Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Voters Could Decide On Term Limits For Legislative Leaders

Lawmakers in the state House want voters to decide on a constitutional amendment restricting the terms of the leaders of the General Assembly.

The Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate are currently allowed to serve as many two-year terms as they are able- as long as they keep winning the support of their chambers. But House Bill 61 would change that. Republican representative John Blust is from Greensboro, and says

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Voter ID Bill Moves Through Legislature

A voter ID bill that would require residents to show photo identification cards at the polls continues to move through the legislature.

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Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Hagan, Burr Want 2 Year Budget Cycle

Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr have joined several lawmakers who want the federal government to adopt a budget process similar to North Carolina's. Hagan and Burr have co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would require Congress to write budgets every two years rather than annually. Lawmakers face a government shutdown if they don't agree on a spending plan before this weekend.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed April 6, 2011

NC Extended Jobless Benefits to End

The state’s extended benefits program for the long-term unemployed is about to end. About 37-thousand people will lose their benefits.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Tue April 5, 2011

9-1-1 Drill in Greensboro

The 9-1-1 center for Guilford County and Greensboro will test its disaster readiness beginning today.  Guilford Metro will relocate to a backup facility across town until Friday morning.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri April 1, 2011

House Passes Municipal Annexation Bills

State lawmakers have tentatively voted to block two municipal annexations and postpone a third. The group of House bills are part of a broader effort to reform involuntary annexations on the books for more than 50 years. The trend is spurred by constituents who don't like paying higher taxes and city fees when their county properties are annexed by neighboring municipalities.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Fri April 1, 2011

House Considers Tort Reform

Members of the state house heard arguments from both sides yesterday on a tort reform bill making it's way through the legislature. The bill mirrors much of the medical malpractice bill passed recently by the state Senate. It would place a cap on non-economic damages and limit liability for emergency doctors. The bill also would make it harder to sue manufacturers for defective products.  Attorney Janet Ward Black from Greensboro opposes it. In a committee hearing webcast on WRAL, she said no other state has such sweeping product liability language on its books:

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

House OKs Concealed Guns In Restaurants, Parks

A bill passed in the state House would allow residents with concealed handgun permits to carry them into more public places. The measure would allow people with "concealed carry" handgun permits to bring their weapons into restaurants. This includes establishments that serve alcohol.

Republican representative Mark Hilton of Conover says the bill isn't unusual:

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Redistricting Meetings Start Today

State lawmakers charged with redistricting will meet for the first time today.  State lawmakers redraw congressional and state legislative districts every ten years, after the US Census releases new data on population changes.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Bill in Legislature Would Change State Health Plan

State employees may have to pay more for their health care next year. A bill in the legislature seeks to plug a budget hole of more than 500 million dollars in the state health plan by requiring all state workers to pay monthly premiums. The measure would also move oversight of the system from the General Assembly to the state treasurer’s office.

Mary O’Neill and Jonathan Stevenson are old hands at lobbying legislators. Last week at the General Assembly, they were ruffling through a directory of legislators’ offices, figuring out where to go next:

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