NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing

A new bill would affect the way patients are billed for medical care.
Credit Duke Medecine

Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.
Senate Bill 473 would require hospitals to make the cost of common inpatient and outpatient procedures public.

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Puppy Mill Bill Passes State House

A Rhodesian ridgeback mother dog and her puppy.
Credit m_h via flickr, Creative Commons

The State House has passed a bill that would require basic standards of care for commercial dog-breeding operations.

The "puppy mill bill," as it's known, would apply to facilities with more than ten breeding females. Breeders would have to provide food and water, exercise, appropriate housing, vet care, and humane euthanasia if needed.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Senate Committee Approves Abortion Teaching Bill

Credit Dave DeWitt

Jessica Jones reports about an abortion-related bill that passed a state Senate committee.

A bill that would make public educators teach students that abortions can cause preterm births is headed to the state Senate floor.

It’s one of a raft of measures introduced this session aimed at restricting and reducing the number of abortions. Senate Bill 132 would require health instructors teaching students in the seventh grade and older to include information about what the bill calls “preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion.”

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lawmakers Outline Details Of Tax Reform Plan

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state Senate have unveiled more details of their proposal to overhaul the state's tax code, though they haven't filed a bill yet. They propose lowering income tax rates significantly over the next three years. They also seek to lower the combined local and state sales tax to 6.5 percent.

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Approve Relaxing Gun Laws

Credit Jessica Jones

State house lawmakers have given tentative approval to a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses, at sporting events and in businesses serving alcohol, among other places.

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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Senate Passes Bill That Would Raise Installment Loan Rates

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would allow installment loan companies to charge customers higher interest rates and fees.

Republican Senator Rick Gunn is a sponsor of the bill. He says the lending industry hasn't had a rate increase for a long time, and that customers would also be held responsible under the measure.

"Customers need to understand their need to make their payments on time, and according to their contract," says Gunn.

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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

17 Protesters Arrested At General Assembly

State NAACP President William Barber and others protest at the General Assembly.
Credit Jessica Jones

Police at the General Assembly in Raleigh arrested 17 protesters Monday evening who were protesting inside the building.

The group, which included state NAACP head Rev. William Barber, was speaking out against a series of Republican-led bills that have been passed recently. Barber says that includes a measure that would require residents to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The General Assembly Has Gone To The Dogs, Well At Least One

Diva is part of the General Assembly tour for visiting schoolchildren.
Jessica Jones

Many state legislators in the General Assembly aspire to be top dog, but few of them are as popular as the real deal: a miniature Pomeranian named Diva.

The fuzzy, four-pound lap dog with a personality to match her name comes to work at the legislature every day with the people she owns, Republican representative Nathan Ramsey and his wife, Robin Ramsey, who’s a legislative assistant.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Divided Over Commissions Compromise

The North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit Jessica Jones

Legislators in Raleigh can't agree over a bill that would revamp several important state boards and commissions.

Members of the House and Senate have worked to reach a compromise for several weeks over Senate Bill 10. The measure would strip many boards and commissions of members so Governor McCrory could appoint new ones.

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