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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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was the first week the members could file bills for this session.  We also got the final word on the committees to which we were assigned. On Monday, the 25th, Speaker of the House Tim Moore published the list of House standing committees to which each member…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was the first week of the 2021 – 2022 session.  We were sworn in on Wednesday, the 13th, in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. We elected officers, such as the Speaker of the House, the Speaker Pro Tempore, and President Pro Tempore of the…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was a short whirlwind, as we rode into Raleigh on Wednesday morning, passed a major COVID related spending bill, and rode out of town on Thursday afternoon.  To be fair to our appropriations chairs, they had been working on this bill for weeks on a bipartisan and…

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was fast and furious.  After assuming we were adjourned until September, we were called back just a week into the summer break.  We took up several veto override votes, confirmed some of the appointments by the Governor and legislative leaders, and made some last minute changes to…

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Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly seemed like a month, particularly as far as time spent in voting sessions, as well as bills handled and passed by both the House and Senate.  As we were winding down the short session and planning to adjourn, many bills were combined, approved by both chambers, and…

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Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly was a whirlwind of bills going into and out of committees, and going to the floors of the House and Senate chambers for votes.  There were bills dealing with education, transportation, criminal law, tax law, opening businesses, and many other issues. In the education area House Bill…

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