NC General Assembly Summary: Tuesday, June 4

Jun 4, 2014

North Carolina's Old Capitol building (background) and the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (foreground)
Credit Jorge Valencia

The State House of Representatives is putting together its budget proposal. Here's a summary of that story and others from the General Assembly on Tuesday:

Members of the House are focusing on their budget proposal for the fiscal year. Yesterday, they had their first formal public hearings on subjects like transportation, health care and education. They’ll likely be busy with these deliberations through next week.

Also in the House, lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal to get rid of the national Common Core standards for public schools. An education committee recommended writing a new set of standards for North Carolina. The same committee also recommended a bill that would allow public school teachers to take part in student-led prayers.

In business: patent trolls. The House unanimously passed a bill to deter people from suing patent holders in order to win licensing fees or money in court.

And on a lighter note: The Senate beat the House of Representatives in the fifteenth annual milk chugging contest over lunch. Three senate staff members drank two pints of milk one second faster than three representatives.

Look ahead: The House of Representatives will likely not take up a regulatory reform bill that has been passed by the Senate before the week of June 16, said Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Buncome).

The bill, which we had expected to be heard this week, will likely be deliberated in committee after the House finalizes its budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Moffitt said on Tuesday afternoon. The central goal of the legislature’s short legislative session is to adjust the budget approved in the previous year’s session. House members are expected to vote on it next week.