NC Legislature

Local News
9:34 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New NC Legislative Caucus Targets 'Main Street' Issues

Democratic party activists in North Carolina last weekend chose former legislator Patsy Keever of Asheville as the new chair of the state party. She takes the helm as North Carolina Democrats face fundraising struggles and a continued Republican “super-majority” in the General Assembly. Keever will no doubt hear from a recently-formed coalition of House and Senate lawmakers who've dubbed themselves the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus. They promise to push for “centrist” and “pro-business” policies in the legislature.  Senator Joel Ford of Mecklenburg County is part of the caucus. He says, Democrats in the state have gotten distracted by focusing too much on issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and the environment.

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Local News
1:33 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Changes To State Laws Take Effect Dec. 1

Credit State of North Carolina

Carnivorous plants, tiny metal spheres and cell phones. These are the focus of some of the new laws that go into effect December 1 in North Carolina.  

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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

North Carolina House Votes Down Economic Development Bill, Kills Budget Fix For Teacher Assistants

Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina House Tuesday voted down a bill that would have regulated county sales tax rates and earmarked money for economic development. The move also means many school districts will have to cut teacher assistant positions. 

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Local News
12:16 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NC Finishes Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department

Gov. McCrory at the bill signing to finalize the basic rules for the partial privatization of the Commerce Department.

The private board that's taking over job recruitment for the North Carolina Commerce Department meets Thursday. The state legislature recently finalized the basic rules for the board, and Governor Pat McCrory signed them into law this week.

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Charlotte Observer
11:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Bill Would End ‘Protest’ Petitions, Limit Use Of Mug Shots

Cornelius Republican state Sen. Jeff Tarte

A bill originally designed to regulate car headlights has morphed into a 32-page measure that would affect cities, property owners and the media.

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Local News
7:35 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Treating Teachers As Charity? Lieutenant Gov. Calls For Donations

Credit Lisa Miller

You may have heard the governor released a plan Wednesday for boosting teacher pay. But there was a second teacher pay announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. His proposal would give people the chance to pay for higher teacher salaries, not through their taxes, but through donations. 

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Local News
3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

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4:25 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents

If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.

But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Many Counties Seek Exemption From NC Early Voting Requirements

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More than a third of North Carolina's counties are asking for an exemption from part of the sweeping election overhaul the General Assembly passed last year. Those exemptions would allow counties to cut early voting periods beyond what the new law already does.

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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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