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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Senate considers new reforms of mental
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
Proposed tougher penalties for human trafficking passed an N.C. Senate
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
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
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.