The first full week of session was similar to the first, in that a handful of bills were filed, what took place in the Chambers was for the most part ceremonial and (with few exceptions) no votes were cast on issues of substance. The most notable event was Wednesday night’s “State of the State” address, given by Governor McCrory in the House chamber and attended by legislators from both chambers, Cabinet officials and Council of State members. The Governor’s speech touched on the expected main topics – jobs, education, increasing health and safety and reducing government inefficiencies. He called for an increase in starting teacher pay, a $1.2 billion bond for transportation improvements and an overhaul of the state’s IT systems. His recommendations received a relatively muted reaction from legislative leaders, with whom he will need to work, and possibly battle, to see them enacted. See full report here.