Old North State Report - April 29, 2016
The North Carolina General Assembly re-convened on Monday. The legislature meets in even-numbered years for its “short” session with the primary purpose of tweaking the state budget. However attention this year has been diverted by controversy over HB 2 (“Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act”) which was approved in a special one-day session on March 23rd.
Opening day was marked with a rally by thousands who support HB 2, a counter-demonstration by opponents, and the arrest of fifty four protestors who refused to leave the legislative building. The media continued its intense coverage of the issue while Democratic leaders pledged to push for a repeal of HB 2 and introduced legislation to that effect.
Governor McCrory has asked the legislature to alter one section of the bill by restoring the ability to sue in state courts on the basis of discrimination. Senate GOP leaders floated the idea of a public referendum on the issue while House GOP leaders pondered their next move. We will keep you updated as developments occur.
Meanwhile the Governor’s recommended budget proposal was detailed this week with much of the discussion focused on potential pay increases for teachers and state employees:
The House and Senate will approve their own versions of the budget in the coming months with the stated goal of adjourning before July 4th.
In floor action this week the House approved several appointments from Governor McCrory to various positions. The Senate passed three bills from the Finance Committee which were described as technical in nature and will now go to the House for consideration:
Senate Bill 725 (“Unemployment Insurance Technical Changes”):
Senate Bill 726 (“Update the references to the federal Internal Revenue Code”):
Senate Bill 729 (“Various Changes to the Revenue Laws”):
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