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Jun 9, 2014

NC Politics in the news - June 9, 2014

POLICY WATCH

The House set for debut this week is expected to hew more closely to Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan, rather than the sharp direction outlined by the state Senate.
 
It is unclear if it will be enough to satisfy the film community, which was in Raleigh Wednesday to lobby legislators on the importance of continuing the state's incentive program. 
 
Raleigh Gov. Pat McCrory’s signing of major energy legislation into law Wednesday sets the stage for preliminary exploration of North Carolina’s shale gas potential, with the state government taking the lead where private industry has been reluctant to commit.
 
Gov. Pat McCrory and top lawmakers want to control the cost of the insurance program for the poor and disabled. But budgets put forward by the governor and state Senate take radically different approaches, prompting skepticism from both outside critics and House budget writers.
 
A House judiciary subcommittee will likely make some changes to a bill that would open North Carolina’s skies to the personal, commercial and government use of unmanned aircraft vehicles, or drones, before sending it to the House floor this session.
 
 State senators had a lot of questions Thursday during their first committee hearing on Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed plan to clean up the state's 33 coal ash pits.
 
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
 
The prospects of the state’s economic development marketing efforts shifting to a new public-private partnership took a major step forward Thursday as the House tentatively endorsed the concept.
 
Pinehurst No. 2, will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open golf tournaments in back-to-back weeks on its restored 18-hole layout, beginning with practice rounds Monday.
 
ELECTIONS & CAMPAIGNS
 
North Carolina Democratic and Republican activists are gathering for a weekend of speeches from national and state political notables at state convention gatherings.