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Rep. Brisson participates in Sampson Town hall Meeting
Posted: Jan 25, 2013

Brisson speaks at Sampson Town Hall ForumChris Berendt/Sampson Independent
Thursday's town hall meeting allowed local residents and business people, as well as government and school officials, a face-to-face forum with their lawmakers. In attendance were: District 21 Rep. Larry Bell (D-Sampson), District 10 Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson) and District 22 Rep. William Brisson (D-Bladen, Johnston, & Sampson) ...Read Full Story here

Brisson lone Democrat on House Appropriations subcommittee list
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 2:25 PM EST
Updated: Dec 18, 2012 3:29 PM EST
By: Jon Evans

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – House Speaker Thom Tillis on Tuesday announced his subcommittee chairs for the House Appropriations Committee. The list includes just one Democrat, Rep. William Brisson of Bladen County, who will be one of three co-chairs for the subcommittee on Health & Human Services. Rep. Brisson did vote with the Republican majority several times in 2011-12 sessions to override vetoes by Governor Bev Perdue, and to pass controversial legislation.
"I am a people person, and I came here to represent all people," Rep. Brisson said when asked if the votes may have played a part in the appointment. "If it (a bill) is good for the people of eastern North Carolina, then I will support it no matter who introduced it. At the end of the day that's what it's all about." ...Read Full Story here

Representative William Brisson Visits Tar Heel Middle School!
Friday, October 19, 2012

Brisson visits Tar Heel Middle SchoolRepresentative William Brisson came to Tar Heel on Friday, October 19, 2012 to answer questions the Fifth grade students ask him. He stated that he enjoyed working at the capital because he could help the people from our community. He encouraged the students to work hard in school because they never knew where they would be in the future. Brisson commented, "What a joy to speak to the 5th graders at Tar Heel Middle School! They were very attentive and had many creative questions."

Brissons help WBHS create a ‘community garden’
October 21, 2012

Brissons Donate for Community GardenDUBLIN — West Bladen High’s Future Farmers of America have chosen to establish a “community garden” to assist needy families in the area. The project is being led by FFA Chaplain Donna Davis, and members will be working closely with the Bladen Baptist Association to grow and distribute fresh, healthy produce. William Brisson and Nelson Brisson, two local farmers, have donated the use of land near the high school’s campus for the project. They have also donated four flats of collard plants and four bags of fertilizer to get things started. The Brisson brothers have been farming for about 35 years and said they saw this as an opportunity to help the community and support the West Bladen FFA and agriculture department....Read Full Story here

NC House 2013 Opening Ceremony
Posted: Jan 9, 2013
Video Courtesy: WRAL News

Raleigh, N.C. — The General Assembly opened its 2013 session Wednesday amid pomp, with some lawmakers sporting boutonniéres, family members on the House and Senate floors and Gov. Pat McCrory joining a crowded gallery....Read Full Story here

Rep. Brisson meets with Sampson Co. Board of Education
Posted: Jan 23, 2013

Brisson speaks at Sampson Town Hall ForumLauren Williams/Sampson Independent
N.C. Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson and state Reps. William D. Brisson, D-Bladen, Johnston, &Sampson, and Larry Bell, D-Sampson, joined members of the Sampson County Board of Education and other local education officials Tuesday morning to talk about school issues,with the hope that, once these concerns are heard in Raleigh, resolutions or improvements can be made. ...Read Full Story here

North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research releases Effectiveness Ratings for 2011 NC General Assembly
April 2012

Rep. William Brisson ranked 25th overall out of the 120 NC House Legislators. When comparing Democrats, he moves up to 5th Most Effective, only outranked by Jim Crawford (Current Appropriations Co-Chair), Joe Hackney (Minority Leader and past Speaker of the House), Bill Owens (Past Appropriations Chair), and Rick Glazier (Cumberland Co).

During Rep. Brisson's first term in 2007, he ranked 98th. His second term in 2009, he ranked 74th. Now in his 3rd term, he moves up to 25th. Rick Glazier came in at 24th overall, currently serving his fifth term. Crawford, Hackney, and Owens are serving in their 14th, 16th, and 9th terms respectively. Rep. Brisson has quickly advanced up in these rankings, proving that his hard work is not going unrecognized. In a modest statement Rep. Brisson only remarks "I just try to do what is right for the people of my District. Not every vote I cast is popular with every group, but it is always what I think is best for the overall population."

The survey’s purpose was to identify the most effective legislators in the General Assembly. The Center asked respondents to base their ratings on 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, his or her ethics, the enthusiasm with which they execute various legislative responsibilities, the political power they hold (by virtue of office, longevity, or personal skills), their ability to sway the opinions of fellow legislators, and their aptitude for the overall legislative process. Respondents were asked to use these criteria, as well as their own personal knowledge of the General Assembly and personal perceptions of those who serve there, in replying to the Center’s questionnaire.

Sampson Weekly Compares Candidates for NC House District 22
April 12, 2012

Each week The Sampson Weekly will feature candidates that will be in the upcoming May 8th Primary. ...Read Full Story here

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Racial Justice override off - for now

By Laura Leslie

Posted: 7:46 p.m. Jan 4, 2012
Updated: 3:45 a.m. Jan 5, 2011
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House Republican leaders sent Senate Bill 9 to the Judiciary I committee this evening after failing to muster the Democratic votes needed to override the governor's veto of the measure.

Majority Leader Skip Stam pointed out that under the House rules, S9 or any veto could technically be taken up at any time, so the bill could re-emerge later tonight. But he indicated S9 probably would not.

House Speaker Thom Tillis also named a new committee to study possible changes to the Racial Justice Act.

The House Select Committee on Racial Discrimination in Capital Cases includes Chairman Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), Paul Stam (R-Wake), Justin Burr (R-Stanly) , Sarah Stevens (R-Surry), Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes), John Faircloth (R-Guilford), Tim Spear (D-Washington), Larry Hall (D-Durham), Joe Hackney (D-Orange), and Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth).

The deal to send the issue to committee for further study was brokered by Reps. Jim Crawford (D-Granville) and Bill Brisson (D-Bladen).

"It's obvious we do have a problem" with the Racial Justice Act, said Brisson. But he said the fact that Tillis and his staff were willing to negotiate proves they value the concept behind the law.

"They didn't want to throw it in the trash can," Brisson said. "They just want to get it right."

Meantime, the Senate, which finished its business earlier, has been asked to stay, which wouldn't be necessary to adjourn, so it seems likely some other issue could yet come up - possibly an override of another veto, like S709, the drilling and fracking bill.

NC Now Interviews Rep. William Brisson
April 14, 2011

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Rep. William Brisson speaks with Kelly McCullen on Legislative Week in Review concerning the Health and Human Services Budget Proposal

2011 NC Legislative Session Begins
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NC Legislative Building As expected, Republican Thom Tillis was elected as Speaker of the House for the 2011-2012 Session. On Thursday, we received our Standing Committee Assignments. I am pleased to be serving on the following committees for this session:
Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Public Utilities, Transportation, and VICE CHAIR for Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
Also, I will be keeping my same office in the Legislative Building so my contact info will remain unchanged.

16 W. Jones Street, Room 1325
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

An HONEST and POSITIVE Ad from Rep. William Brisson