Apr 17, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Senate committee passes bills; trying to fix teaching pipeline

The N.C. Senate’s education committee passed this week a number of bills aimed at dealing with the state’s ongoing teacher shortage.

WRAL-NEWS: In new court filings, NC superintendent says state board has ‘severely limited’ his authority

In court documents filed this week, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says the State Board of Education has "severely limited" his authority and has either ignored or denied his requests to make staffing changes at the state education department.

Election Reform

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC bill would ease path for third-party candidates to appear on ballot

Sen. Andrew Brock, R-David, introduced Senate Bill 656 -- Electoral Freedom Act -- that would reduce the number of signatures that third-party and unaffiliated candidates need to get on the ballot.

Employment Law

WRAL-NEWS: House votes to ‘ban the box’ for some state jobs

A bill that would help people with criminal records get jobs in state government passed the House Tuesday afternoon with surprising levels of bipartisan support.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House votes to limit pain pills to address opioid epidemic

The N.C. House voted unanimously Monday night to add new regulations for pain pill prescriptions as well as take other steps to fight the opioid epidemic.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Medicaid expansion will have a rough ride in the legislature

The proposal from four Republican legislators to extend government health insurance coverage to poor adults will have a hard time getting through the legislature.

WRAL-NEWS: House approves oral chemo bill

The House voted Tuesday night to require insurance companies to offer the same coverage and co-pays for newer, pricier oral chemotherapy drugs as they do for older, less-expensive intravenous chemotherapy drugs.

Justice & Public Safety

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC taking steps to reduce solitary – but has a long way to go, study says

North Carolina routinely puts inmates in solitary confinement for minor offenses, it too often keeps them there for years, and it too frequently releases them directly into the community with little preparation for the free world, a newly released study finds.

Leadership Changes

WRAL-NEWS: NC Senate confirms 3 more of governor’s agency heads

North Carolina legislators continue to approve new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's choices to run state government agencies.

Natural Resources

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Will the NC General Assembly support oyster farmers?

The state's shellfish growers could receive a boost from Raleigh if the Marine Aquaculture Development Act becomes law, experts said.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Changes to Sunday hunting regulations rejected in NC House committee

An N.C. House committee voted down a proposal to repeal current laws for hunting on Sunday and instead empower the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission to set regulations for Sunday hunting.

Taxes & Revenue

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC House bill to repeal tax could reduce cost of auto repairs, other services

The state labor sales tax for auto repairs and other services would be repealed under a bipartisan House bill introduced Monday