June 26, 2014
Senate Democrats push back on gridlock: Democratic leadership is pushing back against assertions that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is clogging up the Senate. Read more here.
Senate Proposal Would Restore Bankruptcy Protection For Private Student Loans: Legislation unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Wednesday as part of a larger higher education package would allow private student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy. The entire proposal out of the Senate is largely a Democratic wish list for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Private student loans are currently nearly impossible to discharge in bankruptcy, due to a bankruptcy reform package pushed through by Republicans in 2005. Read more here.
House sends new budget to Senate: With a unanimous vote, state House lawmakers sent their latest spending plan – and a very strong message – to the Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 3, unveiled Wednesday, is a joint proposal from House leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory that addresses teacher and state employee raises, teacher career development, in-state tuition for veterans and their families and coal ash regulators. Read more here.
NC Psychiatric Association rebukes General Assembly: State Rep. Paul Stam’s comments about sexual orientation Tuesday during debate on a charter school amendment brought headlines, rebukes and a clarification from the N.C. Psychiatric Association. Read more here.
Senate Balks at House Plan for Common Core: House and Senate leaders remain divided on how to approach drafting new academic standards for North Carolina public schools. Read more here.
Federal Court Rules That Gay Couples Have Constitutional Right To Marry: The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided — do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage? Read more here.
SCOTUS cellphone ruling resonates in NSA fight: The Supreme Court’s blunt and unequivocal decision Wednesday giving Americans strong protection against arrest-related searches of their cell phones could also give a boost to lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency’s vast collection of phone call data. Read more here.
Wilmington leaders seek one-year deal on film credit: Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and area lawmakers asked legislative leaders Wednesday for a one-year extension of the state’s film tax credit while a new incentive program is designed and put into place. Read more here.
State law allowed convicted sex offender to be removed from state registry: A Harnett County man convicted twice of sex crimes involving children was not a registered sex offender when he was arrested this year in a case that led authorities to an alleged child pornography operation. Read more here.