NC General Assembly

Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

House Tentatively Passes Budget

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a 20.1 billion dollar spending plan as part of this year’s budget adjustment. The Republican-penned plan spends about 127 million dollars less than the House plan approved last month.

Jessica Jones: Republican Richard Stevens is the co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As he addressed his fellow senators earlier today, Stevens said the good news about these last few days of the fiscal year is that almost every department has stayed within its budget.

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Environment
9:05 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Controversial Sea Level Bill Advances in Legislature

A bill that directs the state to disregard most scientific predictions of rising sea levels for coastal planning purposes is headed for the Senate floor. The bill has been ridiculed nationally by scientific groups and the comedian Stephen Colbert. Republican Senator David Rouzer is the bill's main sponsor.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Bill Advances That Would Strip Racial Justice Act

A bill that would strip away much of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act passed a state House panel today.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Senate Lawmakers Pass Fracking Bill

Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Senate Committee Passes Fracking Bill

A controversial bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state passed an important legislative committee yesterday. Fracking uses horizontal drilling methods to access trapped pockets of natural gas. The bill’s sponsors say it will bring much-needed money and jobs into the state, but opponents of the measure say there aren’t enough safeguards.

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Environment
4:05 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Legislative Committee Passes Fracking Bill

A bill that could allow natural gas "fracking" to proceed in two years in the state is on its way to the Senate floor. It would allow a controversial method of horizontal drilling for natural gas. The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act passed the Senate Commerce Committee earlier today, despite the presence of protesters who spilled outside the committee room where the bill was being heard. Bill Weatherspoon, who heads the North Carolina Petroleum Council, says fracking will help residents become more independent of foreign energy sources.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

State House Committee Approves Budget Plan

House lawmakers have recommended budget changes that would ease funding reductions for public schools and give state employees a small bonus. The House Appropriations committee approved the more than 20 billion dollar proposed budget adjustment earlier today. Republican representative Harold Brubaker chairs the House appropriations committee.

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

House Budget Writers Roll Out Draft Reports

State lawmakers have begun to roll out their preliminary recommendations for this year's budget.

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Education
5:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Senate Leader Explains Education Plan

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger introduced an education reform package to lawmakers today. Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones reports if passed, it would cost 440 million dollars over five years.

Jessica Jones: Berger explained the legislation earlier today in a committee meeting. It has attracted controversy because it would end teacher tenure, to the chagrin of some educators. Berger says bad teachers should be weeded out. The measure would also require evaluations of all entering kindergarten students.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Budget To Dominate Busy Short Session

Lawmakers are moving quickly as they begin their short legislative session. Their primary task is to make adjustments to the state's two-year budget. The governor has already sent lawmakers a 20.9 billion dollar budget proposal. Republicans are expected to come out with their version soon. The first day of the session began with great fanfare.

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