Legislative Update for 07/02/16

Very early this morning the 2015-2106 session of the General Assembly adjourned “Sine Die,” meaning they are done until a new session convenes next January. The session ended with a traditional “hankie drop” ceremony, which has not taken place in years, which felt...

Legislative Update for 06/28/16

At the end of last week the House and Senate leadership reported that much progress had been made in reaching a compromise on the 22.2 billion dollar state budget. On 10:30 p.m. Friday a House Finance Chairman posted to social media an image of “white smoke”...

Legislative Update for 06/20/16

The final weeks of each legislative session are marked by a few familiar signs, many of which have been seen over the past week, raising hopes that the General Assembly may well be nearing adjournment. Both chambers are moving bills through their respective Rules...

Legislative Update for 06/14/16

Last Tuesday, a second primary election was held for North Carolina’s 13 Congressional districts. These races were under new maps drawn earlier this year when the current districts were struck down by a federal 3-judge panel for being illegally gerrymandered on racial...

Legislative Update for 06/03/16

Although this legislative report is not very long this week – the activity at the General Assembly was fast and furious as legislators took up a variety of controversial items, the Senate released and passed its budget, and the Medicaid Reform waiver was...

Legislative Update for 05/27/16

With the announcement of an ambitious teacher pay plan and passage of a bill that calls for a $2,000 increase in the standard deduction over two years (as opposed to 4 in the House plan), the Senate has created significant anticipation for the release of their budget...