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 following spring.

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 Assembly 2017

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.

Constitutional Convention

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.

Economic Development

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 struggle

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 superintendent.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC lawmakers will study how to break up large school districts

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 Assembly 2017

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 Assembly 2017

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 legislative OK

The General Assembly has given final approval to expand North Carolina's "revenge porn" law to cases beyond those where the people already had relationships.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Sunday hunting, nonprofit gambling bills pass NC legislature

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 latest session

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, study says

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 driver ed

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.