Today@NCCapitol (April 6): Pace picking up

Posted April 6

This is the N.C. Legislative Building as seen on Feb. 2, 2015 at 6 p.m.

— With crossover deadlines looming in the next few weeks, things are starting to pick up in the General Assembly.

The House has a lengthy floor calendar for Thursday afternoon, with bills on regulatory reform, lawsuits over hog farms, vocational education, drones, school calendars and elections oversight among the two dozen items on its agenda. The latter three were pushed back from Wednesday, when the House spent much of the afternoon electing six people to the UNC Board of Governors.

Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to hold confirmation votes on Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen and Secretary of Administration Machelle Sanders. Earlier in the day, a Senate committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Secretary of Environmental Quality Michael Regan.

Outside of floor action, House Finance is expected to discuss taxes paid by craft brewers, House Military and Veterans Affairs will hear testimony on a bill to limit wind farms near military bases. House Health will debate insurance coverage for oral chemotherapy treatments and Senate Rules will take up a proposal to shrink the size of the state Court of Appeals.

Looking for something else? Check out the daily legislative calendar published by the General Assembly.


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