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Aug 8, 2023

Moore: State budget won’t become law until September

RALEIGH (AP) — The top leader in the North Carolina House warns that a final state budget won't be enacted until September. House and Senate Republicans are whittling down dozens of outstanding spending and policy issues within a spending plan that was supposed to take effect July 1. GOP legislators are still aiming for a budget agreement in August, but House Speaker Tim Moore said Monday that t[...]

Aug 1, 2023

NC budget is month late; GOP: Deal draws near

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Republicans say they're closing in on a final state budget that was supposed to be in place a month ago. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said Monday that tax changes and many other differences have been worked out after fruitful negotiations late last week. More talks are ahead. Legislative leaders say the tax agreement would lower rates on ind[...]

Jul 24, 2023

Cooper vetoes charter school oversight bill

RALEIGH (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed another bill related to operating North Carolina charter schools. The one he vetoed Friday would ease enrollment growth caps for these nontraditional public schools and allow county commissioners to give them property tax proceeds for capital projects. Earlier this month Cooper blocked a measure that would transfer approving new charters from [...]

Jul 21, 2023

GOP legislators negotiate over new casinos, video gambling

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top North Carolina General Assembly leaders say proposals to authorize up to four new casinos in the state and to legalize video gambling machines are being discussed as this year's chief legislative session winds down. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said Thursday the ideas have yet to reach the level of formal legislation to be voted upon. The state c[...]

Mar 11, 2022

NC legislature finally ends annual session that began in ’21

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina General Assembly annual work period that stretched 14 months while a state budget was finalized and district maps were redrawn twice essentially concluded Thursday with passage of a clean-up bill and backing a resolution supporting Ukraine. With a House vote now complete, the legislature will send to Gov. Roy […]

Jul 26, 2021

North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week

RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is slowing down this week as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations and action on other measures during August. The state Senate plans no recorded floor votes until next week, while House leaders say they’ll take up legislation in floor sessions only on Monday evening and Tuesday. This […]

Jan 27, 2021

N.C. General Assembly returns to begin work session in earnest

RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is returning to Raleigh two weeks after meeting briefly to elect chamber leaders for the next two years. The Republican-controlled House and Senate reconvenes on Wednesday to begin what will become the lion’s share of this year’s work session. Their largest task is to approve a state […]

Jun 26, 2018

Elections, judge vacancies, crime victims amendments advance

RALEIGH (AP) Republicans in one General Assembly chamber stayed late June 25 to put several proposed constitutional amendments on North Carolina ballots in November, including those to require photo identification to vote and to change how judicial vacancies are filled. The legislature finalized a referendum on one question, as both the House and Senate agreed to […]

Jun 26, 2018

Voting, farm bills among 7 vetoed by NC governor

RALEIGH (AP) Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed seven bills just before a June 25 deadline, deciding to block Republican proposals to alter early in-person voting and restrict nuisance litigation that neighbors of big livestock operations could file in North Carolina. Faced with acting on nearly four dozen measures on his desk before a 10-day window […]

Jun 25, 2018

‘Bathroom bill’ fight returns to a North Carolina courtroom

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) Transgender plaintiffs who think the compromise that replaced North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” is still discriminatory are heading back to court. A federal judge will hear arguments June 25 from lawyers representing Republican legislative leaders who say the case should be dismissed because the plaintiffs can’t prove the new law is harming them[...]

Jun 18, 2018

Gov. Cooper vetoes judicial district, election bills

RALEIGH (AP) Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes add more uncertainty to already unusual state elections this fall for judges and in races where new political parties want to field candidates. Cooper announced June 15 – less than three hours before a 10-day state constitutional deadline – his decision to block a pair of measures. One adjusts […]

Jun 12, 2018

Budget bill is law if House votes to complete veto override

RALEIGH (AP) Spending and policy adjustments made by Republicans to North Carolina’s state budget next year appears headed to becoming law despite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto. The House scheduled an override vote June 12 on Cooper’s veto of the nearly $24 billion plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Senate already completed its […]

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