Monday Wrap: It's all deja vu

Posted March 9, 2015
Updated March 10, 2015

— The House kicked off this week’s legislative efforts by passing two bills it has seen before.

A measure changing a habitual driving while impaired offender from someone convicted of DWI four times over 10 years to three times over his or her lifetime and another making it illegal for a first-time DWI offender who receives his or her their license back to having any alcohol in his or her system – current law states first-time offenders can have a 0.04 blood-alcohol content when driving – both passed the House with little opposition.

Both measures passed the House last year, but were not taken up by the Senate.

In other legislative news:

  • The North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform (NC GEAR) released a report detailing recommendations that could save the state $600 million over the next 10 years.
  • A public hearing was held regarding a bill that would redraw Wake County commissioners' district lines. The measure, along with a separate one that would do the same for the Greensboro City Council, will be heard in the Senate Redistricting Committee on Tuesday.
  • The gas tax bill that went from the House to the Senate was returned to the House, but with added time-sensitive tax changes. The measure is currently in conference committee.
  • A measure championed by Gov. Pat McCrory that would fund a program designed to lure big manufacturers to the state is moving slowly through the Senate.
  • Lawmakers on Tuesday will hear a measure that would outline how the state lottery advertises, how it discloses the odds of winning and how lottery funds are spent.
  • Want North Carolina State University to set off fireworks? There’s a bill for that, and it’ll be heard Tuesday.

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