NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
6:53 am
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate Tentatively Approves Stricter Abortion Regulations

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Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a measure that would require all abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.

The rules that would regulate abortion clinics were inserted Tuesday evening into another bill prohibiting the application of foreign laws in state courtrooms. The proposed regulations also include a measure requiring a physician to be present during an abortion. That could make it complicated for doctors to provide non-surgical abortions in which patients take pills to end a pregnancy.

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Politics & Government
5:42 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Senate Tentatively Passes Tax Plan

Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively approved a bill that would cut personal income tax rates and phase out the corporate income tax.

It would set the personal income tax rate at 5.75 percent, and it would cap the gas tax rate for two years.

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Politics & Government
3:15 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Controversial Development Bill

NC House chambers
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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a controversial bill that would extend water and sewer lines to a mixed-use development outside Durham city limits. The Durham city council recently voted against providing services to the 167 acre 751 project. But its developers have lobbied state legislators to get access, saying the plan will bring jobs to the area. Republican representative Tim Moore says he believes in the spirit of the planned development.

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Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

House Passes Abortion Teaching Bill

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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require seventh graders and above to learn that abortions are a risk factor for pre-term births.

A Democratic representative introduced an amendment to the bill that called abortion and other factors risks rather than causes. The amendment passed.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Abortion Teaching Bill

NC legislature.
Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers in the state House have tentatively passed a bill that would require students in grade seven and higher to learn that abortion is a preventable cause of pre-term birth.

Republican Edgar Starnes spoke in support of the bill earlier today, saying the more information students have, the better.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Prompts New Look At NC Voting Laws

The North Carolina Legislative Building
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act affects a number of southern states, including North Carolina.

Previously, the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court in Washington had to approve or pre-clear state laws that affect voting, including redistricting. It also had to approve local and municipal decisions in 40 North Carolina counties with a history of voting discrimination.

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Politics & Government
5:06 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Senate Approves Bill Loosening Restrictions On Landfills

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Lawmakers in the state senate have passed a measure that scales back restrictions on landfills.

Senate Bill 328 would reduce buffers between wildlife refuges, state parks, and game lands. Garbage trucks transporting material to landfills would no longer have to be leak-proof, but only leak-resistant.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Senate Budget Threatens Teacher Tenure

A Guilford County teacher.
Credit Guilford County Schools

Lawmakers in Raleigh may end tenure for public school teachers. That’s if a provision in the proposed Senate budget remains in the final budget under negotiation.

Tenure for public school teachers isn’t the same as tenure for college professors. For one, it’s much easier to fire public school teachers with tenure or, as it’s described in the education world, to “counsel them out of teaching.”

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Politics & Government
3:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

State Lawmakers Nearing Consensus On Tax Reform

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State lawmakers say they're nearing consensus on tax reform. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis says the House and the Senate are close to an agreement.

Potential tax code changes could change the level of funding state budget writers would be able to spend. But there's not much time left before the fiscal year ends for lawmakers to agree on a state budget plan.

Tillis says legislators plan to take that up very soon.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

North Carolina's First Lady Lobbies Against Puppy Mills

First Lady Ann McCrory supports a bill that would establish standards for commercial dog breeders.
Credit Jessica Jones

North Carolina's First Lady, Ann McCrory, is lobbying to get a bill passed at the General Assembly that would require large commercial dog breeding operations to adhere to minimum standards of care.

Commercial breeders with more than ten breeding females would have to provide food and water, daily exercise, appropriate housing, and veterinary care and humane euthanasia if needed. The measure has already passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. But it hasn't been brought to the floor by Senate leaders yet. In her first press conference since moving to the governor's mansion, Mrs. McCrory told reporters she hopes that happens soon.

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