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Thursday Wrap: Speed bumps on way out of Raleigh

Posted June 19

— Lawmakers worked hard Thursday morning and afternoon to clear the decks as much as possible of non-budget legislation, including passage of measures on moped registrations, marijuana oil as treatment for some childhood illnesses and criminalizing the theft of Venus flytraps.

One major speed bump on their way out of Raleigh is Medicaid. The House and Senate have markedly different proposals on how to handle the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. The House's plan is closer to one proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory, calling for doctor-led groups to oversee care, although House lawmakers agree with their Senate counterparts in calling for cost control.

Another point of disagreement is the effort to replace the Common Core academic standards in public schools. The Senate is open to considering elements of Common Core as new standards are developed, while the House wants the national program off the table in drawing up a replacement. A House committee was supposed to review the Senate plan Thursday but instead passed the House version again as a committee substitute, angering Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph.

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  • randymadry Jun 21, 7:18 a.m.

    Bad headline on the Speed Bumps. I read the headline and actually thought that the General Assembly was telling the Raleigh planners to take out their speed bumps. Oh well.

  • sunshine1040 Jun 20, 7:27 p.m.

    And what does any of this have to do with speed bumps those little humps that ought to be in front of every school that get folks to slow down or tear up their car but help keep our children a bit safer.

  • Honesty first Jun 20, 1:32 p.m.

    I was so hoping that the city of Raleigh was going to stop putting up these terrible speed humps. They say they are to reduce speed to 25mph but you will tear up your car if you go over 15 mph.

  • archmaker Jun 20, 1:26 p.m.

    I thought it was a good comparison - dealing with poor people's health does seem like just a bump in the road to what this general assembly really wants to spend their time on - like the "venus-fly traps JOBS act of 2014."

  • EliteOne Jun 20, 10:57 a.m.

    I read it as they were going to place speed bumps outside of the Raleigh limits :D

    ...which would be awful. Please don't ever do that, law-people.

  • carolinarox Jun 20, 10:29 a.m.

    Thank you ScubaGirl2, I thought the very same thing! So good to know I wasn't alone. Most ridiculous headline, well probably not ever, but the most ridiculous I've seen in awhile!

  • scubagirl2 Jun 20, 9:00 a.m.

    lol, and here I thought Raleigh was going to do away w/ the speed bumps in the roads.....
    does sound like something they'd spend time on.... ;)