Jul 3, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WILSON TIMES: State lawmakers put long session on pause
When the legislature adjourns its "long session" in odd-numbered years,
lawmakers typically stay home until the "short session" begins the
WRAL-NEWS: Legislative session filled with hits, misses
State lawmakers left Raleigh early Friday after a 93-day legislative
session in which they fulfilled their constitutional obligation to pass a
budget for the coming year and accomplished several other goals on the
Republican majority's agenda.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
NEWS & OBSERVER: Wind moratorium, leachate, bags: NC General
One of the 2017 legislative session’s more vivid bills dealt with what one
environmentalist attorney dubbed “garbage juice in a snowblower.
Budget Veto Overridden
WITN-NEWS: Lawmakers finish starte budget veto override
The Republican-controlled General Assembly has made good on its promise to
override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the two-year state budget.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC legislature rejects effort to join
constitutional convention movement
In a protracted argument mostly among Republicans, the state House on
Thursday narrowly voted against requesting a national convention to make
changes to the U.S. Constitution.
NEWS & 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.
WNCT-NEWS: Judges face hard task in North Carolina school power
Judges deciding a dispute over how North Carolina's schools are run said
Thursday that they face a difficult task in ruling on the power balance
between legislators, the state school board and the statewide
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC lawmakers will study how to break up large
North Carolina lawmakers will study how to break up the state's large
school districts after turning down a proposal to also look at how to merge
small school systems.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Teaching Fellows, Pre-K, class size: NC General
North Carolina will pay college tuition costs for students who commit to
teaching science, technology, engineering, math or special education within
the state. The N.C. General Assembly eliminated a similar program in 2011.
Elections & Redistricting
NORTH STATE JOURNAL: General Assembly names redistricting committee
ahead of lower court order
Just before midnight Wednesday, leadership at the North Carolina General
Assembly named the lawmakers who will be instrumental in redrafting
legislative voting district lines previously thrown out by a federal court
for what they deemed were racially gerrymandered maps.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Judicial maps won’t be redrawn this session
The bill to redraw judicial districts in North Carolina will not advance
this session, the legislation's sponsor said Tuesday. Rep. Justin Burr,
R-Stanly, told The News & Observer that House Bill 717 will be taken up
when the General Assembly returns in a few months.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Legislature passes council districts bill
after altering process to draw lines
A bill to fill most seats on Asheville City Council through district
elections became law Thursday after the House amended it to allow council
to bypass a citizen commission when drawing district lines.
Justice & Public Safety
NEWS & OBSERVER: Guns, opioids, left lane drivers: NC General
The state Senate took no action on a late-session surprise bill proposed to
essentially do away with concealed handgun permits.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Bill to expand ‘revenge pron’ law gets final
The General Assembly has given final approval to expand North Carolina's
"revenge porn" law to cases beyond those where the people already had
NEWS & OBSERVER: Sunday hunting, nonprofit gambling bills pass NC
Two controversial bills that loosen rules for Sunday hunting and nonprofit
"game night" events cleared the legislature late Thursday night and are
heading to the governor’s desk.
WILMINGTON STR NEWS: NC legislators approve zip line bill
A bill that would require operators of aerial activities like zip lines to
carry liability insurance has unanimously passed the N.C. General Assembly.
WRAL-NEWS: House takes down billboard rules changes
In a sudden defeat for a leading House member, the chamber on Monday
defeated a proposal to loosen restrictions on billboards.
Resignation & Impeachment Investigation
GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: As expected, Brock leaves North Carolina
Senate for new job
A North Carolina state senator has resigned because he's joining a state
commission that hears unemployment insurance benefit claim appeals.
WRAL-NEWS: House GOP seeks to impeach secretary of state
North Carolina legislative Republicans are taking aim once again at
Democrats in the executive branch of state government.
NEWS & OBSERVER: How your taxes will change after the legislature’s
Starting in 2019, thousands of North Carolinians will see lower state
income tax bills. The standard deduction level will rise for both single
and married filers, and the income tax rate will drop.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Cameras could catch drivers passing school buses –
and lead to a hefty fine
People who illegally pass a stopped school bus could get a ticket in the
mail under a new camera system, an option schools will have under a bill
headed to Gov. Roy Cooper.
WRAL-NEWS: North Carolina’s rural roads among deadlies tin country,
Rural roadways in North Carolina follow a national trend of being more
deadly than interstate highways, a recent study shows.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Bill given final OK adds police stop behavior to
The General Assembly has given its final approval to legislation requiring
North Carolina's driver license handbooks and driver's education curriculum
in high school to teach new motorists how to act when stopped by police.