OAK ISLAND, N.C. – State Representative Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) released the following statement following today’s major education policy announcement by Governor Pat McCrory, Lt. Governor Dan Forest, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger: “I am very pleased with new policy initiatives outlined in today’s announcement.  They are in…

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Last week in the General Assembly was “crossover week”.  The bills that were voted out of one chamber by Thursday, June 9th, could cross over to the other chamber for consideration.  Those that didn’t make it are dead for this session.  It was hectic with packed committee meetings and long floor sessions, one lasting 10…

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It was hot in Raleigh last week and promises to be even hotter this week and I’m not just referring to the weather.   It seemed that bills were coming through committees by the dozens and we took up almost 100 on the House floor.  The Senate continued debating and voted on the 2011 – 2013…

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The Senate committees working on the budget (House Bill 200) have completed their work and the budget on the calendar for floor action on Tuesday of this week.  By Wednesday it may be finished in the Senate and sent back to the House for concurrence.  The Senate version of the budget has been on the…

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Being in Raleigh last week was like being in the eye of a hurricane.  Bills were blowing through committees, coming to the House floor for heated debate, and moving back and forth from the House to the Senate and back.  All the while, the Governor was vetoing three of our key bills in four days. …

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Last week in Raleigh was known as much for interesting committee hearings as for the historical legislation that came to the floor of the House.  On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee, which I was chairing, heard many speakers on House Bill 422 – No High-Speed Rail Money From Federal Gov’t – This bill would not…

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Many interesting bills were in committees and on the House floor last week.  Many bills of local and state-wide interest are still in committee, including the photo I.D. bill, the charter school bill, and the terminal groin bill.  The Joint Appropriations Sub-committees are still meeting every morning on the budget, and the Appropriations Chairs are…

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A good description of last week in the N.C. General Assembly would be “fast-paced activity.”  Committees were meeting constantly.  On Tuesday, my schedule was full from 8:30 to 6:00 with eight hours of committees and a floor session.  The 2:00 P.M. Elections Law Committee lasted four hours. Previously, at Monday night’s floor session in the…

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The big news last week revolved around the possible override of the Governor’s veto of House Bill 2 – Protect Health Care Freedom, the hearing in the House Education Committee on Senate Bill 8 – No Cap on Charter Schools, and the impending passage in the Senate of Senate Bill 110 – Permit Terminal Groins.…

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After five weeks in the 2011 legislative session, nearly 500 bills have been introduced, half in the House and half in the Senate.  In addition, we have been working on the budget almost two weeks.   If that wasn’t enough, the census figures became available late last week, so we can start working on the redistricting…

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