Jun 19, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture & Natural Resources

WNCT-NEWS: Sunday hunting in North Carolina expanded in advancing bill

Hunters’ opportunities to shoot game on Sundays would be expanded under legislation moving through the Senate, less than two years after it became legal.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Cooper scrutinizing bill authorizing landfill water spray

Legislation telling North Carolina regulators to authorize spraying liquid collected under landfills into the air over a small area will get a close look from Gov. Roy Cooper.

Budget Negotiations

WRAL-NEWS: Budget deal expected Monday

After two weeks of closed-door negotiations, House and Senate leaders predict they'll have a final budget deal to unveil Monday.

Economic Development

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC struggles to dole out film funding

The state does not intend to approve any more film or television productions for grant funding before the end of the fiscal year, according to a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Commerce.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Should cities and towns have their own sales taxes? NC House panel backs proposal

Cities and towns would be able to have their own sales taxes to raise money for infrastructure and economic development projects under a bill moving forward in the N.C. House.


NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Senate envisions non-traditional teacher prep programs

The state Senate wants to ease the teacher shortage, but critics said a bill passed Monday will make it hard for people to switch careers to teach.

Elections & Legislative Districts

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: US Supreme Court won’t speed up return of remap rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Thursday to speed up returning to North Carolina its rulings in the case of nearly 30 legislative districts that have been declared illegal racial gerrymanders.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC has no elections board until Cooper makes appointments – but he’s suing

The board that oversees elections and government ethics in North Carolina has no members because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper hasn't appointed anyone as he continues his court challenge against the law merging the two boards.

Health Care

GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Senate considers new reforms of mental health services

A Senate panel has passed legislation to accelerate mental health Medicaid reform and free up nearly $1 billion in frozen assets to provide more behavioral health services.

Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: Senate approves changes to child protective services

The state Senate voted Monday night to approve changes to the state's child welfare and foster care system, but the major system overhaul originally proposed has been scaled back for now.

WECT-NEWS: “Safe Harbor” bills gets final approval, headed to Gov’s desk

Proposed tougher penalties for human trafficking passed an N.C. Senate committee Tuesday.

Regulatory Reform

WRAL-NEWS: House panel rolls out annual regulatory reform proposal

In what's become an annual hallmark of the approaching end of session, House lawmakers rolled out this year's regulatory reform omnibus in committee Wednesday.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Local control is at the root of a billboard battle in Raleigh

The perennial battle pitting the billboard industry and its ardent supporters against a host of passionate critics has returned to the General Assembly with a vengeance this session.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Compromise proposed in battle over newspaper legal notices

State House legislators want to scale back a controversial Senate plan to end requirements for government legal notices to be published in newspapers -- a change that publishers say would harm "the public's right to know."


NEWS & OBSERVER: NC airports to get $35.4 million in improvements

Improvements are on the way for 11 North Carolina airports following approval of $35.4 million in state funding for aviation projects by the N.C. Board of Transportation.