NC Legislature

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri April 1, 2011

House Passes Municipal Annexation Bills

State lawmakers have tentatively voted to block two municipal annexations and postpone a third. The group of House bills are part of a broader effort to reform involuntary annexations on the books for more than 50 years. The trend is spurred by constituents who don't like paying higher taxes and city fees when their county properties are annexed by neighboring municipalities.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Fri April 1, 2011

House Considers Tort Reform

Members of the state house heard arguments from both sides yesterday on a tort reform bill making it's way through the legislature. The bill mirrors much of the medical malpractice bill passed recently by the state Senate. It would place a cap on non-economic damages and limit liability for emergency doctors. The bill also would make it harder to sue manufacturers for defective products.  Attorney Janet Ward Black from Greensboro opposes it. In a committee hearing webcast on WRAL, she said no other state has such sweeping product liability language on its books:

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Legislature Begins 2011-2012 Session

It's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

The North Carolina legislature has begun a new session at a historic time in its history. Republicans now hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century. But it's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed January 26, 2011

New Legislative Session Begins Today

The 2011-2012 legislative session begins today.

Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

New State Laws For 2011

NC State House
Credit NCGA

The New Year tomorrow will bring with it some new consumer protection laws and tax credits.

As of tomorrow, state law will ban lenders from auctioning off the foreclosed homes of active duty servicemembers.  Insurance companies will be required to provide hearing aids for children.  And real estate appraisal management companies will come under stricter state oversight.

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