Legislative Record

SB 19/S.L. 2016-86

Uniform Recording Fees-Recording Fees

This Act adjusts the uniform fee for recording deeds of trust with the register of deeds in order to comply with closing disclosure requirements established by the Federal Truth in Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Acts.  (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 6-30-16

SB 37/S.L. 2015-296
Waive Tuition/Fallen Officer was Guardian

This Law provides a tuition waiver for survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters, or rescue squad workers, and certain others, and also applies to the children whose legal guardians or legal custodians are law enforcement officers, firefighters, or rescue squad workers.  (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 10-30-15

SB 43/ S.L. 2015-115

Commercial Drivers License Qualification Standards

This Law extends the period immediately preceding the date of application from 90 days to one year in which a military veteran seeking a waiver of the commercial skills test must have been regularly employed and to provide a military veteran with an additional method of satisfying the certification requirement in G.S. 20-37.13.  (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 6-24-15

SB 372/S.L. 2015-11

Renewable Energy Safe Harbor

This Act provides a safe harbor for renewable energy projects that are substantially completed by January 1, 2016, by extending the tax credit for renewable energy property one year for such projects.

Bill became law on 4-30-15

SB 423/S.L. 2015-135

Foster Care Family Act

This Act aligns state law with federal law providing for the support of healthy development of youth in foster care through implementation of parent standard for decisions made by a foster parent or designated official for a child care institution; revises laws pertaining to juvenile placement under the juvenile code;  provides liability insurance for foster parents, to reduce barriers to obtain a drivers license for foster children; and clarifies that foster parents do not violate financial responsibility requirements by allowing foster children with their own insurance coverage to operate a vehicle owned by the foster parent; and requires the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to study a Medicaid waiver for children with serious emotional disturbance.  (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 7-02-15

(Parts 2 and 4 became law on 10-01-15)

SB 481/S.L. 2016-103

Fund Small Business/DOR Rulings/City Right of Way

This Law enacts the North Carolina Providing Access To Capital For Entrepreneurs and Small Business Act to provide public disclosure of written determinations made by the NC Department of Revenue and to prohibit cities from charging fees for utility use of right-of-way.  (Co-Sponsored).

Bill became law on 7-22-16

SB 541/ S.L. 2015-237 
Regulate Transportation Network Companies

With the rise of transportation network companies (Uber), the Legislature took action to regulate these companies in order to ensure the safety of consumers.  The Law requires drivers to pass background checks and have their cars inspected.  It also requires companies to have their drivers and cars insured for liability purposes.  Lastly, the Law ensures that consumers are not discriminated against based on the point of destination and departure.  (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 9-04-15

SB 676/ S.L. 2015-271-

Autism Health Insurance Coverage

This Law provides coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 10-15-15

SB 372/S.L. 2013-340

Omnibus County Legislation

Senator Ford sponsored an amendment to SB 372 to increase the participation of women-owned and disadvantaged minority-owned businesses as it relates to informal bidding procedures with the NC Department of Transportation (DOT).  This Law increases the threshold amount for DOT contracts from $1.2 million to $2.5 million. (Co-Sponsored)

Bill became law on 7-23-13

HB 372/ S.L. 2015-245 –

Medicaid/Transformation and Reorganization

Senator Joel Ford successfully sponsored an amendment to HB 372 (page 4, line 23) which enables small businesses to have an equal opportunity to participate in the provider networks established by commercial insurers and provider-led entities (PLEs).  This Law revamps our current state’s Medicaid program.  It allows out-of-state managed care companies and provider-led entities to manage our state’s Medicaid program.  The Law also creates a new department to oversee Medicaid and prompts the NC General Assembly to confirm the department head. The current Medicaid primary care case management (PCCM) program would be discontinued to provide funding for increased Medicaid rates to primary care physicians.

Bill became law on 9-23-15

HB 792/ S.L. 2015-250-

Privacy/Protection From Revenge Postings

Senator Ford successfully helped to amend this bill which makes it illegal for a person to stand on their property naked with the intent of being seen by the public.  The Law makes it a felony for a person to post images of the “intimate parts” or “sexual conduct” of someone without that person’s consent.  The individual that discloses such images could face a fine up to $100,000.

Bill became law on 9-25-15

HB 636/S.L. 2013-328

Creek Name Change

Senator Ford advocated this legislation on the Senate floor.  It essentially directs the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council to change the name of N****(word) Head Creek in Union County to Salem Creek.  This legislation was long overdue.

Bill became law on 7-23-13

HB 74/S.L. 2013-413

Regulatory Reform Act of 2013

Senator Ford successfully sponsored an amendment to HB 174 as a common sense approach to limit the stockpiling of recycled materials, except when such facilities are located on lots within 200 yards of residential districts.  This Law streamlines the regulatory process to stimulate job creation, eliminates unnecessary regulation, makes statutory changes and amends certain environmental and natural resources laws.

Bill became law on 8-23-13


Other North Carolina Accomplishments:

Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI): 

Senator Ford successfully advocated for $100,000 in non-recurring funds from the NC Department of Commerce for the Main Street Solutions to the RWCI.  The mission of RWCI is to lead in providing quality housing, education, health, wellness and opportunity for children and families in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and Brookshire Boulevard/NC Highway 16 Project:

Senator Ford worked with the City of Charlotte and NC Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in securing necessary funding of $150,000 for the $1 million Brookshire Boulevard and Mt Holly-Huntersville Road project.  This project will improve traffic at Brookshire Boulevard (NC Highway 16) and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road intersection located in the northwest corridor connecting Mecklenburg County with Mt. Holly in Gaston County.

WT Harris Boulevard and IBM/Medical Plaza Drive Intersection Project: 

Senator Ford worked with state DOT officials to update and improve the intersection of WT Harris Boulevard and IBM/Medical Plaza Drive.

I-485 Oakdale Road Interchange: 

Senator Ford worked with state DOT officials to help in the development of the I-485 Interchange at Oakdale Road in northwest Charlotte designed to relieve congestion at the I-485 Interchange and Brookshire Boulevard.