Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was as calm on the surface as a tidal pool, but with big rolling waves in the background.  While announcements of surplus funds and delays in the state budget were on everyone’s minds, we in the House were passing some commonsense bills.  Some of the bills we…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly the drought was definitely over, both inside the Legislative Building as well as outside.   Both chambers, the House and Senate, began taking up bills that had come over from the other chamber.  Some of the key bills that had passed the Senate earlier and passed the House…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly saw us picking up the pace, much like the weather in Raleigh was running hot and cold, as well as life-giving rain returning to the state.  We had some significant bills, dealing with small businesses, taxes, the economy, church protection, and favorable treatment of non-profit work centers…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was shortened by the amount of work/legislation produced the prior week.  With the crossover deadline on May 13th, we had put through all the bills we could possibly move to the other chamber, producing almost 200 eligible bills that week.  We had to return to Raleigh at…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly we had a record number of bills to handle in committees and in House and Senate floor votes.  The “Crossover” deadline was upon us.  We had to get all bills that we wanted to go to the Senate and voted into law through the process in the…

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly saw the most bills of any week this session coming to the House and Senate floor for votes.  In two long days of heavy voting almost 90 bills came to the House floor.  This was after other days of long committee meetings that got the bills ready…

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was again on an accelerated pace.  Tuesday and Wednesday, in particular, were filled with committee meetings with dozens of bills.  Big topics were education, voting rights, and court procedures. Several education bills came to the House floor for votes and went to the Senate for their approval. …

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly followed the accelerated pattern of the previous week, with the pedal to the metal.  Dozens of bills were voted out of committees and onto the House floor for votes, and the Senate was in a similar pattern.  Some of the topics in our House bills were tax…

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After the short Easter break, the activity in the North Carolina General Assembly went into overdrive last week, with many more bills coming through the committee process and onto the House floor for votes.  The top bills dealt with education, tax relief, small business relief, and privacy and security issues.  At the same time, there…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly saw more activity in committees and on the House floor debating and voting on bills.  Some of the main subjects were Education, Emergency powers, and Energy policy.  There were several local bills, one involving one of our towns. The Senate sent over a key education bill, Senate…

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