NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
7:20 am
Thu May 30, 2013

House Passes Bill Giving Dix Lease Another Year

Dorothea Dix campus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers in the State House have passed a compromise measure that would give state and Raleigh city officials more time to work out a lease to create a destination park.

The bill would give officials a year to work out a different lease agreement for the city's Dorothea Dix property. It would dissolve the current lease signed by then-Democratic governor Beverly Perdue and Raleigh city officials.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Representative Deborah Ross Is Stepping Down

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross
Credit NC Legislature

A longtime state legislator is resigning from her post after a decade of public service.

Democratic Representative Deborah Ross announced earlier this month that she was taking a job as the general counsel of the Triangle Transit Authority. Her last official day at the legislature is Saturday.

Ross told House lawmakers that she will miss both her Democratic and Republican friends.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

How Will North Carolina Education Change?

A student at McDougle Elementary School.
Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt updates us on education legislation

  A North Carolina House Committee approved yesterday a bill that would provide funding to low income families wanting to go to private or religious schools Host Frank Stasio talks about that and other education-related news with WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt.

Politics & Government
4:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Legislative Committee Approves Voucher Bill

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A legislative committee has approved a measure that would allow low-income students to get taxpayer money to attend private schools.

The bill, called the Opportunity Scholarship Act, would set aside ten million dollars for two thousand scholarships beginning on July first. $40 million more dollars would be set aside for students the following year.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Senate Budget Proposes Scrapping Publicly Financed Judicial Elections

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In 2002, North Carolina was the first state in the country to establish a system of full public financing for its high court judges. The law was enacted after huge sums of money began flooding into court elections across the country.

Many observers say the system helps take politics out of judicial elections and encourages the best candidates to run.  North Carolina’s judicial financing system is widely seen as a national model. Since it was created, legislators in New Mexico, Wisconsin and West Virginia have been inspired to create their own public funding programs too.

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The State of Things
1:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Moral Mondays: Modern Day Civil Disobedience In The State Capitol

A woman is arrested at the state capital as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
Credit NAACP

If you've gone to the legislature these past four Mondays, you likely encountered a group of demonstrators singing, chanting, holding hands and raising signs. And a lot of them are getting arrested. Since April 29th, 153 people have been arrested at what the NAACP and other organizers are calling "Moral Mondays."

A panel of activist and scholars join host Frank Stasio for a conversation about Modern Day Civil Disobedience

A group of community members and scholars joined host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things to talk about the recent arrests, as well as the theory and history behind civil disobedience on a global scale.

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Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Toll Roads Bill

Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers in the House have approved a bill that would allow the Department of Transportation to add new toll lanes to interstate highways, but only if some of the old lanes are kept toll-free.

The new toll lanes would essentially be express lanes, with less congestion and higher speed limits. Republican representative John Faircloth says North Carolina's roads are desperately in need of funding. Faircloth says he agrees with Representative Jeff Collins, who is the bill's sponsor.

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Politics & Government
5:46 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

State Senate Budget Plan Ups Medicaid Spending, Moves SBI

State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

Jessica Jones reports on the State Senate budget plan.

Lawmakers in the State Senate have presented a $20.6 billion budget proposal. It would spend slightly less than Governor McCrory’s plan and offers no raises for state employees.  The plan would also increase state Medicaid spending by about $300 million and make big changes to the State Bureau of Investigation.
 
Republican budget writer Senator Pete Brunstetter told reporters earlier today that he knows this is a tough budget plan. He says its purpose is to make sure the state lives within its means.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Lawmakers Meet Drop-Dead Legislative Deadline

North Carolina State Legislature
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WRAL Reporter Mark Binker; Democratic Sen. Mike Woodard; and Republican Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House discuss Crossover and give us a legislative update

The deadline for Crossover hit the North Carolina General Assembly yesterday, striking some bills dead for the session. The self-imposed deadline requires that legislation pass at least one chamber to stay under consideration.

A variety of legislation was pushed through this week, including measures that would reform the grievance process for fired state workers, allow health insurers in health exchanges to refuse coverage for abortion and a law that would ban the Muslim Sharia law in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

State Lawmakers Gear Up For Budget Process, Tax Reform

Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers have wrapped up crossover week, where bills that don't require tax changes or spending must make it through one chamber or expire. Now they're set to focus on their biggest task- negotiating the state budget. Senate leaders plan to release their budget plan Sunday night.

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