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May 1, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Condolences

WRAL-NEWS: Former WRAL reported Mark Binker dies

Insider Editor Mark Binker died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday.

Crossover

DURHAM HERALD SUN: With closet cleaned at NC General Assembly, issues still remain

The Republican-controlled General Assembly just pushed past its biennial "crossover" deadline, as more than 200 bills cleared either the House or the Senate during the week.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislative road kill: Some bills start to cross, but don’t make it

Hundreds of ideas die a quiet death in the legislature.

Education

WILKES JOURNAL-PATRIOT: Compromise is reaches on class size

The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill designed to ensure new class-size requirements don't put art, music and physical education specialists out of a job.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC may change what is labeled a low-performing school

Hundreds of schools each year would avoid the stigma of being labeled by the state as low-performing under a bill unanimously approved by the state House on Wednesday.

WILSON TIMES: Campus free-speech bill passed NC House

North Carolina House members on Wednesday passed House Bill 527, Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, but not without some partisan sparring over the necessity of the legislation.

Environment & Natural Resources

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: After one bill fails, NC lawmakers file another to regulate wind energy development

As one wind-regulating measure failed in a North Carolina House committee, another bill has been filed to take its place.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Who can do eye surgery? Lawmakers back off from making changes

The months-long debate over whether optometrists can perform certain eye surgeries ended -- at least for the moment -- after the state House turned HB 36 into a study bill.

In the Courts

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Panel of NC judges backs Cooper over election changes

North Carolina judges on Friday put a temporary brake on renewed efforts by Republican state lawmakers to curtail the new Democratic governor's control over state and local elections.

Justice & Public Safety

RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL: NC House hides police video from elected officials and public

An amendment to House Bill 797 stripped the ability of city and town councils to view footage of police recordings without a court order.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Drivers who hit protesters blocking roads could be protected under NC House bill

Drivers who hit a protester who's blocking the road couldn't be sued for injuries if they "exercise due care," under a bill that passed the N.C. House on Thursday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Crime victims’ rights could be constitutional amendment

Crime victims and their families would be guaranteed certain rights in the state Constitution, if voters approve, under a bill that cleared the House on Thursday.

Leadership Changes

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper appoints Democrat to fill NC appeals court seat after GOP judge makes surprise early retirement

Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday appointed John Arrowood to fill a seat on the state Court of Appeals vacated the same day by Doug McCullough, a Republican who reaches the mandatory retirement age next month.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Brunch bill to change Sunday drinking laws is still alive, sponsor says

Supporters of North Carolina's "brunch bill" may have felt a mimosa-sized hole in their hearts Thursday night when a key legislative deadline passed without the proposal advancing.

Transportation

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Votes keep Durham-Orange light rail, bus plans on track to engineering phase

GoTriangle got the final two votes needed Friday to keep the Durham-Orange Light-Rail Transit project moving through the Federal Transit Administration's grant process.

Veto Overrides

WTVD-NEWS: General Assembly overrides Cooper’s elections board veto

Republicans in the North Carolina House and Senate have completed their override of Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to combine the state elections board and ethics commission.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Republicans override Cooper’s veto in latest clash

Republican lawmakers have voted to override new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections, the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away at executive branch power.