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Today @NCCapitol (7/14): One more time, with feeling

Posted July 14

NC Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday, July 14. Here's what's going on at the legislature and around state government. 

THE WEEK AHEAD: Lawmakers return to Raleigh this week after a sometimes tense – some would argue testosterone laden – week of budget negotiations to try again for a $21.1 billion state budget deal. 

Senators announced plans for a series of 9 a.m. Rules Committee meetings through which the bulk of the remaining non-budget legislation will run this week. 

"Tuesday's going to be fun," Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said Thursday. He did not say what would happen if the Senate reached the end of the week with everything on its agenda completed other than the budget.

The House schedule is a little less clear. There will be a no-vote skeleton session Monday afternoon and then another open conference committee meeting after that. House Speaker Thom Tillis had said he didn't think the full House would need to return to work until there was a budget deal, but that was back when many around the building anticipated a deal would be inked late last week.  

THE CALENDAR: 

House Session (4 p.m. | House Floor): No votes scheduled or anticipated.  

House Budget Conference (4:30 p.m. | 544 LOB): After speaking to reporters on Friday about their latest budget proposal, House budget writers intend to lay out their position for fellow lawmakers. Presumably, it will include whatever progress, if any, was made over the weekend. Senior budget writers said this meeting could involve more outside testimony. 

Senate Session (7 p.m. | Senate Floor): Senators are scheduled to vote on the House version of a plan to require Duke Energy to clean up coal ash ponds around the state. Senate leaders say they will vote not to concur with the House bill, which means it will be sent to a conference committee. 

THE GOVERNOR: The only public event on Gov. Pat McCrory's schedule is attending the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game in Morehead City.

PROTESTERS: Fourteen people arrested in May during an overnight sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis' office agreed to deals Friday that will dismiss the charges against them in exchange for community service. The protesters refused to leave Tillis' office for nearly 11 hours on May 27, demanding to speak with him about issues such as expanding Medicaid, extending unemployment benefits and restoring a tax credit for the working poor. They were arrested in the early hours of May 28 on second-degree trespassing charges.

SECOND PRIMARY: Four area races left undecided after the May 6 primary will hold runoffs on Tuesday. They include the Republican races for the 6th Congressional District and Wake County District Attorney.

ON THE RECORD: On the Record this week: Walt Brannon, with McKinney Advertising, and Ken Eudy, chief executive of Capstrat, talk about political advertising in the U.S. Senate race between Tillis and Sen. Kay Hagan.

ALSO IN THE NEWS: More state headlines from other news outlets this weekend: 

Washington Daily News: Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal announced he will walk to Washington, D.C., continuing his fight to save Pungo District Hospital.

The Associated Press: This year's General Assembly session has coincided with the ramped-up U.S. Senate campaign of House Speaker Thom Tillis. His bid for federal office also means fellow Republicans are thinking more about whether they'll succeed Tillis as speaker in 2015.

Charlotte Observer: A years-overdue rewrite of state water quality standards stiffens limits on metals, the toxic elements that have been in the public eye since the Dan River coal ash spill in February. Environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees federal clean water laws, cheer the new standards. But they say the proposal is just as notable for what it doesn’t do.

News & Record: The staff of the Guilford County Department of Social Services was instructed not to enter information into a computer system in order to hide a case backlog from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to public records obtained this week by the News & Record.

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