Today@NCCapitol: And we're off

Posted January 25

This is a picture of the North Carolina flag, although it's a bit tattered.

— And we're off.

Members of the General Assembly return to work in earnest Wednesday after conducting their ceremonial opening session earlier this month. In the interim, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger have appointed committees and chairmen, so the basic structure of both chambers is now in place.

House and Senate sessions will convene at noon, but there are no bills or committee meetings on their calendars. The General Assembly posts changes to is committee schedule online as they happen.

The big action Wednesday will likely be in the online bill-filing system. Members of the House and the Senate typically file a flurry of bills on their first day of work.

News outlets, including our friends at the Associated Press, have been marching through the obligatory session preview stories, and the University of North Carolina School of Government has offered and excellent overview of suggestions stemming from interim committees.

But truth be told, legislators have been light on specifics thus far, while conflicts over items such as House Bill 2 and other policy items loom between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders. Cooper has said lawmakers "will find a willing partner in me," but the two branches of government have been busy suing one another over Medicaid expansion and recently passed state laws.

Democrats plan to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. outlining their plans for the session as they labor in the House and Senate minorities.

Governor: Cooper is scheduled to speak to the Public School Forum's 3rd Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at 8 a.m. Discussion will focus on education policy as he sits down with the forum's Keith Poston, {{a href="asset_gallery-16034327"}}who hosts Education Matters on WRAL-TV{{/a}}.

Program notes: Today@NCCapitol will publish most mornings the legislature is in session with notes on that day's activities. Look for TheWrap@NCCapitol, a video recap of legislative business, at the conclusion of most legislative days, starting Wednesday night.


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