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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina Senator Chuck Edwards was the guest speaker at the Asheville Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) virtual meeting Friday morning.

He touched on a number of different topics on Feb. 26 – from his committee’s work plans, to updates on new bills filed in the legislature and vaccination efforts underway in the mountains.

RALEIGH, N.C. –Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) filed Senate Bill 297, “Homeschool Tax Credit,” with Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) and Senator Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell). If signed into law, the bill would provide families a tax credit of $1,000 for every homeschooled student that meets all state home school requirements.

RALEIGH — The state Senate has passed a new version of a bill that would require N.C. sheriffs to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two years after Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a similar effort.

The new bill, however, has a major concession: It only requires sheriffs to hold suspected illegal immigrants for ICE agents if the person is in jail on suspicion of committing a violent crime.

RALEIGH — Republican legislation ordering North Carolina sheriffs to note the immigration status of jail inmates and assist federal agents who want to detain them received state Senate approval on Thursday.

The legislation passed along partisan lines after a divisive debate that touched on race and ethnicity. The bill generally echoes a 2019 measure that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper successfully vetoed. Now, as then, the GOP’s House and Senate majorities aren’t veto-proof. Immigration enforcement bills are popular with the Republicans' voter base.

Forces NC sheriffs to act on requests

RALEIGH — Lumberton’s resident state senator and his Republican colleagues pushed legislation requiring North Carolina’s sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration authorities out of the Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 101 requires sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when dealing with suspected illegal immigrants already in jail for committing a violent crime who have detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The legislation passed along partisan lines after a heated debate that touched on race and ethnicity. The legislation now goes to the House.