Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Triangle Transit Presenting Expansion Proposals

Triangle Transit Authority wants to hear from residents about plans for expanding bus and rail lines as the population grows. Transit experts will be on hand at a series of meetings this week to present a proposals for Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. The U.S. Census Bureau expects more than a million more people will be in the Triangle by 2030. Brad Schulz of Triangle Transit says this week's meetings get under way tonight in Raleigh:

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Senators Re-Work State Health Plan

A bill that would move the oversight of the state health plan to the treasurer's office tentatively passed the Senate today.

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Politics & Government
6:08 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Lawmakers Approve Crime Lab Reforms

State senators have voted unanimously to approve reforms that would rename the state's crime laboratory and toughen up standards.  Under the bill, the state crime lab would be known as the North Carolina Crime laboratory. Lawmakers say it's a symbolic gesture designed to help give the beleagured institution a fresh start.

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