North Carolina Republicans have gone completely off the deep end this week. The state GOP unveiled a bill that would nullify the Constitution, allowing North Carolina to declare a state religion. Now, yet another bill is being proposed by Republicans that would finally mandate universal background checks on people, but not to buy guns. This background check would be a requirement for those seeking federal aid such as food stamps and housing assistance.
The News Observer reports that HB 392 would requires all social services offices “to conduct a criminal background check on all applicants and recipients of federal food and cash assistance under legislation Republican lawmakers say is necessary to protect the integrity of the programs.”
The North Carolina Association of County Boards of Social Services says that the bill would likely dissuade individuals and families from seeking help because “if people think they are going to be prosecuted or arrested for even seeking our services, that’s a big concern for us.” Another point of concern is who will be paying the checks to be done, but Republicans refused to address that concern and approved the bill for a full House vote later this week.