Dale R. Folwell
N.C. House of Representatives
District 74 -Winston-Salem
(919) 733-5787 Dale.Folwell@ncleg.net
A list of legislation I introduced & passed
into law from 2005 – 2009
- Simplify Building Standards for Pre-K Classes– This bill saves the state and property tax payers money because Pre-K classrooms will not have to be refitted or renovated if they already meet the building standards for Kindergarten classrooms. HB 1031 was passed by the House and Senate in 2009 and signed by the Governor.
- Schools Notified of Gang Violence- This bill authorizes law enforcement agencies to publish criminal intelligence information pertaining to gang violence and activity to a principal of a school affected by gang activity, when there is imminent danger to students, personnel, or property. HB 1327 was passed by the House and Senate in 2009 and signed by the Governor.
- Every Child Ready to Learn- This bill moves the kindergarten entrance age from October 16 to August 31 to help reduce as much as a two year age span among classmates. Such a wide age span often results in significant challenges to students and teachers because of cognitive differences and children being subjected to unnecessary humiliation. North Carolina had one of the “latest” dates in the US, which put our kids at a competitive disadvantage. Elizabeth Weil of the New York Times magazine did a seven page expose’ on this issue.
- Vertical Drivers Licenses/ Under 21- This bill helps prevent sales of alcohol and tobacco to underage customers by creating a vertical driver’s license issued exclusively for new drivers under age 21. This legislation was passed in the 2008 session at NO COST TO TAXPAYERS.
- Nicholas Adkins School Bus Safety– This bill helps to ensure the safety of North Carolina’s school children and aids in reducing the number of fatalities caused each year by using video recording systems to detect and prosecute those who pass stopped school buses. HB 440 was named after Nicholas Adkins, a 16 year-old resident from Rockingham County, who was struck and killed by a driver that passed the “Stop” bus sign and hit Nicholas as he was about to board the bus. Bus Stop Arm Violation- This bill prevents any motorist who is guilty of passing a stopped school bus from receiving a Prayer for Judgment Continuance. And, according to an investigative report by CNN’s Paula Zahn, gives North Carolina the toughest stop arm law in the United States. Every school day in NC, 2,300 people pass a stopped school bus. That is over 400,000 per year. (more…)