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Posted July 24, 2014

This is a picture of a sign in the hallway of the legislative building.

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, July 24. Here's what's going on at the legislature and around state government. 

THE BUDGET: There's nothing concrete to hang our hats on here, but @NCCapitol has been told by several players in the budget negotiations between the House and the Senate that the two sides are making progress on a deal. It's hard to tell whether these on-background pronouncements are a product of irrational exuberance, hallucinations brought on by too much time confined in the crushed marble halls of the Legislative Building or genuine signs of progress. We may know more later Thursday. 

Meanwhile, local teacher assistants find themselves in limbo, because whether to fund their jobs is one of the key sticking points between the two chambers{{/a}}. 

CALENDAR: The General Assembly posts a full listing of legislative meetings online. Here is what @NCCapitol will be keeping an eye on:

Senate session (10 a.m. | Senate floor): Members will take a final vote on a sales tax bill and tackle the chamber's Medicaid reform measure. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live. Please check the Video Central box on the homepage. There are no Senate committee meetings scheduled Thursday. 

House Finance (10 a.m. | 544 LOB): The committee will review changes the Senate made to a bill dealing with special plates and another measure that would allow the state to take unclaimed savings bonds into the escheats fund. Property taken into the escheats fund can be reclaimed by its rightful owner – returning such money is a popular outreach exercise for lawmakers and the State Treasurer's Office – but the interest from the account can be used by the state, often for educational purposes.

NARAL media event (11 a.m. | Governor's Mansion): According to a news release, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina will "deliver broken cookies to the Governor's Mansion to mark the one-year anniversary" of Gov. Pat McCrory signing a bill aimed at further restricting access to abortions.

House Rules (11 a.m. | 1228 LB): House Rules takes up a technical corrections bill. 

House session (2 p.m. | House floor): The chamber will consider whether to accept or reject changes that would require moped owners to register their vehicles and carry insurance. 

TAXES: The Senate has given tentative approval to a package of sales tax and economic development changes, but not before laying bare simmering resentments between senators from rural and urban areas.

RED LIGHTS: The Senate Rules Committee gave approval Wednesday to bring back Fayetteville's red-light cameras, but another bill that would have allowed license plate-scanning cameras in highway medians is apparently dead for the session.

TILLIS: Instead of being able to focus full-time on unseating Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, state House Speaker Thom Tillis is spending a key stretch of his Senate campaign managing North Carolina's protracted legislative session.

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  • Olenc Native Jul 24, 2014
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    I agree with UBNice. Its fun to read Biker's work.

  • uBnice Jul 24, 2014

    "It's hard to tell whether these on-background pronouncements are a product of irrational exuberance, hallucinations brought on by too much time confined in the crushed marble halls of the legislative building, or genuine signs of progress."

    From your headlines to some of your statements like above, you are good!