Jun 26, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture & Natural Resources

WRAL-NEWS: Auditors find NC milk cleanliness inspections too lenient

North Carolina milk inspectors showed excessive lenience by not penalizing dairy farmers, processors and transporters after finding hundreds of sanitation violations, many of them repeat problems, a state report released Wednesday said.

Budget Deal

NEWS & OBSERVER: Gov. Roy Cooper to veto state budget bill; override expected

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he plans to veto the budget bill passed by the Republican-led legislature, citing tax cuts and teacher raises that he says are inadequate.

Economic Development

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: 8,000 jobs? NC ‘on the cusp’ of landing major project, House speaker says

More than 8,000 new jobs could be lured to North Carolina under a new corporate incentive program included in the state budget, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: State retiree health coverage to end for future NC employees

People who go to work for the state beginning January 2021 will no longer qualify for state health insurance when they retire, a provision in the budget that caught critics by surprise.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: NC lawmakers earmark resources to fight opioid addiction

Legislation moving toward the governor’s desk this week aims to knock down North Carolina’s opioid addiction crisis, but an advocate thinks leaders should do more.

Justice & Public Safety

WCNC-NEWS: Supreme Court strikes down NC law that bars convicted sex offenders from social media

The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

WRAL-NEWS: Domestic violence homicide measure heads to Cooper

North Carolina House members overwhelmingly passed "Britny's Law" Thursday by a vote of 110-2.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Senate Oks bill to expand N. Carolina’s ‘revenge porn’ law

The Senate has approved a bill to expand North Carolina's "revenge porn" law from cases involving former lovers to those involving strangers.

Local Government

NEWS & OBSERVER: Get paid to shoot ‘Powerball’ coyotes under new NC law

A new program approved in the N.C. House Thursday would put a bounty on coyotes in an effort to control the population in Richmond County.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Asheville districts bill advances in NC House

A House committee on Wednesday passed a bill to elect most Asheville City Council members by district, sending it on to consideration by the full House.

Regulatory Reform

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Sunday morning option for N Carolina alcohol sales advancing

North Carolina's changing demographics and surging specialty beverage industry are helping ease long-held reservations about expanding access to alcohol, including sales while many Christians are in the pews.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Bill cracking down on human trafficking advances in NC House

A bill to regulate North Carolina's massage parlors to crack down on human trafficking has received preliminary House approval.


GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Senate agrees driver curriculum should include police stops

North Carolina House and Senate members agree that new drivers should be taught what's considered appropriate if they are stopped by police on the road.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC Senate passes bill that identifies deaf drivers on license

The state Senate approved Thursday a bipartisan House bill that is designed to help provide better communication and interaction between deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists and law enforcement officials.

WRAL-NEWS: Tesla dealership bill pulled, for now

Legislation that would have opened the door to a half-dozen Tesla dealerships in North Carolina has been put on hold less than 24 hours after it emerged in a Senate committee.

GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: New DOT boss highlights priorities

The N.C. Department of Transportation has to speed up its schedule for delivering transportation projects statewide if it intends to compete economically with neighboring states, the new department secretary said Tuesday at the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce Power Luncheon.