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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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly saw the activity increase exponentially as most committees were meeting and we had many more floor votes in both chambers, the House and the Senate.  Bill filing increased as deadlines for introduction of bills approached. Early on Wednesday, we took up House Resolution 310 – House Board…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was influenced once again by the weather, when tornados and large hail storms were predicted for late Thursday for the eastern and piedmont sections of the state.  We were still able to hold committee meetings and floor voting sessions in person and virtual, as well as file…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was highlighted by negotiations over reopening schools, debate over Second Amendment rights, and other big issues.  The weather outside was also warming up in anticipation of Spring. After the veto of Senate Bill 37, the bill to reopen all school districts, the House and Senate leadership began…

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, the action was mostly about re-opening schools and Covid relief funds.  Other bills were being filed, moving through committees and onto the floor of the House or Senate for votes. House Bill 196 – 2021 COVID-19 Response & Relief allocates funds from the federal CARES Act to…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly our activity was eclipsed by the tragedy back in Brunswick County.  As we know, a very strong tornado ripped through Ocean Ridge Plantation and across Highway 17, continuing its damage and destruction north of Shallotte.  No sooner had I arrived in Raleigh Monday night for a 9:00…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly began and ended with gray skies in Raleigh, but the temperature and activity warmed up inside the House of Representatives and Senate.  We filed several new bills, many of them local, and we got to debate and vote on an important education bill which should help our…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly saw the first regular week of committee meetings and floor votes in both the House and Senate.  It was also a good opportunity to cosponsor some of the newly filed bills. We had the latest COVID related bill on the House floor last week.  The Senate had…

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