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May 15, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Education

WRAL-NEWS: State board chairman calls for changes to Achievement School District law

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey would like to see "some tweaks in the legislation" before the board chooses which low-performing schools will be included in the state's new Achievement School District, he told WRAL News last week.

Environment & Natural Resources

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC legislation’s ‘a perfect opportunity to ruin Lake Norman’

Sen. Jeff Tarte was one of only two Republicans to vote on April 24 against a Senate bill that would eliminate the 50-foot shoreline buffer that protects the Catawba River and its lakes from runoff and stream bank erosion.

ELIZABETH CITY DAILY ADVANCE: Senate budget includes wind energy halt

The N.C. Senate's proposed state budget includes a moratorium on state approval of any new wind energy projects that is expected to meet stiff opposition in the state House.

WITN-NEWS: 26 counties will no longer require emissions testing

North Carolina environmental officials say the state's air has become clean enough that only 22 of its 100 counties still have to conduct vehicle emissions testing.

Justice & Public Safety

WNCN-NEWS: NC House bill seeks human trafficking education, service funds

North Carolina has laws punishing human traffickers, but some House members say more must be done to prevent young women from entering the forced sex trade and help those rescued from it get their lives back on track.

WRAL-NEWS: ‘Raise the age’ gathers steam

As Rep. Chuck McGrady introduced House Bill 280 to the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning, he noted that not only had a majority of the committee signed on as co-sponsors, but that Senate leaders had also taken the unusual step of including a House policy bill in their budget proposal, albeit with some changes.

Local Government

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Redistricting: Asheville mayor, GOP lawmakers vs. Republican leadership

An effort to fundamentally change how the state draws political lines has created unusual allies.

Senate Budget Proposal

ASHEBORO COURIER TRIBUNE: Senate Oks budget; House’s turn next

The Senate voted 32-15 early Friday along party lines to approve Republican leaders' budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

WBTV-NEWS: Highlights of North Carolina state Senate’s budget bill

Highlights of the $22.9 billion budget for North Carolina state government for the 2017-18 fiscal year tentatively approved Thursday by the state Senate.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Here’s how the NC Senate budget compares with Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal

N.C. Senate Republicans have major disagreements with Gov. Roy Cooper on how much to spend in next year's budget and whether to cut taxes. Cooper released his budget proposal in early March and touted its plans for teacher raises, Medicaid expansion and other major projects.

Transportation

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Study finds NC population growth drives more wear and tear on roadways, bridges

North Carolina's population growth is taking on the state's roads, a cost that current state funding is not meeting, a national transportation lobbying group said Thursday.

Veto Overridden

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC hog farms win legal protections; Senate overrides Cooper’s veto

North Carolina's hog farms won an extra measure of protections from lawsuits Thursday, after the state Senate overrode a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper, who had sought to preserve the right of property owners to sue farmers over quality-of-life issues.