NC Legislature

Politics & Government
5:01 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bill Would Require Background Checks For Benefits

N.C. Legislative Building
Credit Dave DeWitt

A bill in the legislature would require county social services offices to conduct criminal background checks on people seeking and receiving federal benefits.

Right now, social services workers may ask applicants for food stamps or cash payments if they have any outstanding warrants. But they're not allowed to disclose that information to local law enforcement officials.

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The State of Things
10:45 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Midwifery In North Carolina

WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones discusses pending policy to allow midwifery in North Carolina

An increasing number of families each year in the United States decide to have home births. But in North Carolina, having a home birth conducted by a single Certified Professional Midwife is illegal.

Republican Senators are seeking to decriminalize Certified Professional Midwife practices as well as build a licensing process for midwives.They've recently introduced the Home Birth Freedom Act and a move to decriminalize direct entry midwifery.The bills have received a lot of criticism for allowing midwives without nursing credentials to practice independently. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief, Jessica Jones, joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the perspectives surrounding Senate Bills 106 and 017.

Politics & Government
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Commissions Bill, But With Doubts

N.C. Legislature Building
Credit Dave DeWitt

House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would overhaul state boards and commissions, but with some disagreement. Senate Bill 10 would clear out the membership of many important commissions, but House lawmakers have changed the bill to restore some scientific expertise to the Coastal Resources Commission. The House version also does not eliminate 12 special Superior Court judge positions.

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Politics & Government
7:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Educators Scheduled To Visit General Assembly

House Speaker Thom Tillis
Credit N.C. General Assembly

State legislators have invited groups of educators to visit Raleigh this week in order to get more input on measures that would affect the state's schools. House Speaker Thom Tillis says he and other leaders want to know what educators consider their most pressing issues.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Redistricting Objections Back In Court

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts are among those up for debate in Wake County Superior Court Monday and Tuesday.
Credit NC Legislature / ncleg.net

A panel of judges is set to hear arguments Monday about whether to uphold or reject North Carolina's newest legislative and congressional districts.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Block Medicaid Expansion

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would block an expansion of North Carolina's Medicaid program. It passed on third reading Thursday. Republican lawmakers are opposed to enlarging Medicaid to help cover about 500,000 uninsured residents under the Affordable Care Act. Representative John Blust says the state would end up covering too many costs.

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Health
7:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

NC Health And Human Services: "Things Are Really Broken"

State officials say they plan to reform the health department ahead of their budget proposal to the General Assembly.  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos told lawmakers yesterday her priorities are to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and improve her office's computer system.  Wos said in committee testimony aired on WRAL.com that she's cleaning up a department whose employees have filled out incomprehensible reports and wasted money through poor communication.

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Politics & Government
6:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bill That Retools Boards And Commissions Advances

A bill that would immediately fire members of some of the most important state boards and commissions has advanced in the state Senate. Senate Bill 10 would sack members of the Utilities, Environmental Management, Industrial, and Wildlife Resources Commissions, among others. Democrats call it a blatant power grab, but Republicans say it will streamline state government.

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Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate And Retool State Boards And Commissions

A bill approved today by the Senate Rules Committee would eliminate and retool a number of key state boards and commissions. It would end members' terms on the Utilities Commission, Industrial Commission, and Coastal Resources Commission, among others. The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Rabon, says it will allow several key boards to be run by political appointees. Democratic Senator Josh Stein says the measure is a power grab.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

State Lawmakers Begin Legislative Session

North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly
Credit www.ncleg.net

Aside from a few lobbyists checking their cell phones, the halls of the General Assembly were quiet and free of protestors Wednesday. But in the House, legislators wasted no time getting down to business. An unemployment insurance bill many are watching closely will be discussed in a committee meeting today. It seeks to lower unemployment benefits so employers won't have to shoulder insurance increases.

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