Raleigh, N.C. — Days after announcing that House and Senate negotiators had agreed on a "framework" for the 2014-15 state budget, details were few and far between on Monday. The deal likely won't be rolled out to lawmakers before Wednesday.
Whether Gov. Pat McCrory, who has threatened to veto a spending plan that doesn't meet his standards, will be satisfied with the budget remains to be seen.
On the floor Monday, the Senate gave final approval to a Medicaid reform proposal that would shift the health insurance plan for the poor and disabled to a new state agency and would put insurers in charge of controlling costs.
In Richmond, Va., the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, prompting North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to say that his office will no longer defend the state's 2-year-old constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Cooper said courts have rejected all legal arguments presented to defend the amendment, and because the state is part of the 4th Circuit, it was likely that North Carolina's law would be overturned as well.