Old North State Report - January 27, 2017
The North Carolina General Assembly formally reconvened on January 11th to re-elect Tim Moore as Speaker of the House and Phil Berger as Senate President Pro Tem. After a two week organizational break, the legislature began to slowly crank back into action this week.
Committee chairs have been named in each chamber. A few dozen bills were introduced. No committee meetings were held but they are expected to start next week. The “crossover deadline” (the date non-fiscal bills must pass either the House or Senate to remain eligible for consideration) was announced as April 27th.
The recent announcement that state revenue collections are running $322 million ahead of projections might lead some to believe the session will conclude around the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1st. However, long-time observers note a surplus can actually prolong the duration of a legislative session as lawmakers debate how to spend or save extra funds.
Add in continued tension over the controversial House Bill 2 from last year (will there be another attempt to compromise on a repeal? will the courts address the issue first? will economic pressure on the state continue?) and the already strained relations between the new Democratic Governor and Republican super-majorities in the legislature…
It all leads up to an “interesting” session and the Nelson Mullins government relations team will be here to keep you informed and help you accomplish your goals
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