NC General Assembly

Sunday headlines
10:33 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawmakers report deal on NC budget

Nearly a month after the start of the new fiscal year, North Carolina legislative leaders say they’ve finally agreed on the outline of a state budget.

Both House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius and Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham issued messages on Twitter this weekend announcing the deal, and said details will come this week.  

The House and Senate have been caught in an impasse as they try to adjust spending in the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer. Sticking points include teacher pay raises, the future of teachers’ assistants and Medicaid.

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Local News
9:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

A haze camera run by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environment Services.
Credit LUESA

About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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The Party Line
5:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May

My previous post looked at what has become one of the key competitive races for a U.S. Senate seat, following the closing of the filing period. But it won’t be just the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in May and November, but also all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly. Or so one would think.

In looking at the candidate filing and the past voting patterns of the district lines under the new maps, the overall contest for North Carolina’s state legislature really won’t be as competitive as most would expect. 

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Local News
8:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations

Lyft drivers strap fluffy pink mustaches to their cars for identification.
Julie Rose

Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.

The companies themselves are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

NC Legislators Answer Citizens' Questions In Public Forum

anelists (from left), Rep. Bill Brawley, Rep. Beverly Earle, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Sen. Dan Clodfelter, Sen. Malcolm Graham, discuss questions from the audience during Wednesday night's community forum.
Robert Lahser Charlotte Observer

Voter ID, changes in education, the debate over Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and more - the most recent North Carolina legislative session has been historically active. Whether you endorse the Republican-led agenda or reject it, many citizens have questions for our legislators. Charlotte Talks joined forces with The Charlotte Observer and WTVI to present a public forum. North Carolina Legislators from Mecklenburg County answered citizen questions about some of the most important issues facing today. We air that conversation, when Charlotte Talks.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

McCrory Turns To Public For Help With Vetoes

As North Carolina lawmakers mull whether to override Governor Pat McCrory's first two vetoes in office, he is hoping you'll pick up the phone and help him out. 


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The Party Line
11:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Education Was Cut! No, It's Increased! Which Is Right? Both

Michael Bitzer

Now that the regular, or “long,” session of the NC General Assembly has come to an end, the reviews are coming in fast and furious, most notably broken down by partisan rank.

With opening salvos from the New York Times and the response by the Wall Street Journal’s columnist breaking into the liberal-conservative reactions, some of the most intense fights centered on the core feature of most state governments: The budget.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

North Carolina Budget And 'End Of Session' Roundup

Credit NC General Assembly

Earlier this month, we discussed some of the issues going on in the state legislature, but just barely scratched the surface in our discussion about taxes, Moral Mondays, and the negative national attention our state government is receiving these days. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll gather political reporters and experts to talk about what's been going on since, in the final days of the legislative session. We'll cover the budget and some of the budget items that are raising eyebrows around the state like cuts in education and the closing of prisons around the state, and we'll talk about tax reform, the election bill, and Medicaid changes. Join us for that discussion, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
10:40 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.C. Becomes First State To Compensate Eugenics Victims

Janice Black (right) with her friend and caretaker Sadie Long at their home in Charlotte.

More than 30 states once had eugenics laws, but North Carolina's were particularly aggressive. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by the state's eugenics board. After the 1960s, the victims were mostly black. Often they were mentally ill or disabled. In many cases they were ordered sterilized simply because they were poor and on welfare.

Now North Carolina has gone further than any other state in attempting to make amends.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Regulate Clinics Providing Abortions

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place more requirements on clinics that provide abortions in North Carolina.

While some legislators say the measure is not as restrictive as a similar bill passed in the Senate last week, abortion-rights advocates say this measure could seriously restrict womens’ access to the procedure.

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