Today@NCCapitol (May 10): UNC considers its options

Posted May 10

This is a shot of the entrance area to the N.C. Legislative Building.

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, May 10. Here's what's going on around state government:

HB2 UPDATE: The U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina Monday, asking a federal judge to declare House Bill 2 is discriminatory and enjoin its enforcement. That announcement came hours after Gov. Pat McCrory filed his own lawsuit, asking a federal judge to find that the law doesn't discriminate.

UNC: The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors meets at 4:30 p.m. via teleconference to consider its response to the Justice Department lawsuit.

"In these circumstances, the University is truly caught in the middle," UNC President Margaret Spellings said Monday.

The school, she said, is caught between obeying North Carolina law and risking roughly $1.4 billion a year in federal funding. The board plans to conduct most of the meeting to receive legal advice in closed session.

COURTS: The North Carolina Supreme Court convenes at 9:30 a.m. to hear the case in which Asheville challenged the state law that transferred control of the city's water system to a regional authority. The Court of Appeals ruled the transfer was constitutional.

ASH TO ASHES: The House Rules Committee had given notice that it would take up a bill to revive the Coal Ash Management Commission, which had been designed to oversee cleanup of coal ash ponds across the state. But after we mentioned the bill in our daily video cast, TheWrap@NCCapitol, the committee sent notice it had canceled the meeting. McCrory shut down the commission earlier this year after winning a court battle with the legislature.

MADD PRESSER (11:30 a.m.): Mothers Against Drunk Driving holds a news conference to urge the legislature to pass a bill to require stronger ignition interlock laws. The interlocks prevent people with a history of drunken driving from starting their cars if they have alcohol on their breath.

TRANSPORTATION (NOON): The House Transportation Committee will consider a bill that would lift the cap on state funding for a light rail line in the Triangle.

HOUSE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The state House will consider confirming a trio of the governor's appointees.

SENATE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The state Senate will consider a bill updating the state's tax code.

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  • Michael Bawden May 10, 8:29 a.m.
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    What options? The UNC system should follow HB2 until the courts decide otherwise.

    It always amazes me the LGBT community always wants everyone to break the laws they do not agree with immediately. Laws do not apply to them. But let the court come down in favor of LGBT, Christians and other religions get their pants sued off for not following the law.

    I guess only US law that favors LGBT is law. All others laws are to be ignored. Because they are "Jim Crow" like laws according to our US Attorney General. Therefore should not be followed.

    As far as the 1.4 billion threatened, where are our US congress men and women? What a bunch of cowards. They should be heard from one way or the other now that the US Attorney has weighed in. other.