Apr 3, 2017

NC Politics in the News


NEWS & OBSERVER: No quick move to ease class-size mandate, lawmakers say

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.

HB 2

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 counties.

Health Care

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Attorney general visits Wilmington to discuss opioids

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 Health Committee

A comprehensive bipartisan measure designed to decrease opioid abuse and overdoses has been changed but still has cleared a House panel

Leadership Changes

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 governors

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 state House

Durham County Democrats voted to appoint Chief District Judge Marcia Morey to the N.C. House District 30 seat Thursday night.

Regulatory Reform

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 Democrats’ objections

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 disabled veterans

Fully disabled veterans in North Carolina would get a larger exemption from property taxes under legislation the state House unanimously approved Wednesday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislation would end impact fees on development in NC

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.