Thursday Wrap: Before midnight
Posted June 12, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — After nearly eight hours of debate and more than three dozen amendment proposals, the House gave its initial approval Thursday on a $21.1 billion budget for 2014-15. A final vote is scheduled for Friday morning after Democrats balked at the idea of a post-midnight vote.
Key changes made to the budget bill include a provision to better define commercial dog breeders in an effort to crack down on puppy mills and a grant program to replace the state's expiring tax credit for film and TV productions.
Efforts to defund the Opportunity Scholarship school voucher program, to keep all or part of the State Bureau of Investigation under the oversight of the Attorney General's Office and to reinstate the earned income tax credit all failed.