Apr 24, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Economic Development

WRAL-NEWS: Proposal would limit state economic incentives to Triangle businesses

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 March

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 month.


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 challenged

For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools.

Employment Law

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.

Governor’s Vetoes

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 ethics complaints.

Justice & Public Safety

SALISBURY POST: Warren proposes limited ID cards for undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants could obtain state-issued identification under a bill introduced last week by state Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan.

Leadership Changes

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 Legislature.

GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Bill to reform DSS bears watching, officials say

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 reform bill

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 renewable energy.

Regulatory Reform

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 Division.


WCII-NEWS: Committee rejects bills on highway speeds and towing vehicles

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.