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Barnes recognized for conservatism

Posted on January 10, 2022

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RALEIGH — State Sen. Lisa Barnes has been recognized with the highest honor of the Center for Legislative Accountability, the award for Conservative Excellence.

The American Conservative Union Foundation recognized Barnes for her support in education, government transparency and integrity.

Barnes, R-Nash, earned a 94% rating last week on the union's annual legislative scorecard.

The American Conservative Union analyzed more than 105,000 pieces of legislation, across all 50 states, in order to accurately show voters how legislators align with conservative principles.

While scoring, the ACU considers a wide range of issues affecting states, including taxation, government integrity and the right to life.

"It is an honor to not only receive the highest award from the American Conservative Union Foundation but also receive their support on crucial bills this past legislative session," Barnes said. "Improved government transparency and integrity is needed now more than ever, and I am proud that North Carolina passed timely and important legislation, like SB 473, into law in 2021."

During the 2021 session, SB 473 passed both chambers of the General Assembly in a bipartisan vote and was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper, a Nash County Democrat.

The law is meant to increase transparency in local governments statewide and ensure no elected official misuses a position for financial gain.

Along with SB 473, the ACU supports legislation and policy efforts that aim to strengthen government integrity, according to information from the organization.

Barnes serves as state senator for Senate District 11, comprising Nash and parts of Johnston Counties. Barnes currently sits on four committees: education; agriculture appropriations; healthcare; and agriculture, energy and environment.

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