NC General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly is back in session today. Governor McCrory and Senate leader Phil Berger have laid out their priorities. They include teacher raises that average 5 percent, and leaving HB2 mostly intact - although the governor does want a provision repealed that deals with the right to sue. But what about the priorities of lawmakers in the Charlotte area? Morning Edition host Marshall Terry talks to WFAE's David Boraks.

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Raleigh Monday to show their approval of the controversial House Bill 2. It was the biggest public demonstration in support of a law that has garnered widespread criticism. WUNC's Jorge Valencia reports.

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Updated 6:30 p.m.

The first legal challenge to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 was filed Monday in federal court. That’s the law passed by a special session of the General Assembly last week and signed into law by Governor McCrory the same day.

HB 2 includes sweeping measures, though supporters say it mostly ‘clarifies’ what cities, towns and counties can do to limit discrimination in hiring, firing and places of public accommodation. This includes public schools and campuses throughout the UNC System.

Updated 12:15 p.m.

A federal lawsuit was filed Monday to stop House Bill 2. That’s the law passed by a special session of the General Assembly last week in response to Charlotte's updated non-discrimination ordinance that gave protections to LGBT people. Governor McCrory signed the legislation the same day.

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The North Carolina legislature’s response to Charlotte’s expanded non-discrimination ordinance, House Bill 2, is a broad measure that addresses more than just the much debated "bathroom" provision. And now there’s a lot of confusion about certain aspects of the bill.


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  The state Coal Ash Management Commission has quietly closed up shop, after Governor Pat McCrory won a battle with lawmakers over its legality. The news comes as the state seeks comments on proposed ratings for Duke Energy’s coal ash sites - something the commission was supposed to oversee.  

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Republican lawmakers didn’t hide their agenda in approving North Carolina’s new congressional district maps last week. Representative David Lewis helped draw the maps and told a legislative hearing last week:  “We believe this map will produce an opportunity to elect 10 Republican members of Congress.”

NC General Assembly

A number of controversial bills are before the North Carolina House today. They include stripping some key powers from municipalities and making school districts give more to charter schools. The House will reconvene at 7 o’clock Tuesday night. Joining All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to catch us up on what’s happened so far are WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf. 

NC Senate Changing Unemployment Benefits

Aug 26, 2015
Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC

Changes to North Carolina’s unemployment benefits today passed the first of two required votes in the state Senate. The bill raises a key requirement for those using benefits to remain on them.

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The North Carolina Senate passed what’s called a Taxpayers Bill of Rights Wednesday, despite the warnings of the state treasurer. 

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The toll lanes scheduled to be built along Interstate 77 have drawn the ire of public officials in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville. Those towns and the Mecklenburg County Commission have passed resolutions asking the Governor McCrory to delay or stop the project.

But McCrory isn’t impressed with their pleas.

“It’s ironic when I hear state senators and other local mayors and county commissioners, all of a sudden, 'Woe and behold, we’re reading if for the first time?' " McCrory said to Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins.

Asked if he supported the toll lanes, McCrory said, "I would not have been if they opposed it two years ago. I would have stopped it."


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