Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers better get some sleep and eat their Wheaties this weekend, with only three days to recover from a long legislative week and to prepare for another long week before the General Assembly's crossover deadline.
Thursday's highlights included House passage of a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions. It is among the longest such waits in the country, but a growing number of states are moving in that direction. The House also approved an expansion of the federal E-Verify immigration check to more businesses and a bill requiring a court order for public access to footage from cameras law enforcement officers wear or have in their patrol vehicles.
A House committee voted down proposals to allow counties to help charter schools buy land or build their facilities. The committee also turned back a bill that would allow voter referendums on counties spending $5 million or more on a building project.
Another issue likely dead for the session is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which both Senate President Pro Tem and House Speaker Tim Moore saying they don't expect it to move in their respective chambers before crossover. Similar bills in Indiana and Arkansas have sparked national backlash as anti-gay measures, and business leaders have said they dislike the notion of such legislation in North Carolina.