Raleigh, N.C. — Legislative observers were disappointed Thursday when two major issues expected to surface in the House never appeared.
Instead, debate on a gun omnibus bill that, among other provisions, would eliminate the state's required pistol purchase permit and background check by 2021 is scheduled to take place on Monday. There's still no word on when the House might vote to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would allow magistrates and county register of deeds employees to opt out of working on marriages as a way to bypass same-sex weddings.
The House did give final approval to various changes in state alcohol laws and to implementing retention elections for sitting Supreme Court justices next year. Both bills are on their way to McCrory.
In the Senate, a committee passed a bill that would require clerks of court to track the reasons people get excused from jury duty and share that information with the State Board of Elections.
Outside the legislature, McCrory signed pardons for two men who spent decades on death row for a 1983 rape and murder that they didn't commit.