Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was all about the budget negotiations in the House of Representatives and a major energy modernization bill.  Most other bills dealt with technical corrections and requested local actions. The energy bill, House Bill 951 – Modernize Energy Generation, seeks to retire coal-fired plants in an orderly fashion…

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This past week at the North Carolina General Assembly was somewhat shortened by the impending July 4th Independence Day falling on the weekend.  We in the House were holding many meetings on the state budget. Also, there were several bills of interest that were working their way through the committee process.  They deal with wastewater…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly the weather in Raleigh cooled down while the pace of business in the House and Senate was heating up.  The Senate voted on their budget in major committees and on the floor, finishing the final vote on Friday and sending the budget to the House.  In the…

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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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