Raleigh, N.C. — Senate Republicans used parliamentary procedures to avoid voting on various environmental amendments to a sweeping regulatory reform bill, which won key approval. It faces a final vote next week.
The Senate also gave final approval to a bill speeding up natural gas drilling in North Carolina, but an effort to move tort reform to the Senate floor bogged down.
Meanwhile, the House met in the State Capitol to commemorate the 220th anniversary of North Carolina's legislature first meeting in Raleigh. The area was chosen because of its proximity to Isaac Hunter's tavern, which served a delectable potable known as a cherry bounce.
After the Memorial Day holiday, expect budget bills to start surfacing.