The number one most disappointing decision made by the Legislature last year was the refusal to participate in Medicaid expansion, that would have initially been 100% paid by the federal government. As a result, more than a half million of North Carolina's most vulnerable and needy citizens will not be able to see a doctor when they are sick.
The limited resources we have available to care for our Medicaid patients are in danger of being strained further by Governor McCrory's plan to move to managed care. I will oppose any efforts to privatize our Medicaid system. An unnecessary for profit middle man will inevitably lead to higher costs and more importantly, greater rationing of care.
One of the many reasons I voted against the budget was eligibility cuts to the aged, blind and disabled. When faced with difficult budget decisions, this Legislature has continually chosen to give tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of North Carolina's most needy citizens.
I voted against fracking in North Carolina, because the permanent risk to our ground water is not worth the temporary benefit of a few jobs that will go mostly to out of state workers. Any energy gain would also go directly into the open market and bring little pecuniary gain to North Carolina.
Passing legislation to clean-up after the disastrous coal ash spill in January should have been one of the first bills we sent to the Governor this session. I will continue to fight to ensure our drinking water is safe and that Duke Energy does not pass the cost of cleaning up North Carolina’s coal ash ponds onto their consumers.
I voted against suspending the Jordan Lake Rules, that were worked on by all stake holders for many years. Jordan Lake is a source for Cary's drinking water, and we should be everything we can to ensure it is safe and clean.
I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club and received a perfect 100% approval rating from the North Carolina League of conservation Voters, who gave me the Green Tie award for rising stars in the Legislature. I was recently named to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and will continue to fight for our natural resources.
Duane’s #1 priority is to restore teaching positions and increase their pay.
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature he will also oppose the further expansion of charter programs that are starving our public schools. Instead of diverting our already scarce tax dollars to benefit the few, we should be concentrating on solutions to make ALL of our schools better!
Two of the most effective ways to achieve this long term goal is to restore funding for Smart Start and More at Four.
The best jobs program will always be to ensure we provide our children with a world class education. The Raleigh – Cary area has been on countless lists of the best places to work and do business in the nation.
The best way for us to make sure we remain among the most desirable places for businesses to relocate and to grow is to continue offering a well educated workforce, not by having a third world tax rate.
There is no doubt that North Carolina is facing serious budget difficulties. However, when hard choices have to be made, the absolute last thing we should be doing is to starve the very thing that made us great, education!
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature, Duane will fight to maintain a woman’s Constitutional right to choose.
The current legislature has been among the most aggressive in history in its attempt to intrude into the doctor patient relationship. Their legislation creates several new hurdles to overcome before the doctor can help. It requires every doctor to force a woman to sit where she can directly view an ultrasound of the fetus, while he describes it!
In addition to a new 24 hour waiting period, the law further forces this legislature’s right wing ideology on the woman by requiring the doctors to talk to the women about public assistance programs for the poor and to inform them that should she change her mind after all this pressure, the father will be responsible for child support.
And then, after forcing the woman to listen to government mandated speech, the law says she has to wait and think about what he told her for at least four more hours before the doctor can begin.
The new law is also intended to scare every doctor who provides abortions. If doctors don’t comply correctly, they can be sued by the woman seeking the abortion, the man who impregnated her, the woman’s other family members, or even other doctors!
Doctors already provide thorough informed consent based on their Hippocratic Oath. They should not be forced to become mouthpieces for politicians. Most importantly, we have to stop this legislature’s erosion of a woman’s right to choose!
The new Voter ID bill is a solution for a problem that does not exist. Incidents of voter fraud in North Carolina are extremely few and far between.
The result of requiring photo identification will be to prevent thousands of North Carolinians from exercising their Constitutional right to vote.
South Carolina’s Supreme Court has already struck down similar legislation based on studies that show it will result in a 20% reduction in minority voting.
Requiring photo identification will also drastically reduce the votes of the elderly, who are less likely to still possess drivers’ licenses.
This legislature has further attempted to disenfranchise voters by shrinking early voting periods and eliminating same day voting.
As a member of the North Carolina Legislature, Duane will work to ensure that more, not fewer citizens are afforded the ability to vote.
Rep. Hall, a former Juvenile attorney, was a Primary sponsor of House bill 725. After decades of trying, with a vote of 77-39, The House finally approved the creation of a Juvenile system for our 16 and 17 year olds, as 48 other states have already done. See article here.
NCLCV Announces Green Tie Winners
Rep. Duane Hall to receive "Rising Star" award for championing environment
The NC League of Conservation Voters this week announced the 2014 winners of its Green Tie Awards for outstanding pro-conservation leadership by North Carolina legislators. This year's awards recognize the leadership of six State Senators and nine State Representatives.
The Rising Star award specifically recognizes new voices at the General Assembly who make the environment a cause they champion. Rep. Hall will receive the "Rising Star" award at The League's annual Green Tie Awards Dinner. It will be held Tuesday, May 27, in Raleigh.
Rep. Duane Hall ranked in top half for most effective House Democrats!
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research has released their 2014 effectiveness rankings for Legislators. Serving in only his 1st term, Rep. Duane Hall has been ranked in the top half of all the Democrats currently serving in the NC House of Representatives.
The Center surveyed both Legislators and lobbyists for the purpose of "identifying the most effective Legislators in the General Assembly. Their ratings were based on the Legislators' participation in committee work, their skill at guiding bills through committee and floor debate, their general knowledge and expertise in special fields, the respect they command from peers, their ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold, their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process."
There are 43 Democrats currently elected to the North Carolina House. Rep. Hall was ranked by the Center as being more effective than half of his mostly more senior caucus. Despite being in the minority, Duane's ranking of 89 places him in the top three-fourths of the entire House, ahead of many in the majority. The Center also checked members' attendance and voting participation. Rep. Hall's attendance placed him in a 45th place tie among the 120 members, with a 97.2% attendance record. Duane's participation ranking for roll call votes was 97.9%.
Representative Duane Hall - October 2, 2013
Indy Week - August 7, 2013
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January 27, 2013
Rep. Duane Hall
Democrat, Wake County
Representing Cary and western parts of Raleigh, Hall said he plans to focus on pushing for alternative transportation models now that he’s on the transportation committee. “There’s really no option except to find some rail options,” he said, noting projections showing Wake County will only continue to grow.
Hall, a 45-year-old attorney, also is taking strong stances on major issues. He vows to fight a plan from leading Republican lawmakers to eliminate income taxes.
And the Democratic caucus chairman has asked him to prepare a position paper on the voter ID issue to share with the caucus as it prepares to counter any GOP efforts to impose new voting restrictions. “It really upsets me,” he said. “I want as many people to vote as they can.”
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The Raleigh news & politics blog of the Independent Weekly - Thursday, February 2, 2012
My god, is it an earthquake? Or —
And the ground is still shaking in House District 11, where Duane Hall's groundswell of support (Chris Corchiani!) caused him to get in the race.
Raleigh lawyer Duane R. Hall II is running for state House District 11, an open seat created in the latest redistricting plan. The district covers west Raleigh and eastern Cary.
Hall, a Democrat, said he is running because he disagrees with the priorities of the Republican-led legislature.
"They ran on an agenda of jobs and education," he said. "Everything they do seems to be a social agenda."
The 44-year-old N.C. State grad has been active in politics for years. He ran in House primaries in 1994 and 1996.