Today @NCCapitol (7/26): The session is almost really over

Posted July 26, 2013

NC General Assembly 4x3

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Friday, July 26. This is an abbreviated edition of WRAL's daily roundup of legislative action.

The state Senate adjourned for the year just before 2 a.m. Senators left town without taking up a bill that would reorganize the Commerce Department into a public-private partnership. The same bill would have lifted North Carolina's current ban on drilling for natural gas through fracking, a measure that proved too controversial to pass in the closing hours of session. 

In addition to sending the governor bills on voter ID and abortion, lawmakers approved measures delaying the implementation of Jordan Lake pollution restrictions for another three years, forcing the city of Durham to annex the 751 South development, and creating a new managing authority for the Charlotte airport (despite a court restraining order). All three votes were finalized in the early hours of Friday morning. 

The state House will return to session at 9 a.m. to finish its work for the year. Today's House calendar includes nine bills, including a regulatory reform omnibus that would also relax rules for trash trucks and landfills, make it harder for local governments to enact environmental ordinances, and fire the entire Environmental Management Commission. A controversial proposal to relax wetland protections could also emerge from committee Friday morning.

Once its calendar is completed, the General Assembly will adjourn until May 14. In the interim, study committees, and oversight committees will meet, but will not have the ability to draft laws or exercise legislative powers. 

Once lawmakers leave town, Gov. Pat McCrory will have 30 days to sign or veto any bill that's on his desk. After that point, bills would become law without his signature. 

WRAL and @NCCapitol will resume coverage of the legislature in the morning. Please look for updates throughout the day.


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  • JoeF Jul 26, 2013

    Aren't the GOPers tired yet of being the butt of the late night talk shows? The punch line around the globe? If I had a company I certainly wouldn't consider bringing my business to NC. Key execs and their families are accustomed to individual liberties of the 21st century.

  • brod1983 Jul 26, 2013

    I like Pat McCrory. I voted for him. But, the NCGA has moved so far to the right they will be voted out en mass in the next election and their ridiculous policies will be litigated and overturned on the Courts. Whatever the cause, tea party, etc. I'm afraid that we are headed to one party Democratic rule for another 100 years...the NC GOP is headed for self-destruction.

  • Bogie Jul 26, 2013

    Law is common sense, as modified from time to time by the Legislature.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jul 26, 2013

    So are they going to at least talk about jobs before everyone goes on vacation?-lets_b_real79

    Now the GOP is in power their tune has changed to "the government doesn't create jobs but....."

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jul 26, 2013

    The NC GOP ran on ‘preserving’ and ‘protecting’ our current laws, way of life, morals, etc but they keep changing / shredding / defacing / rewriting anything they can get their hands on…do they need someone to define preserve and protect???

  • lets_b_real79 Jul 26, 2013

    So are they going to at least talk about jobs before everyone goes on vacation?

  • smcallah Jul 26, 2013

    "Unemployment is going up here in NC, unlike the vast majority of the country"

    Why are you making things up when it's so easy to look up the information?

    The NC unemployment rate has only risen once in the last year, between Dec 2012 and Jan 2013. It has been going down, and for the last 2 reported months has remained the same.

    Yes, it's higher than the US average, but that's not what you said. You said it was going up. It has been going down in NC at pretty much the same rate it has been going down for the US as an average.

  • sisu Jul 26, 2013

    Apparently this GA doesn't give a hoot about the legal system. Conjures up an image of a steamroller just rolling over anything (and anyONE) that gets in the way.
    July 26, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Of course, now they have given themselves the power of actually BEING the legal system (Berger, Tillis) by granting themselves equal (and possibly higher) legal authority to the state Attorney General.


  • Come On_Seriously Jul 26, 2013

    "Wasn't it Obama that said something along the lines of, "we won; get over it"? Funny how that works for one political party and not the other."

    Actually musthavecoffee, he said:

    "Look, for me to say "We won. Get over it." would to be accept some kind of triumph. But the triumphs in my view have not been meaningful. I don't feel like I won anything."

    Easy to look up. More fun to use the Rush sound bites though, right?

    So no, its not funny at all how it works for the Republican party. They have a history of grabbing a quote and leaving off a few words for a convenient sound bite. Its dishonest and misleading at BEST, even if you believe that two wrongs make a right.

  • RadioDJ Jul 26, 2013

    As long as they aren't in session, they can't really do any more harm. Let them finish up and head home. Then they can stew in their own juices until the next election cycle. Should be fun seeing how they handle all of the questions about all the "jobs" they've been creating. I mean, after all, that's what they ran on. According to all of the road signs, posters, flyers, mailers, handouts, billboards, TV & radio ads we were exposed to during the last elections. "Jobs Jobs Jobs. We'll get Jobs to this state cause them bad ol Dems cain't dew it. We'll put everyone to work. Oh happy days." Folks back home ain't too happy right now. Unemployment is going up here in NC, unlike the vast majority of the country, benefits have disappeared because the Chamber of Commerce says they needed to (to protect businesses from unnecessary taxes for the folks they laid off).. and now we have a LOT more gubmint intrusion into our private lives and local politics. Well done Legislature!