Today @NCCapitol (April 29): Stand in at the legislature, Foxx headed to D.C.
Posted April 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday, April 29. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government today.
FOXX TO D.C.: President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his new transportation secretary, a White House official told The Associated Press Sunday.
PROTEST: The state chapter of the NAACP plans a "stand in" protest at the General Assembly today at 5 p.m. State NAACP President William Barber issued the "call to nonviolent civil disobedience" over the weekend, through a news release and at a prayer service on Sunday night. According to reports from Sunday's service, the NAACP is hoping for 50 people to participate in the stand-in and possibly be arrested. The group is pushing back against a number of policies, including legislation that would require voters to show photo ID when they go to the polls.
MCCRORY: There are no public events on Gov. Pat McCrory's schedule today.
HOUSE: The House will hold a skeleton session at 4 p.m. No recorded votes are expected.
COMMITTEES: No committee meetings are on the legislative schedule today.
SENATE: The Senate is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Among the items on its calendar is a bill that would block Blue Cross Blue Shield from demanding "most favored nation" contracts from health care providers, under which the insurer gets rates as good or better than its competitors. The chamber is also scheduled to adopt the conference report on "Lily's Law," codifying the common law under which someone may be charged with murder if they injure a baby in the womb and the child dies from their injuries after he or she is born.
ELECTIONS: Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a new five-member State Board of Elections, who will inherit a nascent investigation into possibly illegal campaign donations to the governor and other top state leaders.
BROYHILL: Former Congressman Brad Miller said Friday that his campaign bank account has been frozen after it was determined that the man charged with killing a former campaign aide this week was writing checks to himself. Jamie Hahn, 29, died at WakeMed Hospital on Wednesday morning, two days after she was stabbed in her north Raleigh home. Raleigh police say Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, a longtime friend of Hahn and her husband, Nation Hahn, stabbed the couple at their 1705 Tealwood Place home. Nation Hahn, 27, was treated at WakeMed and released.
LAROQUE: Former Rep. Stephen LaRoque has filed a motion to dismiss federal charges of fraud and misappropriation of funds, arguing that the money in question belonged to him so he couldn't have stolen it and then lied about it.
WORTH THE READ: State government news from other outlets this weekend included:
Charlotte Observer: N.C. medical examiners are supposed to investigate suspicious and violent deaths, but the state’s former chief medical examiner for years was aware of careless work that raised the risk of faulty death rulings....During his tenure, Butts told the Observer last week, some medical examiners closed cases without viewing bodies or failed to follow other guidelines. Experts contend that visually inspecting corpses is considered a crucial first step in determining how a person died.
Hickory Daily Record: With all of the security measures around the site, the best folks can hope for is a quick glimpse of Apple’s data center in Maiden as they drive along Startown Road. The same is true for Google, except its site sits so far off the road and up a hill that motorists don’t even get a glimpse of it....If you stop at the entrances to the data centers, you’ll likely be quickly told to leave by on-site security guards who are always on patrol.
Associated Press: North Carolina environmental groups want the Senate to put the brakes on a bill that rolls back state and local regulations that are tougher than federal law.
Stateline: States are cashing in on Americans’ love of gambling. States like Nevada and New Jersey, for example, are tapping into the billions of dollars spent on wagering online, while Wyoming is catching up by legalizing a lottery. The 43 states where lotteries were legal last year made more than $19 billion in profits. State and local governments reaped an additional $8 billion in taxes from commercial and racetrack casinos. And while the online gambling market is hard to estimate, potential revenue for states is in the billions of dollars.