NC General Assembly http://wfae.org en Lawmakers report deal on NC budget http://wfae.org/post/lawmakers-report-deal-nc-budget <p>Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.</p><p>Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:33:45 +0000 David Boraks 55727 at http://wfae.org Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer http://wfae.org/post/huge-bill-cuts-environmental-regulations-adds-beer <p>About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:26:14 +0000 Ben Bradford & Kevin Kniestedt 52395 at http://wfae.org Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May http://wfae.org/post/many-nc-legislative-winners-will-be-determined-may <p>My previous post looked at what has become one of the key competitive races for a U.S. Senate seat, following the closing of the filing period. But it won’t be just the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in May and November, but also all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly. Or so one would think.</p><p>In looking at the candidate filing and the past voting patterns of the district lines under the new maps, the overall contest for North Carolina’s state legislature really won’t be as competitive as most would expect.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:14:19 +0000 Michael Bitzer 47139 at http://wfae.org Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations http://wfae.org/post/smartphone-ride-services-lyft-uberx-steer-around-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The companies themselves</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:41:07 +0000 Julie Rose 35687 at http://wfae.org Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum http://wfae.org/post/nc-legislators-answer-citizens-questions-public-forum <p>Voter ID, changes in education, the debate over Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and more - the most recent North Carolina legislative session has been historically active. Whether you endorse the Republican-led agenda or reject it, many citizens have questions for our legislators. Charlotte Talks joined forces with The Charlotte Observer and WTVI&nbsp;to present a public forum. North Carolina Legislators from Mecklenburg County answered citizen questions about some of the most important issues facing today. We air that conversation, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 34285 at http://wfae.org NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum McCrory Turns To Public For Help With Vetoes http://wfae.org/post/mccrory-turns-public-help-vetoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As North Carolina lawmakers mull whether to override Governor Pat </span>McCrory's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> first two vetoes in office, he is hoping you'll pick up the phone and help him out.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:40:57 +0000 Julie Rose 33483 at http://wfae.org McCrory Turns To Public For Help With Vetoes Education Was Cut! No, It's Increased! Which Is Right? Both http://wfae.org/post/education-was-cut-no-its-increased-which-right-both <p>Now that the regular, or “long,” session of the NC General Assembly has come to an end, the reviews are coming in fast and furious, most notably broken down by partisan rank.</p><p>With opening salvos from the New York Times and the response by the Wall Street Journal’s columnist breaking into the liberal-conservative reactions, some of the most intense fights centered on the core feature of most state governments: The budget.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:19:38 +0000 Michael Bitzer 32469 at http://wfae.org Education Was Cut! No, It's Increased! Which Is Right? Both North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup http://wfae.org/post/north-carolina-budget-and-end-session-roundup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, we </span><a href="http://www.wfae.org/post/north-carolina-political-roundup" style="line-height: 1.5;">discussed</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some of the issues going on in the state legislature, but just barely scratched the surface in our discussion about taxes, Moral Mondays, and the negative national attention our state government is receiving these days. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll gather political reporters and experts to talk about what's been going on since, in the final days of the legislative session. We'll cover the budget and some of the budget items that are raising eyebrows around the state like cuts in education and the closing of prisons around the state, and we'll talk about tax reform, the election bill, and Medicaid changes. Join us for that discussion, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31974 at http://wfae.org North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup N.C. Becomes First State To Compensate Eugenics Victims http://wfae.org/post/nc-becomes-first-state-compensate-eugenics-victims <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 30 states once had eugenics laws, but North Carolina's were particularly aggressive. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by the state's eugenics board. After the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the victims were mostly black. Often they were mentally ill or disabled. In many cases they were ordered sterilized simply because they were poor and on welfare.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now North Carolina has gone further than any other state in attempting to make amends.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:40:42 +0000 Julie Rose 32010 at http://wfae.org N.C. Becomes First State To Compensate Eugenics Victims House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Regulate Clinics Providing Abortions http://wfae.org/post/house-lawmakers-pass-bill-regulate-clinics-providing-abortions <p>Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place more requirements on clinics that provide abortions in North Carolina.</p><p>While some legislators say the measure is not as restrictive as a similar bill passed in the Senate last week, abortion-rights advocates say this measure could seriously restrict womens’ access to the procedure.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:22:29 +0000 Jessica Jones 31198 at http://wfae.org House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Regulate Clinics Providing Abortions