Legislature still has more work left on plate

Posted June 17, 2011

— North Carolina state lawmakers still have a little more work to do before they leave Raleigh on a long break.

The Senate was meeting Friday night and planned to reconvene after midnight. The House scheduled a session for Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

House members quickly voted along party lines Friday to accept a negotiated version of legislation that aims to reduce regulations and the power of regulators, with majority Republicans pushing the measure through.

"I would simply say that in its intent and effect it keeps agencies from making rules which are intended to protect the health and environment," House Minority Leader Joe Hackney said.

The effort to pare back regulations must also be approved by the Senate before submitting it to Gov. Beverly Perdue, who must decide whether to veto it.

The Senate will meet Friday night and early Saturday just past midnight to allow for the passage of bills that must be voted on separate days.

The House also voted 102-7 to give final legislative approval to the broadest rewrite of the state's involuntary annexation laws in more than half a century.

The biggest change would let property owners block an annexation if 60 percent of them sign a petition of opposition. The town or city would be barred from trying again for three years.

Landowners whose property is being annexed now have few options other than going to court. The annexation laws were established and defended for decades by municipal officials who said they ensured cities grew at a manageable rate.

The House voted 74-32 to concur with a corporate tax loophole that the Senate recently opened. The measure offers multi-state corporations a legal way to shift their North Carolina income to other states, reducing the corporate taxes they pay here.

Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake, called the bill "legalized tax evasion" and questioned why a state facing a tight budget would forgo corporate tax revenue. But House Majority Leader Paul Stam said the legislation is a "jobs bill" because changing the tax code would encourage business growth.

Lawmakers also want to pass bills that would make slight changes to the new state budget, require large employers and local governments to confirm new workers are in the country legally and allow offshore and land-based drilling for natural gas.

Once done this weekend, the legislature will adjourn until July 13 for a weeklong session on redistricting and other elections-related bills. A further session considering proposals to amend the state constitution will come later this summer.


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  • wralfan Jun 20, 2011

    "When did you decide that money earned by private industry (or by you or me) belongs to the government?"RKBA

    I didn't decide it... that is the 16th Amendment to US Constitution that decided it.

    You know, that rule of law Republican'ts like to follow only when it suits their interests. Or do you have the Palin/Bachmann copy of it you're following?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 17, 2011

    The Republicans have done more for the taxpayers than the Democrats have done in over 100 years of controlling the state legislature.

    The Republicans gave the people of North Carolina a tax cut when they agreed to let the temporary 1% sales tax increase expire as scheduled instead of extending it as the Democrats and "status quo" Bev Perdue wanted to.

    Democrats believe they can spend our money better than we can while Republicans believe it's best to let us keep as much of what we make as possible.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 17, 2011

    New annexation rules would be a good thing.

    Conservative North Raleigh would be better off as a separate city than under the control of Mayor Meeker and the inside the beltline liberals.

    The taxes collected in North Raleigh have been funneled by Mayor Meeker to inside the beltline.

    North Raleigh needs to succeed from Raleigh and become a separate city.

  • chfdcpt Jun 17, 2011

    What memories. Which governor was it that gave all those millions in tax breaks to Dell Computer? And which governor was offering all sort of tax breaks to bring Merzedes to NC?

    Could it have been the same governor that for 8 years kept raising taxes to pay for more and more programs that lead to multi billion dollar budget deficits?

    Or does it really matter that after 16 years of Hunt (4 terms) and 8 years of Easley (2 terms) that our state has seen nothing but more taxes and no budget surpluses?

  • geosol Jun 17, 2011

    Wish i was a rich and ignorant right winger who is brainwashed to believe that selling out our beautiful state to the ultra rich and big corporations is a good thing for the normal people of North Carolina. Unfortunately, the good, normal people of North Carolina aren't for sale to the highest right wing bidder. We will put down this right wing menace so that they will never see any political power in another 140 years.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 17, 2011

    "You think they will give North Carolina's citizen's the same tax break?"

    They just lowered you sales tax and mine by 1%.

    So to answer your question.


  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 17, 2011

    "And you mean all those big oil tax breaks "

    When did you decide that money earned by private industry (or by you or me) belongs to the government?

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 17, 2011


    Thanks for all the other work AND the new anti-annexation rules.

    This legislature ROCKS!

  • rroadrunner99 Jun 17, 2011

    Just more "Corporate Welfare" courtesy of the Republican's. You think they will give North Carolina's citizen's the same tax break?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 17, 2011

    2 years from now when unemployment is 25% and half of todays businesses have closed you might not think this legislature so good.