General Assembly

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

The North Carolina General Assembly completed its primary work session for the year early Friday morning, but not before Republican legislators rolled out a plan to return soon and often to deal with unfinished business, including the replacement of electoral maps.

As Expected, Cooper To Veto Budget

Jun 26, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers.

Cooper made the announcement Monday, four days after the GOP-controlled legislature gave final approval to its two-year spending plan. Republicans are likely to override the veto because of substantial House and Senate majorities. Cooper calls the budget “small-minded.”

Poultry farms like these are found near homes throughout the Catawba River Valley.
David Boraks / WFAE

The General Assembly has overridden the governor's veto of a bill that protects hog and poultry farmers in lawsuits over nuisance smells.  The state Senate voted 30-18 Thursday night to override the veto, following a similar vote in the House Wednesday. It takes effect immediately. 

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would limit the amount of damages nearby property owners can collect if a court rules that smells from hog and poultry farms are a nuisance The governor also has signed a Republican-backed bill that rolls back some state regulations on the environment, business and government agencies.  

Governor Roy Cooper
WRAL.com

House Bill 2 is no longer on the books. Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill Thursday afternoon to repeal and replace the controversial law. The measure easily passed the state House and Senate earlier in the afternoon. Those who oppose the repeal include people who both supported and opposed House Bill 2.

The state House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would return local judgeship elections to partisan races. Meanwhile, a Senate committee advanced a bill to let voters decide this November whether to lower the constitutional cap on the state income tax to 5.5 percent.

When it comes to House Bill 2, time can apparently heal some wounds. Three months ago, Charlotte City Council refused an overture from the General Assembly. The deal was that if council repealed the city’s expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance, lawmakers would vote to repeal HB2. Most council members, including LaWana Mayfield, weren't interested.

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to repeal LGBT protections the city adopted in February. Council members say they've come around to a deal Republican state leaders have been offering to get rid of House Bill 2, which invalidated Charlotte's protections anyway.

Cooper: 'Courts Will Have To Clean Up The Mess'

Dec 17, 2016

Protesters say the North Carolina legislature's actions limiting the next governor's influence before he even takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy their candidate didn't win re-election.

"We voted for a new governor and they're choosing to come and ... take away the power," said Caren Parker of Carrboro, among the crowd who demonstrated this week against the Republican-controlled General Assembly, leading to more than 50 arrests.

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