Apr 24, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WRAL-NEWS: Proposal would limit state economic incentives to Triangle
A bill advancing in the Senate would redirect some state business
recruitment incentives away from the Triangle to help boost economic
development in poorer areas of the state.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in
State officials say North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
dropped to 4.9 percent in March, a drop from 5.1 percent in the prior
NEWS & OBSERVER: Optimism rises that NC lawmakers may move to save
school arts, PE programs
School advocacy groups were hopeful Friday that the Senate would soon act
on a bill that school districts say is needed to prevent thousands of
potential teacher layoffs and cuts in art, music and physical education
classes in North Carolina elementary schools.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NC’s long summer vacations are being
For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and
end of summer vacation for public schools.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Should ‘right to work’ be added to NC
constitution? Bill clears NC House committee
North Carolina is already a "right to work" state that has banned mandatory
union dues since 1947, but N.C. House Republicans want to have a voter
referendum on adding the policy to the state constitution.
WRAL-NEWS: Cooper vetoes court, elections bills
Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday issued the second and third vetoes of his
administration, rejecting bills that would cut the size of the state Court
of Appeals and would combine the state boards that oversee elections and
Justice & Public Safety
SALISBURY POST: Warren proposes limited ID cards for undocumented
Undocumented immigrants could obtain state-issued identification under a
bill introduced last week by state Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan.
SAMPSON INDEPENDENT: Bell will not seek 10th term
Just a few months into his ninth term in the N.C. House of Representatives,
Dr. Larry M. Bell has announced that he will not seek a 10th, saying it was
time for a younger person to bring their insight and leadership to the
GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Bill to reform DSS bears watching,
A complete revamp of the state's social services system is proposed in
legislation touting the reformation of the state's child welfare system.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
WRAL-NEWS: Wastewater spray bill moves forward
House leaders are pushing ahead with a proposal to require state
environmental regulators to allow the disposal of landfill wastewater and
fluids that leak out by spraying it into the air over their property
without a permit.
OUTER BANKS VOICE: Cook tacks bag ban repeal onto environmental regs
The latest attempt to roll back North Carolina's plastic bag ban for Outer
Banks communities in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties has been attached to
Senate Bill 434, an omnibus environmental laws bill.
WRAL-NEWS: Effort to freeze NC’s renewable energy requirements renewed
Conservative lawmakers are making another run at ending state subsidies to
renewable energy firms by freezing requirements that utilities purchase
some of their energy from solar farms, wind farms and other producers of
WRAL-NEWS: Brewery bill taps out of committee
A push to let breweries to self-distribute more beer and give them more
power in distribution contracts has gone flat after organized opposition
from wholesalers and distributors.
Taxes & Revenue
NEWS & OBSERVER: Budget hole projected If $1 billion tax-cut plan
passes NC legislature
The state Senate's proposal to cut $1 billion in taxes over the next two
years will lead to budget shortfalls starting in the 2018-19 fiscal year,
according to an analysis produced by the General Assembly's Fiscal Research
WCII-NEWS: Committee rejects bills on highway speeds and towing
North Carolina lawmakers have rejected a pair of driving bills -- one
involving highway speeds and the other directing vehicles of motorists
cited for driving without a license be towed away.