Lawmakers at the General Assembly have begun the process of reviewing both chambers' budgets as they look ahead to crafting a final spending plan.
Tuesday morning, Senate appropriations committees met to discuss the House's budget, which was approved last week. Some committees reviewed the differences between the two chambers' spending plans.
A bill that would force Duke Energy to shut down its coal ash ponds in the state passed the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee unanimously today and heads to the Finance Committee.
The House Education Committee passed a bill that would allow student organizations at public universities and community colleges to bar leaders who don't share the group's beliefs.
And a Latino coalition lobbied lawamkers to give in-state tuition rates to students who are not here legally.