NCDP Clips for Monday, April 27th, 2015

NCDP Clips for Monday, April 27th, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

McCrory sidesteps taking a stand on law addressing NC state panels (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says a pending lawsuit over North Carolina executive and legislative powers is why he is letting a bill responding to current and past court rulings become law without his signature.

Bill pulls back N.C. environment mandate on public funds, land (AP) — Leading North Carolina business lobbying groups are pushing to scale back a 1971 state law that requires government agencies to evaluate the potential results of spending public dollars or disturbing public lands on the environment.

House members start work early in advance of deadline(WRTAL-TV) — Thursday is a key legislative deadline, and House members are starting committee work early this week in order to beat the clock. Senators are expected to take up bills on Iran divestment and license plate readers.

Abortion resumes in Asheville as NC debates regulations (Asheville Citizen-Times) — Less than a year after the region’s only abortion clinic closed, Planned Parenthood quietly started performing the procedure Friday. State legislators at the same time moved to increase regulations and expand wait times for women requesting abortion care. The state House Health Committee approved House Bill 465 Wednesday, legislation that would lengthen the time a woman must wait for an abortion after discussing the issue with her health care provider from 24 to 72 hours. The bill’s next stop is the House floor.

Health Advocates Speak Out against Longer Abortion Waiting Period (Public News Service) — Among the backlog of bills in the North Carolina General Assembly this session, one that is making progress would triple the wait time for a woman seeking an abortion to three days. The legislation (HB 465) passed the House last week and is expected to move on to the State Senate.

Bill Seeks Harsher Penalties for Students Who Assault School Officials (TWCN-TV) — A proposal in the state senate would mean harsher penalties for teens who physically assault school faculty acting in an official capacity.

NC lawmaker wants to stop trying all 16 year olds as adults (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would stop trying all 16 and 17 year olds in North Carolina as adults when they are charged with crimes hope adding an advisory committee to oversee the change will help get the bill passed.

THE SPILL

Riverkeeper: State distorted water message (Gaston Gazette) — For more than 30 years, Belmont’s Anthony Hardin rarely gave more than a glance to the Duke Energy power station near his South Point Road home. But after being told by state health officials his well water might be unfit to drink, he said he’s paying closer attention. “Vanadium and hexavalent chromium. What’s that?” Hardin asked. “To find out that stuff was in my water is news to me. We’ve lived here for 35 years, and we’ve been drinking this water all this time. What a mess.”

EDITORIALS
Margie Maddox: Chocolate chips, please (Raleigh News & Observer column) — My question now is this: Will Gov. Pat McCrory be willing to veto this bill (extending the abortion wait period)? Or will he just offer women another plate of cookies? This time, I would like to request chocolate chips if he does.

NC work zone bill would lower fines and increase hazards (Raleigh News & Observer) — A bill to allow those who speed in posted work zones is preposterous

E-cigarette liquids: Bill on child-resistant packaging good idea (Winston-Salem Journal) — Contrary to popular belief, bipartisanship does exist in our legislature. And it’s come out in a few beneficial ways this session, including in a bill that would mandate child-resistant packaging and warning labels on liquids used with electronic-cigarette vaporizers. With little fanfare, the Senate passed the bill Wednesday. The House should follow suit, and Gov. Pat McCrory should sign it into law.