NCDP Clips for Friday, May 22nd, 2015

NCDP Clips for Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015
NC House budget passes in 93-23 bipartisan vote (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. House took a final 93-23 vote early Friday morning in favor of Republican leaders’ $21 billion state spending plan, over objections from a handful of Republicans and Democrats.

House approves $22.1B state budget plan (WRAL-TV) — After about nine hours of debate, members of the state House gave final approve to a $22.1 billion state budget plan shortly after 1 a.m. Friday. The two required approvals on the budget occurred less than 75 minutes apart on either side of midnight, and the proposal now heads to the state Senate, which is developing its own, markedly different, spending plan. "I implore every member of this House to vote for this budget because it provides for the needs of our people," Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said just before midnight Thursday, when House leadership rushed to get its first vote recorded.
What House members are talking about during NC budget debate (AP) — The North Carolina House clerk’s office had collected more than 60 amendments by Thursday evening during the House’s debate on the proposed state budget. Here are the outcomes of some of the most contentious issues.
NC House votes to keep solar energy tax credits (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. House voted down an effort from some Republicans to kill a tax credit for solar energy projects. Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Raleigh Republican, sponsored the amendment to let the program expire at the end of the year. Her proposal failed in a 38-77 vote.

NC House Republicans fall back to a 30 percent hike in DMV fees (Raleigh News & Observer) — House Republicans concluded Thursday that a proposed 50 percent increase in motor vehicle fees was too much for North Carolina motorists to swallow – but they decided that 30 percent was OK.

House budget creates new grants for body cameras (WRAL-TV) — Members of the House voted 109-2 to create a new $5 million grant program for local police departments that want to equip officers with body worn cameras.

NC House backs $1 million grant to charter school advocacy group (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. House narrowly approved a budget provision that would provide $1 million to a private group to help start charter schools in rural counties.

House OKs new venture fund for NC with decisive vote (WRAL-TV) — The N.C. House sided with Gov. Pat McCrory to create a new venture capital fund for startups totaling $40 million. It’s part of the House-approved budget, which passed by a wide bipartisan margin. But what will happen in the Senate?

NC Senate backs narrowed mandate on NC environmental reviews(AP) — The Senate is going along with scaling back environmental reviews North Carolina government agencies must perform on their own projects.

Senate deals with environmental, power plant, possum bills (WRAL-TV) — Senators approved bills facilitating the replacement of a coal fired power plant in western North Carolina and changing the law with regard to possum trapping during Thursday’s session.

Powdered alcohol, distillery sales, other ABC provisions rolled into one bill (WRAL-TV) — House Bill 909 now contains most of the alcohol-related provisions actively considered at the legislature this year. The bill would ban powdered alcohol, clear the way for distilleries to sell their own products on a limited basis and create a route for the sale of antique spirituous liquors.

Farm group urges veto of workplace bill(Raleigh News & Observer) – Another group is lining up against the employee trespassing bill, urging the governor to veto it. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association delivered a letter signed by 35 members asking for a veto of House Bill 405.

THE SPILL

Duke begins removing coal ash from dump near Charlotte (AP) — Duke Energy has begun what will be the years-long process of digging up coal ash from its unlined dumps and North Carolina and removing it to safer storage.

EDITORIALS

A donor’s tantrum shows how bad money in politics is getting (Charlotte Observer) — Raleigh businessman publicly yanks money because N.C. Republicans not conservative enough.

Bill barring workplace cruelty videos should be vetoed (Fayetteville Observer) — Do we really want to give unscrupulous businesses extra protection? This bill richly deserves the governor’s veto pen.

Do rules not apply to Bob Rucho? (Charlotte Observer) — The Senate Finance chair shuts off debate on a bill, blocks a vote by show of hands and declares victory.