Apr 3, 2017
NC Politics in the News
NEWS & OBSERVER: No quick move to ease class-size mandate,
State Senators said Tuesday there would not be a quick "class size fix,"
despite calls from school districts and parent teacher organizations.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Should NC borrow $1.9 billion for school
construction? School boards, counties propose bond
Voters could be asked to borrow $1.9 billion for statewide school
construction needs next year under a proposal presented Tuesday by groups
representing county commissioners and school boards.
WRAL-NEWS: Study aims to end school calendar wars
Despite criticism from a coastal lawmaker, a proposal to study the effect
on student performance of moving up the start date of the school year in 20
North Carolina counties is moving forward in the House.
WRAL-NEWS: Teaching Fellows revival moves forward with broad support
House Bill 339 might be the easiest bill Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, ever has
pushed in the state House.
Energy & the Environment
ELIZABETH CITY DAILY ADVANCE: Cook back limits on wind projects
Months after calling for the Amazon Wind Farm US East to be shut down over
its proximity to a military radar facility, Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, is
sponsoring legislation imposing new regulations on wind farms.
KINSTON FREE PRESS: Bill would rollback NC renewable energy standards
A bill introduced by a pair of eastern North Carolina representatives would
curb the amount of the state's energy portfolio that must come from
renewable sources by 2021.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: HB 2 off the books as Gov. Roy Cooper signs
compromise into law
The General Assembly on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals
House Bill 2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Attorney general visits Wilmington to discuss
Wilmington is ground zero for the nationwide opioid epidemic, but as a
result, the Port City is ahead of other areas in combating it, N.C.
Attorney General Josh Stein said Monday during a panel discussion with
community leaders at city hall.
WITN-NEWS: Bill designed to decrease opioid abuse approved by House
A comprehensive bipartisan measure designed to decrease opioid abuse and
overdoses has been changed but still has cleared a House panel
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cooper’s health agency choice clears 1 st hurdle easily
Despite her links to the Affordable Care Act and Gov. Roy Cooper's push to
expand the state's Medicaid program, Dr. Mandy Cohen was unanimously
recommended Wednesday for confirmation as secretary of the North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC Senate elects six members to UNC board of
The N.C. Senate in Raleigh elected six members Wednesday to the UNC board
of governors, which manages the 17 schools within the UNC system.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Durham judge Marcia Morey to step off bench into
Durham County Democrats voted to appoint Chief District Judge Marcia Morey
to the N.C. House District 30 seat Thursday night.
ASHEBORO COURIER TRIBUNE: Here’s why NC craft brewers could expand
under a new House bill
Craft breweries in Charlotte and across North Carolina say they could
expand under a bill introduced Monday by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
WRAL-NEWS: House Oks guns during church services at religious schools
The state House voted 82-34 Monday night in favor of legislation allowing
concealed weapons at schools that are used for religious services after
tweaking it to exempt public schools.
Taxes & Revenue
WNCT-NEWS: Bill beefing up North Carolina reserve rules clears Senate
It appears North Carolina legislators will soon send to Gov. Roy Cooper a
more meticulous savings method to prepare for that next big state
government fiscal emergency.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Income tax cuts clear NC Senate committee over
Major corporate and personal income tax cuts are moving forward in the N.C.
Senate, although some Democrats are opposing them because they worry the
state will lose billions of dollars in needed revenue.
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: NC House approves property tax break for
Fully disabled veterans in North Carolina would get a larger exemption from
property taxes under legislation the state House unanimously approved
NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislation would end impact fees on development
As new residents continue to pour into the Triangle, cities and towns here
have come to rely on fees levied on developers to help pay for roads,
utilities and other public services that their growing communities need.