NC General Assembly

NC General Assembly

This week is a big week for the North Carolina General Assembly. The state’s fiscal year ends on Friday. But the budget still needs to be passed and lawmakers aren’t just working on that. The Senate today is expected to vote on a trio of amendments to the North Carolina constitution.  

WFAE’s Tom Bullock talks with Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry.

 An unaffiliated candidate has gathered enough signatures to get her name on the November ballot as a challenger for the state 98th District House seat. Jane Campbell of Davidson will face Republican incumbent John Bradford of Cornelius, who is seeking his second term.

The North Carolina Senate approved a bill Monday that would ban wind farms across much of the state. The "Military Operations Protection Act," which passed 33-14, would not allow wind turbines in areas with military training flights.

Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Chamber reports the number of businesses interested in Mecklenburg County has declined substantially. The reason? North Carolina’s controversial law affecting LGBT people. The Chamber is trying to increase pressure on state lawmakers and city council members to make changes.

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teacher raises that average 5 percent, and leaving HB2 mostly intact - although the governor does want a provision repealed that deals with the right to sue.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.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

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.


David Boraks / WFAE

  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.  

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

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.”

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