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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.”

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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
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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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The North Carolina Senate and House remain far apart on the next spending plan with less than a week before the current budget runs out. The two sides have been working on a stopgap to keep the government running, but they weren’t able to compromise there Thursday, either.


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North Carolina Senate leaders have unveiled their new plan to overhaul how the state distributes sales taxes and provides tax incentives to businesses. It gives a bit of ground from a March proposal that drew outcries from the governor, House lawmakers, the Charlotte Chamber, and city officials, but still contains the key elements of that earlier proposal. That includes a big hit to Mecklenburg County’s budget. 


Tricks Of The Legislative Trade

Jun 4, 2015
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The process of legislating typically looks more like C-SPAN and less like ‘House of Cards,’ or other TV dramatizations of Washington. But the rules that govern Congress or the North Carolina General Assembly are both dense and malleable—occasionally you’ll see legislators exploit them in a way that seems made for TV. Below are some recent examples from the North Carolina Senate.

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The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill that requires a 72-hour waiting period for abortions.

The state House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. The bill adds other rules for doctors and clinics that perform abortions and includes several unrelated criminal justice measures.

Three other states have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah. Oklahoma's waiting period of that length goes into effect in November.

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