NCDP CLips 6/29

General Assembly News

In North Carolina, what a political witch hunt really looks like
Charlotte Observer // Editorial // June 29, 2017

Summary: "At an N.C. House committee meeting, a Republican lawmaker wanted to take the first step toward impeaching Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democrat. This despite having no state legal opinion or law enforcement agency saying Marshall had even done anything wrong."

  • "We have another suggestion. North Carolinians, regardless of their political persuasion, should be outraged at the depths to which political acrimony has sunk in their state legislature. It’s poisonous and it’s dangerous, and it is not limited to an action against the secretary of state. But this attack is especially contemptible."
  • "Dollar, as it happens, is a Republican. Yet even he decided to join his party members on the committee in voting for a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation."
  • "Just this legislative session, Republicans have gutted the office of Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein with nonsensical budget cuts that will likely result in the firings of more than 100 attorneys and staffers. In that same budget, Republicans also surgically removed the positions of three staffers in the Department of Public Instruction who happened to be campaign volunteers for former state superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat.And now this – a significant step toward impeachment proceedings without waiting for legal or law enforcement support. "

Scores of bills moves as legislative session wanes
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Tempers are growing short at the General Assembly as lawmakers prepare to end a long legislative session and work well into the night. The House and Senate debated more than 100 bills combined Wednesday, and House members spoke with irritation as they overwhelmingly rejected two packages of changes to state environmental regulations put together by the Senate – the House doesn’t even plan to negotiate compromise legislation on one of the bills."

  • "Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Person, said a bill that cleared the House in April was a set of rules changes requested by the state Department of Environmental Quality. But the Senate then loaded what Yarborough called controversial provisions onto the bill, including a repeal of a ban on Outer Banks businesses using plastic bags, changes to coastal stormwater rules, "extensive changes" to mining permits, "neutering of an already weak Marine Fisheries Commission" and changes to stream buffers."

N Carolina legislature close to completing annual meeting
News & Record // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly is getting close to completing its annual work session.Top House and Senate leaders say they’re hopeful they can adjourn the 5½-month session sometime Thursday, or perhaps early Friday. The two chambers worked Wednesday until midnight debating bills and negotiating behind the scenes." House GOP targets Secretary of State
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Just hours after enacting a budget that slashes the budgets of Democrats Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, a key House committee signed off on a resolution to begin the impeachment process against Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall."

  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, asked Millis whether any law enforcement agency, federal or state, had taken any action to investigate or bring charges against Marshall."

New teacher training on suicide, veterans health care pilot, merged and moved
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: " An unfunded pilot program meant to help veterans stay on top of their mental and physical health was merged with a youth suicide prevention bill Wednesday.House Bill 894 then cleared the House Appropriations Committee and is ready for the House floor."

Should NC join call for constitutional convention? Proposal heads to House floor
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A resolution calling for a constitutional convention is headed to the House floor after a committee voted 8-6 along party lines to move the proposal forward."

  • "Rep. Michael Speciale, a New Bern Republican who isn’t on the committee, said he’s eager to “drain the swamp” in Washington but called for the resolution to be defeated.“This is not the way to do it,” he said. “This is a full blown constitutional convention. This should only be used as a very last resort.”"
  • "Rep. Dennis Riddell, an Alamance County Republican and co-sponsor of the resolution, said the convention is the only solution to the national debt problem, which he compared to a drug addiction."

NC Republican lawmakers push for rewrite of the U.S. Constitution
WUNC // Jess Clark // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A committee of state House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would make North Carolina the 13th state to call for a constitutional convention in order to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Under Article V of the Constitution, the country needs 34 state applications before Congress must call for the convention."

Charlotte Observer investigation prompts state review of prison corruption
N&O // Ames Alexander and Gavin Off // June 28, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina lawmakers are launching an inquiry into prison corruption in response to a Charlotte Observer investigation that found a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang violence – much of it fueled by employees."

Court: NC magistrates can continue to refuse to marry gay couples
N&O // Jim Morrill // June 28, 2017

Summary: "In a victory for legislative Republicans, a federal appeals court Wednesday opened the door for North Carolina magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages…The effect is to uphold the 2015 law known as Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Senate GOP leader Phil Berger."

Gay marriage-recusal law survives federal court challenge
News & Record // Jonathan Drew // June 28, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren’t harmed enough to fight the state’s use of taxpayer money to apply the law."

Federal court upholds NC magistrates’ right to opt out of performing gay marriages
North State Journal // Mollie Young // June 28, 2017

Summary: " In a victory for social conservatives, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that North Carolina’s civil magistrates have a right to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages."

Court denies lawsuit challenging NC law excusing magistrates from marriage duties
Citizen-Times // Mark Barrett / June 28, 2017

Summary: "An appellate court upheld Wednesday the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2015 state law that allows magistrates to opt out of performing marriages on religious grounds.

Early police retirement bill moves
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: "House Bill 284 adds a 25-year retirement option for officers who are members of the state or local government retirement systems in North Carolina. Retirement pay would be reduced a bit and would have to be voluntary to go through. Employers are authorized to offer buyouts to entice early retirements, but control over the buyout amount is also meant as a way to avoid mass exodus"

$100M disaster relief bill heads to House floor
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: " Legislation that lays out the state’s next installment of relief funding for Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires and other recent disasters cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and is ready for the floor."

Additional $100M for Hurricane Matthew recovery in state budget
North State Journal // Mollie Young // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Lawmakers unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday to direct the $100 million of disaster recovery funds that were allocated in the state budget, which was vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper only to be quickly overridden by the Republican super majority in the General Assembly.

Disaster Recovery Act passes; Fair Bluff to receive funding
WECT // Staff // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to direct $100 million of disaster recovery funds in the state budget to aid Hurricane Matthew, tropical storm and wildfire recovery efforts spanning housing, infrastructure, agriculture, and education in communities across North Carolina."

NC mental health office spending limits get Senate approval
N&O // Lynn Bonner // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Doctors who refuse Medicaid managed care contracts won’t get less money for treating people who use the government insurance after all.Sen. Ralph Hise, a Spruce Pine Republican, dropped his effort to make broad changes to the state’s plan for Medicaid. Doctors, hospitals, dentists, regional mental health offices, and mental health advocates had opposed them."

NC legislature moves to stifle farmworkers unions
N&O // Lynn Bonner // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A measure making its way through the legislature would prevent farms from transferring workers’ dues directly to unions or labor organizations. The would also prohibit farmers from settling workers’ lawsuits by agreeing to union contracts."

Effort to crack down on employee misclassification passes NC house
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A House judiciary committee approved Senate Bill 407 on Wednesday, and it passed the full House on Wednesday evening. The bill calls for an employee classification group within the Industrial Commission to investigate misclassification complaints and coordinate with state agencies and prosecutors to ensure that they share information."

GOP lawmakers press impeachment probe of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 28, 2017

Summary: "An N.C. House committee Wednesday backed a resolution sought by Republican Rep. Chris Millis of Hampstead requesting an investigation of Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to see if impeachment proceedings for malfeasance are warranted."

  • "Rep. John Blust, a veteran Republican lawmaker from Greensboro, cautiously sided with his party, with a warning."
  • “I’ll support an investigation,” Blust said. “I’m going to need something that meets a pretty high standard and proves substantial evidence before I’m going to go anywhere beyond just an investigation. An investigation could restore credibility. I’m not pre-judging this in any way.”

N.C. Secretary of State calls impeachment effort a ‘political attack’
Triangle Business Journal // Lauren K. Ohnesorge // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Hours after a House committee signed off on a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall calls the move nothing more than “a political attack.”"

Change to newspaper legal notices now limited to one county as bill heads to governor
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 29, 2017

Summary: "An effort to move local government notices from newspapers to government websites is now limited to Guilford County."

Newspaper bill passes after Senate stalls on cell phone legislation
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: " A multi-year push to strip profitable legal notices out of newspapers found partial success Wednesday after the North Carolina Senate seemed to tie the measure’s fate to legislation that the cell phone industry wants to expand wireless service in the state."

‘Brunch bill’ for Sunday morning alcohol sales is headed to the governor
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The “brunch bill” to allow alcohol sales at 10 a.m. on Sundays – instead of noon – passed a final Senate vote on Wednesday night and now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper, who’s expected to sign it."

‘Brunch bill’ allowing Sunday morning alcohol sales heads to Cooper
WSOC TV // Staff // June 29, 2017

Summary: "Buying alcohol on Sunday mornings could soon be reality in some North Carolina locales now that the General Assembly has approved legislation laying out how cities and counties could move up sales times for beer, wine or mixed drinks."

Last call: ‘Brunch bill’ heads to Cooper’s desk
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The so-called "brunch bill" passed the Senate late Wednesday, but in totality, it’s more of a buffet of changes to state liquor laws. With Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature, counties and cities around North Carolina will be authorized to allow alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. Sundays. That includes liquor-by-the-drink in restaurants and beer and wine sales in stores."

‘Brunch bill’ to loosen North Carolina alcohol laws await governor’s signature
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The state Senate voted 37-9 on Thursday night for the so-called “Brunch Bill” that would loosen the state’s alcohol laws.The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.The legislation would permit alcohol sales at restaurants, bars and retail outlets start at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of the current start time of noon."

Brunch bill heads to governor’s desk
INDY Week // Sarah Willets // June 29, 2017

Summary: "A bill that would allow Sunday morning alcohol sales and let distilleries sell more of their products directly to customers is headed to the desk of Governor Cooper. Senate Bill 155, or as it’s better known, "the brunch bill," passed the Senate 37–9 late Wednesday night. Before it can take effect, the bill must be signed by the governor and local governments must opt in to the Sunday sales provision by passing an ordinance."

North Carolina General Assembly approves ‘brunch bill’
ABC11 // WTVD // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill allowing alcohol sales on Sunday mornings. The measure now goes to Governor Roy Cooper."

PAC connected to GOP state lawmakers tweets gay slurs
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: " A series of tweets from the account of a political action committee connected to Republican House lawmakers lobbed gay slurs and obscenities Wednesday night at Democratic House lawmakers and a Senate Republican staffer."

  • "NCCPAC was fined by the state elections board earlier in 2017 for failure to file its campaign finance reports for the second half of 2016 on time. It’s still not clear to which campaigns the group donated.However, earlier 2016 reports show many Republican donors and House members contributed to the PAC, including North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, party luminaries Ed Broyhill and Baker Mitchell and Reps. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, Beverly Boswell, R-Dare, Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, Destin Hall, R-Caldwell, Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, and Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg."

Wind farm moratorium blows through Senate
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would stop all wind energy projects in the state for four years, despite an impassioned plea from the senator whose district will pay a steep price for the moratorium."

  • "Rabin urged senators to "not worry about all the reports and all the data. Go intuitive this time.""

Casino night bill clears Senate with amendment, concern
WRAL // Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Legislation to legalize charitable gaming nights picked up an amendment Wednesday to allow employers and trade associations to host casino nights as well."

  • "House Bill 511 cleared the Senate 32-15 but not before a number of senators switched their votes from "yes" to "no" on the amendment on the strength of Sen. Chad Barefoot‘s concerns."
  • "Gunn and others, including state Sens. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, and Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, dismissed Barefoot’s argument. "

State Senate votes to exempt military pensions from North Carolina income taxes
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Military retirees would not have to pay North Carolina income taxes on their military pensions, if a bill the state Senate unanimously approved on Wednesday becomes law."

Study to recommend standards for telemedicine clears NC Senate
News & Record // Richard Craver // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Legislative supporters of putting telemedicine on equal footing with other health-care services have agreed to take a one-step-back approach in hopes of gathering more evidence to back their cause."

  • "The bill, with Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, as primary sponsor, was introduced March 8 with the requirement that insurers provide standard coverage and reimbursements for telemedicine and other digital services."

NC unlikely to consider rape consent bill this year
Fayetteville Observer // Paul Woolverton // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The North Carolina legislature appears unlikely to take up a bill before it adjourns in the coming days to clarify whether someone can be charged with rape for continuing intercourse after his partner withdraws consent to sexual activity."

  • "“I believe that if a woman does not consent, that should be criminal offense, yes,” Berger said. But the question of whether a new law is needed must be carefully vetted, he said."

NC GOP leaders refuse to provide HB2-related emails, citing legislative privilege
Charlotte Observer // Rick Rothacker // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Since June 2016, the Observer has been seeking House Bill 2-related emails from the office of North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, but both lawmakers have refused to provide any documents."

Bill reminding UNC league papers are public records passes
WECT // AP // June 28, 2017

Summary: "What some legislators call a reminder to University of North Carolina system schools that their correspondence with members of athletic organizations are deemed public records has received final General Assembly approval."

New NC budget expands coverage for firefighters with cancer
WNCN // Carleigh Griffeth // June 28, 2017

Summary: "It may be a small part of the state budget, but it has an enormous impact on people the public relies on most in an emergency. The General Assembly has expanded the line-of-duty death benefits for firefighters."

Rylan’s Law to require more oversight in child custody cases
N&O // Matthew Adams // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A new law requires social services employees to take extra steps to make sure children in foster care are not returned to their home prematurely. Employees must observe the children and parents together on at least two visits before advising a judge on who should have custody of the children. It’s called Rylan’s Law."

  • "Barringer took the lead on the bill in the Senate. Her previous work on child welfare issues includes pushing to raise the foster-care age limit from 18 to 21, a change that took effect at the start of 2017."

Police stop behavior bill aims to teach drivers exactly what to do
WNCT // Connor Kick // June 29, 2017

Summary: "A bill moving to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk could add a section into driver’s education courses. Fifteen states already have a similar law in effect. The Police Stop Behavior Bill wants to teach new drivers what exactly to do when pulled over." Gov. Cooper News

North Carolina veto budget override complete with House vote
News & Record // Gary Robertson // June 28, 2017

Summary: "North Carolina Republicans completed Wednesday their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper’s objections that it’s shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional."

NC House overrides budget veto, making the spending plan law
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The N.C. House voted 76-43 Wednesday morning to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the Republican-led budget plan, passing the bill into law. Final approval came three days before the spending plan takes effect July 1 – affecting tax rates, teacher and state-worker salaries, state-agency budgets, jurisdiction over criminal suspects and more."

  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and the House’s senior budget writer, disputed the Democratic governor’s assessment. “We have carefully examined the governor’s veto message, we’ve determined that the appropriate course of action for the people of the state of North Carolina is to overturn the governor’s veto,” Dollar said. “This budget follows in that trend that we have established that will keep this state moving forward.”"

State budget becomes law as House overrides veto
Bladen Journal // Dan Way // June 29, 2017

Summary: "Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, gave an impassioned defense of the $23 billion bipartisan General Fund budget compromise Wednesday morning, and the House quickly followed his motion to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the spending plan in a 76-43 vote."

Budget veto speedily defeated
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: "For just the third time in state history, North Carolina lawmakers have voted to override a governor’s veto of their budget."

  • "House senior budget writer Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, spoke in defense of the $23 billion spending plan, pointing to raises for teachers and state employees, a 1 percent pension increase for retirees and funding for hurricane relief, rural school construction and a new incentive program for large "transformative" projects."
  • "We also are not ashamed to say that we are providing tax relief for middle-class, working families and businesses," Dollar said.

Cooper: $810,000 headed to Hurricane Matthew-stricken area to help flood victims rebuild
N&O // Martha Quillin // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper announced $810,000 in grants Wednesday for non-profits helping to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, using money donated by individuals, corporations and foundations after the devastating storm last October."

Court will hear lawsuit over N. Carolina schools power shift
News & Record // AP // June 28, 2017 //

Summary: "A court is scheduled to hear a lawsuit challenging North Carolina lawmakers’ effort to shift power from the state Board of Education to the elected Republican statewide schools superintendent. The changes coincide with moves by Republican legislators to curtail the powers of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who’s on track to appoint several board members during his first term."

Who is actually in charge of North Carolina public schools?
ABC 11 // AP // June 28, 2017

Summary: "A court is scheduled to hear a lawsuit challenging North Carolina lawmakers’ effort to shift power from the state Board of Education to the elected Republican statewide schools superintendent."

NC Senate appoints senator to $124,563 job after Cooper ‘missed’ deadline to fill role
N&O // Colin Campbell // June 28, 2017

Summary: "The Senate is appointing Sen. Andrew Brock, a Mocksville Republican, to serve on the Board of Review, a full-time role that involves hearing appeals of unemployment benefit claims at the Division of Employment Security."

NC bill limiting availability of prescription pain killers signed into law
N&O // Thomasi McDonald // June 29, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Thursday a bill that more closely regulates the prescribing of pain killers, which state officials say has resulted in an increase in addiction and helped fuel an opioid crisis that is killing an average of more than 3 people a day in North Carolina."

Sen. Brock to resign for appointment
WRAL // Laura Leslie and Travis Fain // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Brock was given the new job in House Bill 256, an appointments bill, which was given final approval in the House late Wednesday. Section 2.70, the final appointment made by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, appoints Brock to a term on the board ending in 2021."

Brock appointed to state panel, will resign Senate seat
News & Record // June 28, 2017

Summary: "An oversight by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to fill an expected opening on the state panel ruling on unemployment insurance appeals means a senator will resign to take that post."

Cooper’s HB2 emails show constituent vitriol – but no messages from governor
Charlotte Observer // Rick Rothacker // June 28, 2017

Summary: "As he worked on a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 this spring, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper faced sharp criticism from backers and opponents of the controversial LGBT law, emails obtained this month by the Observer through a public records request show." Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

Scores of bills moves as legislative session wanes
WRAL // Matthew Burns // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Tempers are growing short at the General Assembly as lawmakers prepare to end a long legislative session and work well into the night. The House and Senate debated more than 100 bills combined Wednesday, and House members spoke with irritation as they overwhelmingly rejected two packages of changes to state environmental regulations put together by the Senate – the House doesn’t even plan to negotiate compromise legislation on one of the bills."

  • "Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Person, said a bill that cleared the House in April was a set of rules changes requested by the state Department of Environmental Quality. But the Senate then loaded what Yarborough called controversial provisions onto the bill, including a repeal of a ban on Outer Banks businesses using plastic bags, changes to coastal stormwater rules, "extensive changes" to mining permits, "neutering of an already weak Marine Fisheries Commission" and changes to stream buffers."

Mike Clampitt

Meadows still pushing for North Shore funds
Smoky Mountain News // Jessi Stone // June 28, 2017

Summary: "While Swain County pushes forward with a lawsuit against the federal government to collect $38.2 million it’s owed in settlement money, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, said he’s still pursuing the money on his end as well."

  • "State Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, filed House Bill 260 back in March in an effort to recoup the $38.2 million for his home county. Clampitt’s proposed legislation directed Attorney General Josh Stein to investigate legal methods available to Swain County and the state to ensure the federal government holds up its end of the bargain. It passed the House but didn’t make it out of the Senate. "

John Bradford

School districts too big or too small? NC lawmakers want to study the issue
N&O // T. Keung Hui // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Amid arguments about whether it could lead to racial segregation, the state Senate voted Wednesday night to study what’s the appropriate size for school districts and to look at ways to break up and merge school systems."

  • "“There is a statewide issue of knowing the answer to the question what is the appropriate size of an LEA (local educational agency),” saidSen. Chad Barefoot, a Wake Forest Republican who proposed the amendment. “I know that the conclusions that a study like this might come to might have particular ramifications.”
  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Mecklenburg County Republican, said that after years of talking about whether the district is too big it’s time to get people to the table."
  • "The bill goes back to the House to see whether members will support the Senate’s changes. Barefoot said he had introduced his amendment after talking withRep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg County Republican and one of the bill’s primary sponsors."
  • "The bill’s two other primary sponsors are Rep. John Bradford of Mecklenburg County and Rep. Chris Maloneof Wake County. All three Republican legislators represent counties where there’s been support from some suburban residents to break up their large school districts."

Bill Brawley

School districts too big or too small? NC lawmakers want to study the issue
N&O // T. Keung Hui // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Amid arguments about whether it could lead to racial segregation, the state Senate voted Wednesday night to study what’s the appropriate size for school districts and to look at ways to break up and merge school systems."

  • "“There is a statewide issue of knowing the answer to the question what is the appropriate size of an LEA (local educational agency),” saidSen. Chad Barefoot, a Wake Forest Republican who proposed the amendment. “I know that the conclusions that a study like this might come to might have particular ramifications.”
  • "Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Mecklenburg County Republican, said that after years of talking about whether the district is too big it’s time to get people to the table."
  • "The bill goes back to the House to see whether members will support the Senate’s changes. Barefoot said he had introduced his amendment after talking with Rep. Bill Brawley, a Mecklenburg County Republican and one of the bill’s primary sponsors."
  • "The bill’s two other primary sponsors areRep. John Bradford of Mecklenburg County and Rep. Chris Maloneof Wake County. All three Republican legislators represent counties where there’s been support from some suburban residents to break up their large school districts."

Nelson Dollar

House GOP targets Secretary of State
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Just hours after enacting a budget that slashes the budgets of Democrats Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, a key House committee signed off on a resolution to begin the impeachment process against Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall."

  • "Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, asked Millis whether any law enforcement agency, federal or state, had taken any action to investigate or bring charges against Marshall."

Budget veto speedily defeated
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: "For just the third time in state history, North Carolina lawmakers have voted to override a governor’s veto of their budget."

  • "House senior budget writer Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, spoke in defense of the $23 billion spending plan, pointing to raises for teachers and state employees, a 1 percent pension increase for retirees and funding for hurricane relief, rural school construction and a new incentive program for large "transformative" projects."
  • "We also are not ashamed to say that we are providing tax relief for middle-class, working families and businesses," Dollar said.

In North Carolina, what a political witch hunt really looks like
Charlotte Observer // Editorial // June 29, 2017

Summary: "At an N.C. House committee meeting, a Republican lawmaker wanted to take the first step toward impeaching Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a Democrat. This despite having no state legal opinion or law enforcement agency saying Marshall had even done anything wrong."

  • "We have another suggestion. North Carolinians, regardless of their political persuasion, should be outraged at the depths to which political acrimony has sunk in their state legislature. It’s poisonous and it’s dangerous, and it is not limited to an action against the secretary of state. But this attack is especially contemptible."
  • "Dollar, as it happens, is a Republican. Yet even he decided to join his party members on the committee in voting for a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation."
  • "Just this legislative session, Republicans have gutted the office of Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein with nonsensical budget cuts that will likely result in the firings of more than 100 attorneys and staffers. In that same budget, Republicans also surgically removed the positions of three staffers in the Department of Public Instruction who happened to be campaign volunteers for former state superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat.And now this – a significant step toward impeachment proceedings without waiting for legal or law enforcement support. "

Chris Malone

School districts too big or too small? NC lawmakers want to study the issue
N&O // T. Keung Hui // June 28, 2017

Summary: "Amid arguments about whether it could lead to racial segregation, the state Senate voted Wednesday night to study what’s the appropriate size for school districts and to look at ways to break up and merge school systems."

  • "The bill’s two other primary sponsors are Rep. John Bradford of Mecklenburg County and Rep. Chris Malone of Wake County. All three Republican legislators represent counties where there’s been support from some suburban residents to break up their large school districts."

Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

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Stephen Ross

Municipalities seek authority to levy sales taxes
Bladen Journal // Will Rierson // June 29, 2017

Summary: "House Bill 900, sponsored by Reps. Stephen Ross, R-Alamance, and Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, would allow a municipality to hold a voter referendum on the adoption of a sales and use tax of 0.25 percent."

Andy Dulin

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John Blust

GOP lawmakers press impeachment probe of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
N&O // Craig Jarvis // June 28, 2017

Summary: "An N.C. House committee Wednesday backed a resolution sought by Republican Rep. Chris Millis of Hampstead requesting an investigation of Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to see if impeachment proceedings for malfeasance are warranted."

  • "Rep. John Blust, a veteran Republican lawmaker from Greensboro, cautiously sided with his party, with a warning."
  • “I’ll support an investigation,” Blust said. “I’m going to need something that meets a pretty high standard and proves substantial evidence before I’m going to go anywhere beyond just an investigation. An investigation could restore credibility. I’m not pre-judging this in any way.”

Lawmakers target Guildford with legislation on legal ads
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 29, 2017

Summary: "A compromise was reached late Wednesday on a controversial House bill affecting newspaper legal notices solely in Guilford County.The compromise on House Bill 2015 also eliminates a worker’s compensation exception for newspaper carriers."

  • "The compromise vote split the Guilford delegation in both chambers. All five Republican legislators voted in favor (Sens. Phil Berger and Wade and Reps. John Blust, John Faircloth and Jon Hardister)"
  • "HB205 had been co-opted by Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford. The compromise was achieved in a House and Senate concurrence committee."

Jonathan Jordan

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Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

PAC connected to GOP state lawmakers tweets gay slurs
WRAL // Laura Leslie // June 28, 2017

Summary: " A series of tweets from the account of a political action committee connected to Republican House lawmakers lobbed gay slurs and obscenities Wednesday night at Democratic House lawmakers and a Senate Republican staffer."

  • "NCCPAC was fined by the state elections board earlier in 2017 for failure to file its campaign finance reports for the second half of 2016 on time. It’s still not clear to which campaigns the group donated.However, earlier 2016 reports show many Republican donors and House members contributed to the PAC, including North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, party luminaries Ed Broyhill and Baker Mitchell and Reps. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, Beverly Boswell, R-Dare, Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, Destin Hall, R-Caldwell, Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, and Scott Stone, R-Mecklenburg."

John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

Study to recommend standards for telemedicine clears NC Senate
Winston-Salem Journal // Richard Craver // June 29, 2017

Summary: "Legislative supporters of putting telemedicine on equal footing with other health-care services have agreed to take a one-step-back approach in hopes of gathering more evidence to back their cause."

  • ""The bill, with Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, as primary sponsor, was introduced March 8 with the requirement that insurers provide standard coverage and reimbursements for telemedicine and other digital services.

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