NCDP Clips for Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Abortion, guns, veto overrides at issue in House (WRAL-TV) — Members of the state House have a number of volatile bills on their calendar today, including measures dealing with abortion and a pair of veto overrides. The House Rules Committee is set to work on an omnibus firearms bill at 9 a.m.
Gay marriage override vote in NC House uncertain Wednesday (AP) — The future of Gov. Pat McCrory’s latest vetoes is now in the hands of the North Carolina House.
‘Restricted’ NC driving permit for immigrants still intact (AP) — Legislation allowing North Carolina residents living illegally in the U.S. to obtain driver’s permits is still intact at the General Assembly, although its future is uncertain.
New firearms bill would repeal pistol permits (WRAL-TV) — A sweeping firearms bill would phase out North Carolina’s current handgun purchase permit system in 2021 and place limits on background checks for handguns in the mean time.
Gun control talk echoes in statehouse halls (Raleigh News & Observer) — There was lots of talk about guns at the NC statehouse on Tuesday. The House’s controversial bill easing firearm restrictions could start moving again.
Sales tax bill worries some lawmakers (Charlotte Observer) — Charlotte-area lawmakers worry about bill to redistribute the state sales tax.
Democrats’ objections briefly halt NC House action (Raleigh News & Observer) — Adding bills to the N.C. House’s calendar – sometimes hours after they were heard in committee – faced backlash from Democrats during Tuesday’s session.
POLICY & POLITICS
North Carolina moves forward on voter ID rules, amid lawsuit (AP) — The State Board of Elections is holding the first of nine public hearings on the rules governing North Carolina’s voter identification law.
Nearly half-million in NC insured under ACA (Raleigh News & Observer) — North Carolina continues attracting high enrollments for health insurance, with nearly half-a-million people signed up under the Affordable Care Act in the second year of the law’s insurance mandate.
Audit: Manager at NC mental health agency took kickbacks. (AP) — A high-ranking manager at a regional mental health agency in eastern North Carolina took more than a half million dollars in illegal kickbacks and used taxpayer money for personal expenses, including repairs to his fishing boat, a state audit issued Tuesday says.
State forensics lab gains national accreditation (Charlotte Observer) — A toxicology lab that helps look into unexplained deaths in North Carolina for the first time has received national accreditation for the quality of its operations, state officials said Tuesday.
NAACP announces civil rights probe into N. C. coal ash (RT) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is exploring whether coal ash pollution and fracking pose disproportionate public health hazards to poor communities and people of color in one county in North Carolina. The NAACP announced its probe Wednesday. It is specifically aimed at uncovering whether environmental racism has played a part in the placement of coal ash waste water and fracking test sites in Stokes County, North Carolina.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
N.C.’s solar industry is booming. Why are Republicans threatening to strangle it? (Weekly Independent) — Tax credits are just one front in a broader assault on the state’s burgeoning renewables industry, of which solar is the dominant player. Also in the crosshairs are the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, which require utilities to obtain an ever-escalating proportion of their energy supply from renewable sources, and a requirement that essentially cudgels utilities into purchasing power from small renewable-energy producers.
The Changing Carolina Coast: When Storms And Dreams Collide (WUNC-FM) — As you stroll out toward the end of the Rodanthe Fishing Pier, it is impossible not to notice that it’s not entirely straight. It goes a little bit up. It goes a little bit down. The pier jogs a little to the right and left in different places. A few boards are loose, too, and it’s mighty windy. In other words, it’s not perfect, but for Terry Plumblee, being here is a lifelong dream come true.
Love was blind in 1976, but N.C. magistrate wasn’t and that was a problem (Raleigh News & Observer column) – In 1974 when we walked into the Forsyth County government office together, we were told that the magistrate on duty wouldn’t give us a marriage license. I was flabbergasted. We had planned everything, we had all our paperwork and we were legally eligible to get married. So why wouldn’t he marry us? The reason, it turned out, was because Thomas is African-American, and I am white.
Ruling upholding NC teacher tenure preserves a needed benefit (Raleigh News & Observer) — Amen. That’s what the N.C. Court of Appeals had to say about an earlier ruling from Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood that Republican legislators were out of bounds in 2013 when they approved a phase-out that would have abolished teacher tenure in North Carolina by 2018.