North Carolina legislature http://wfae.org en How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits http://wfae.org/post/how-legislative-immunity-fits-nc-voting-lawsuits <p>Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:22 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 48130 at http://wfae.org How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits Many Counties Seek Exemption From NC Early Voting Requirements http://wfae.org/post/many-counties-seek-exemption-nc-early-voting-requirements <p>More than a third of North Carolina's counties are asking for an exemption from part of the sweeping election overhaul the General Assembly passed last year. Those exemptions would allow counties to cut early voting periods beyond what the new law already does.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:39:29 +0000 Michael Tomsic 45790 at http://wfae.org Many Counties Seek Exemption From NC Early Voting Requirements NC Explainer: Possums, Shark Teeth And Whirligigs http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-possums-shark-teeth-and-whirligigs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes one new possum law just isn't enough.</span></p><p>This week we've been examining some of the ways North Carolina laws are changing. The changes are the result of the legislative session that ended last week – the first in more than a century in which Republicans controlled both the General Assembly and the governor's mansion. We've addressed<a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-gun-legislation" target="_blank"> gun rights</a>, <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-abortion-regulations" target="_blank">abortion</a>, <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-education-changes" target="_blank">education</a>, and <a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-voting-rights" target="_blank">voting rights</a>. This morning, we're going a different direction. We finish our series with some of the quirky legislation that passed.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:36:48 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Marshall Terry 32532 at http://wfae.org NC Explainer: Possums, Shark Teeth And Whirligigs NC Explainer: Voting Rights http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-voting-rights <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big changes are coming to North Carolina's election laws. That's what we're focusing on this morning as part of our week-long look at some of the major bills state lawmakers passed this session.</span></p><p>Election experts say North Carolina passed some of the most sweeping voting changes in the country. It's a huge shift from our current election laws, from how many days you'll have to vote, to what you need to bring to cast a ballot to even how you can register. But let's start with when you can vote.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:11:01 +0000 Michael Tomsic 32459 at http://wfae.org NC Explainer: Voting Rights NC Explainer: Education Changes http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-education-changes <p>North Carolina laws are changing, from what you need to vote, to which clinics can provide abortions, to how teachers keep their jobs. The General Assembly passed many of the new laws last week at the very end of the legislative session. So every day this week, WFAE is examining some of the major changes. We've covered gun legislation and abortion regulations so far. This morning we focus on education.</p><p>There were a lot of new education changes that passed either in bills or through the budget. That includes getting rid of teacher tenure and including money for vouchers for kids to attend private schools. But some of those changes shouldn't be a surprise.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:14:24 +0000 Michael Tomsic, Lisa Miller & Marshall Terry 32361 at http://wfae.org NC Explainer: Education Changes NC Explainer: Abortion Regulations http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-abortion-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, </span>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is taking a closer look at laws the North Carolina General Assembly passed during the session that ended last week. Yesterday, we examined </span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-gun-legislation" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">gun legislation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Today, we're explaining the new abortion regulations.</span></p><p>This was controversial legislation, as abortion bills usually are. There were people upset about how it was attached to an unrelated bill. And then there's the content of the bill itself, which Governor McCrory signed Monday.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:25:46 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Marshall Terry 32318 at http://wfae.org NC Explainer: Abortion Regulations NC Explainer: Gun Legislation http://wfae.org/post/nc-explainer-gun-legislation <p>A wide variety of North Carolina laws are poised to change, including where you can carry guns, what you need to vote and which clinics can provide abortions.</p><p>The changes are the result of the legislative session that ended last week. It was the first in more than a century in which Republicans controlled both the General Assembly and the governor's mansion. And they shook things up.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:55:04 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Marshall Terry 32257 at http://wfae.org NC Explainer: Gun Legislation