Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers held a rare Friday session to give budget negotiators more time to work on a deal, but they appear no closer to bridging the gaps that have prevented any agreement for more than three weeks.
The House was able to push ahead with its sprawling technical corrections bill, but a provision to eliminate the Child Fatality Task Force was eliminated. The task force recommends ways to reduce the number of child deaths and injuries in the state.
An amendment to the bill designed to preclude conflicts of interest on the boards of charter schools initially passed, but when House Republican leadership realized what happened, they voted again and defeated the amendment.
The House approved a separate bill on charter school governance, only after some House members complained that language preventing schools from discriminating against students because of sexual orientation had been removed.
The Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly also issued a memo stating that the impact on state revenue from the tax cuts lawmakers passed last summer will likely be greater than earlier projections.