Jul 7, 2014

NC Politics in the News - July 7, 2014


NC Policy Watch
The House and Senate will not take up any formal business today as lawmakers prepare to negotiate over a number of bills, including the budget. A federal hearing over a package of voting changes passed last year begins in federal court today.
House and Senate negotiators began to break their budget logjam Wednesday, clearing the way for negotiations on teacher pay and lottery money—and possible adjournment.
A bill requiring Duke Energy to close all of its coal ash dumps across the state within 15 years was passed Thursday by the North Carolina House, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough.
Just before bringing down the gavel prior to a long weekend, House Speaker Thom Tillis suggested to his colleagues in the N.C. General Assembly that if they weren’t directly involved in the final budget negotiations they should stay home this week — and maybe longer.
Lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a tentative agreement on a measure to repeal and replace the state's Common Core education standards
Hemp oil can now be used legally in clinical trials in North Carolina as a treatment for intractable epilepsy. Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new law Thursday, Hope 4 Haley and Friends, which allows cannabidiol oil from help plants to be used in evidence-based studies in North Carolina
From the Bench
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder is scheduled to begin hearing arguments at 9:30 a.a. in the case of League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. North Carolina. Rep.  
Personnel Changes
Jim Fulghum, R-Wake, has withdrawn from his state Senate campaign due to illness.