11 – Handicap Parking Privilege Certification – which would allow physician assistants, licensed midwives, and nurse practitioners to issue handicap parking placards to their patients.
January 25, 2017
Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened at 12:00 PM today and opened up for bill filing. Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed the second bill of the session…
January 20, 2017
Greensboro, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States:
Best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous Holiday Season. I hope you are able to relax and spend time with your friends and family. Be safe if you travel and enjoy the holiday.
December 16, 2016
There has been a lot of talk about the special session that took place at the North Carolina legislature this week. Here is my take on it.
Greensboro, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) released the following statement regarding Governor Pat McCrory’s concession of the North Carolina gubernatorial race.
There is much that I am thankful for this year. I am thankful for each and every person who supported me during the 2016 election season. It would not be possible for me to operate a successful campaign without generous support from family, friends and volunteers.
November 22, 2016
Raleigh, NC – Yesterday Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) was elected to serve as the majority whip in the NC House of Representatives. The majority whip is one of the top-ranking leadership posts in the legislature. Hardister was elected to this position by his colleagues in the Republican House Caucus.
November 14, 2016
Greensboro, NC – On Wednesday, November 2nd, Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) received the “2016 Legislator of the Year Award” from the NC Craft Brewers Guild. The award was given to Hardister in recognition for work that he has done to support the craft beer industry in North Carolina.
October 20, 2016
Election Day 2016 is now less than three weeks away. Over the last several weeks I have been attending events, speaking to voters and asking for support in the upcoming election.
September 20, 2016
Greensboro, NC – Last week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) received the “2016 Legislator of the Year” award from the Professional Fire Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina.
August 18, 2016
Greensboro, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) received the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina.
August 10, 2016
There have been notable developments over the last few weeks related to public policy in North Carolina. Here is a quick summary of news that may not have been widely reported in the press.