2017 NC Legislature

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Updated 10:50 a.m., October 17, 2017

There are now no plans to hold primary elections for trial court and appeals court races next year. That's because the General Assembly has completed its override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill containing the one-time cancellation.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Thursday from a five-week hiatus, but don't expect them to consider overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes, their mandated reason for coming back to Raleigh for at least one day.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cleaned off from his desk the last remaining bills the General Assembly sent him in June by letting them become law without his signature.

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Increased efforts to discourage human trafficking in North Carolina are among one of nearly 30 additional bills that Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law.

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Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how $100 million in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get minimum levels of liability insurance.

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The latest on work performed by the North Carolina legislature as lawmakers attempt to adjourn by this weekend (all times local).

State Senator Phil Berger
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There could be term limits for the leaders of the state House and Senate under a bill moving through the legislature.

The bill could limit terms for the Speaker of the House and the Senate Leader to four consecutive two-year terms.

Budget talks will resume this week.
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Coming off a week that included a gun bill, an energy bill, and a re-mapping session, this week is likely to be a bit quitter on Jones Street.

That could leave time to work on the budget.

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Republican legislators in North Carolina have refused to hold a special session demanded by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to redraw General Assembly districts, saying his proclamation is faulty and unconstitutional.

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House Republicans are taking a turn in the budget spotlight as they detail their spending plan for the state. The $22.9 billion spending plan calls for about $350 million in tax cuts, provides teacher raises and more for state retirees. This budget is closer to the plan passed by the Republican-led state Senate, than the vision laid out by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.

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Republican House budget committee members made it clear Thursday that they disagree with several spending cuts and policy provisions the Senate GOP approved in its state budget proposal two weeks ago.

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Updated at 11 a.m., May 22, 2017

State lawmakers were handed their latest legal defeat Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two of the state's congressional districts because race played too large a role in their creation. Since 2011, more than a dozen Republican-backed bills have been struck down in federal and state courts.

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Updated 11:50 a.m., 4/28/2017

Thursday's crossover deadline came and went with a bang. Debate got heated when House Minority Leader Darren Jackson (D-Wake) objected to a final vote on House Bill 113. The measure allows for private citizens to take their local governments and police departments to court for failing to comply with immigration law enforcement.

It was clear Jackson believed Republicans violated a bi-partisan agreement on which bills would get a final vote just ahead of the deadline--Jackson said HB 113 was not one of them. Nonetheless, Jackson backed down when it was clear he was being outmaneuvered by the GOP leadership. The bill survived crossover and moved on to the Senate.

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At the General Assembly it's "crossover week." That means lawmakers in Raleigh are scurrying about and busier than usual as they try to advance dozens of bills before a self-mandated cutoff for legislation to cross over from one chamber to the other.

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
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Lawmakers are abandoning efforts to increase the self-distribution limit for craft brewers.

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A statewide non-profit and 10 North Carolina citizens are suing the Republican-led Legislature over a special session held last year to pass laws that eroded the governor's power.

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Policymakers in Raleigh filed some symbolic proposals this week that are not expected to advance. One seeks to ban same-sex marriage, while another would require the University of North Carolina and N.C. State to leave the ACC Conference for its boycott over House Bill 2.

North Caorlina lawmakers debate a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 on March 30, 2017.
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Updated 6:48 p.m. 3/30/2017

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed a compromise measure to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial law that limits protections for LGBT people.

a glass of beer from Durty Bull Brewing Company in Durham.
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A group of bipartisan state lawmakers is touting a bill they say would loosen alcohol laws and help the craft beer industry.  

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Senate Republicans rolled out their latest proposal for tax policy changes Thursday morning, days after House Representatives introduced their Tax Reduction Act of 2017.

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A new bill in the North Carolina Legislature proposes changing the juvenile penal system to raise the age of adult prosecution for most offenses. The state is currently one of only two in the nation where 16 and 17 year olds are routinely charged as adults.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
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Gov. Roy Cooper has rolled out his budget proposal for the next two years. The governor emphasized setting aside money for teacher salary increases, expanding Medicaid, and investments in economic development. The recommendation is largely a symbolic gesture as Republican majorities in the legislature will ultimately approve the state budget. Meanwhile, a bipartisan effort to repeal House Bill 2 has stalled because of opposition from both parties.

 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unveiled his first budget proposal on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Durham Technical Community College.
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Governor Roy Cooper is touting his first budget proposal as an ambitious plan to invest in education. The Democrat is proposing a 5.1 percent increase in spending, calling for the largest teacher raises in nearly a decade, and again recommending an expansion of Medicaid.

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Phil Berger and Tim Moore were formally elected to leadership roles on a ceremonial opening day of the long legislative session at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Berger (R-Rockingham) has served as the Senate Pro Tem since 2011 while Moore (R-Cleveland) gets a second two-year term as Speaker of the House.

Composite photo of House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).
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State lawmakers return to Raleigh Wednesday for the ceremonial start of the long session.