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Session off to a quick start

Posted May 16, 2012
Updated May 17, 2012

State lawmakers have hit the ground running on the first day of the 2012 short session.

During its brief noon session, the House suspended its rules to read in a bill filed today. House Bill 947, Eugenics Compensation, would set aside $10 million dollars for surviving victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program. 

The legislation proposes a payment of $50,000 to each verified survivor. Its primary sponsors include Speaker Tillis and Rep. Stam as well as Reps. Womble and Parmon, so it's clearly on the fast track. 

House Rules today will hear a proposal to ban televisions on death row. 

Meantime, in the Senate, the LRC today recommended Sen. Rucho's fast-track fracking bill.

Senate Rules committee is set to take up bills today on annexation and Indian gaming. 

At 3:30, Senate Finance is expected to debate a proposal to lower and cap the gas tax. 

Senate leaders also filed a bill to patch the Medicaid shortfall, which could reach $250M by the end of June. 

The proposal, S797, would authorize the budget director to take $205 million from other places:

  • $105M would come from General Fund reversions,
  • $50M from DHHS,
  • $10.5M from DHHS repairs and renovations,
  • $20M from the surplus, and
  • another $20M from state repairs and renovations.

That proposal has been sent to Senate Appropriations.

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  • WooHoo2You May 17, 2012

    When the legislator lowers the NC gas tax, I'll be expecting a headline, "Conservatives Reduce NC Gas Tax" ..........yeah right, more like "Roads Falling Apart as Funds Continue to Shrink"-water

    This will be their FOURTH session without action since the GOP took over….lets see if they do anything other than “debate” it.

  • Weaker Pelosi May 17, 2012

    Where is my raise?? LOL, very loud. Just letting out some frustration.

  • FlySwater May 17, 2012

    When the legislator lowers the NC gas tax, I'll be expecting a headline, "Conservatives Reduce NC Gas Tax" ..........yeah right, more like "Roads Falling Apart as Funds Continue to Shrink"

  • Jim Britt May 17, 2012

    Yes lord, let's get to fracking now. Make sure to leave out all redress for owners of water well's poisoned and property value lost. Those sort of things can wait (forever).

  • FlySwater May 17, 2012

    "all they seem to be able to do with the MAJORITY vote is pass social agendas while ignoring all the things they ran on and complained about 1 1/2 years ago before taking office."

    You didn't read the article

  • bigal02282 May 17, 2012

    Frack Track. Fast Tracking Fracking is a bad idea. More and more information is now coming out of Pennsylvania, New York and other areas where this is going on, and none of it has been good. And now, a huge Insurance Company is beginning a medical records survey of over 2 million people in it's system to track medical complaints in areas where fracking is going on. This would be the largest and most definitive survey ever undertaken, and should pinpoint medical issues associated with breathing the gasses and pollutants in the air (this has been the big issue lately for asthmatics, older people and children) along with cancers and other problems that have cropped up in areas of heavy fracking. As no company intends on fracking in NC for the next 10 to 20 years, WHY rush this? There is plenty of time to let things play out up north before we go doing anything here.

  • WooHoo2You May 16, 2012

    Gotta love the new "leadership" we have in NC doing all these short sessions then breaking for vacation....all they seem to be able to do with the MAJORITY vote is pass social agendas while ignoring all the things they ran on and complained about 1 1/2 years ago before taking office.