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Lawmaker to offer update of legislative issues

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N.C. Sen. Rick Horner, R-Wilson

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By LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A local lawmaker is set to provide a legislative update today at Braswell Memorial Library.

N.C. Sen. Rick Horner, R-Wilson, will answer questions from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Warner meeting room. The event is hosted by the League of Women Voters Twin Counties. The public is invited.

Horner, who represents parts of Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties, won his District 11 seat last year. He spent 14 years on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education.

During today's meeting, Horner will focus on current legislative issues, including redistricting, public education, health care, the economy and remaining concerns after the partial repeal of HB2.

Horner was educated in Nash County public schools and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in business administration. His career has focused on the securities industry and commercial insurance, specializing in agribusiness and education. Horner also served four terms as chairman of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education. A leader in the district’s $146 million building program, his focus was on cutting expenses and finding more funds for schools without increasing property taxes.

After moving to Wilson, Horner served two years on the Wilson County Community College Board of Trustees. He recently has introduced Senate Bill 541, which offers some remedies to deal with the challenges imposed by the N.C. General Assembly’s requirement that K-3 class sizes be capped.

The League of Women Voters Twin Counties is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The organization influences public policy through education and advocacy. Women and men are invited to attend meetings and events and to become members. More information is available online at lwvtwincounties@gmail.com.

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