My Apologies. I am usually able to keep up with communications from my constituents, but so much has been happening so quickly and I’ve received such a large number of communications that has made that not possible. Moreover, I have to pay attention to a personal matter.
Let me explain.
Last week, we passed House Bill 17 and Senate Bill 4. I voted on those bills and told my constituents that I’d explain the bills and my votes. The problem is that I’ve got about 50 communications from Henderson County constituents that were buried in thousands of email communications that came from around the state and the country. Evidently, there was a campaign to cover us up, and the end result is that I’m having a hard time communicating with my constituents.
In the midst of writing up a report on these two bills, we were called back into another Special Session on House Bill 2. Everyone knows how controversial that bill has been. I didn’t vote on that bill originally because I was out of the country, and that has meant that I’m a natural choice to try to facilitate some resolution of issues surrounding HB2. My hope for a “One Day, One Bill, Go Home” type of session hasn’t panned out, in part because the City of Charlotte didn’t originally just repeal its ordinance as a predicate to the General Assembly repealing HB2 (putting everything back to where it was early last year). We are now bogged down, and I’m not sure where things will end up.
Meanwhile, the NC Supreme Court issued its decision in the Asheville water case, and the State announced the acquisition of the Hole-in-the-Donut tract at DuPont State Recreational Forest. In a normal week, either of these developments would be my focus, but not this week.
To add to my predicament, I’m in Raleigh on my 30th Anniversary and missing the closing on the purchase of my former camp property.
The bottom line is that I’m going to probably stay occupied here, and then I’m going to honor my commitment to my wife and head out of town.
But my other commitment is to my constituents. I need to explain, as best I can, what has happened on all of these matters — HB17, SB4, HB2, the Asheville water case, and the DuPont land acquisition. I suspect these explanations can wait until the New Year, before the upcoming Long Session of the General Assembly occurs.