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Today @NCCapitol (April 9): Committees dealing with taxes, car insurance and school safety

Posted April 9, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Tuesday, April 9. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.

FULL LOBBY: Lawmakers are due to hear from a number of advocacy groups today, including the NAACP and North Carolina Women United, will hold lobby days at the legislative building. 

SENATE SESSION: The Senate meets at 2 p.m. and has only one bill on its calendar. The measure, which received tentative approval over night, is designed to thwart bank scams aimed at the elderly. 

HOUSE SESSION: The House is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. The chamber has eight bills on its calendar but the most interesting business it might handle isn't on the agenda yet. Bill sponsors tell Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie that the Honest Lottery Act, which would place restrictions on lottery advertising could make its way onto the floor today. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page. 

COMMERCE MONDAY: Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he wants to create a nonprofit to handle North Carolina's economic development efforts. The Partnership for Prosperity, headed by a board of directors that McCrory would chair, would oversee small business development, entrepreneurship, international investment, imports and exports and travel and tourism.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said many details of the nonprofit won't be worked out until June, but McCrory said it will be more competitive than the current system, where state, regional and nonprofit efforts are not coordinated.

The Wrap @NCCapitol (April 8) The Wrap @NCCapitol (April 8) It's worth noting that these changes would require legislative approval and lawmakers plan to be leaving town in the first part of June. 

WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker chew over Gov. McCrory's plan to privatize much of the Commerce Department and look ahead to Tuesday's action in The Wrap @NCCapitol.

COMMITTEES: For a full list of today's committee action, see the main @NCCapitol page. Among the highlights.

House Education (10 a.m. | LOB 643): The committee will deal with bills to require arts education for graduation and a bipartisan school safety billWRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page.

Senate Judiciary 2 (10 a.m. | LB 1124): The committee takes up a bill requiring drug testing for benefits of the state's welfare program. 

Senate Agriculture (11 a.m. | LOB 544): The committee considers whether hunting with silencers on rifles should be allowed. 

House Insurance (1 p.m. | LB 1228): Lawmakers are scheduled to look at a bill to change how auto insurance rates are determined. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says the bill and a companion measure in the Senate could raise rates on North Carolina drivers.

House Transportation (Noon | LOB 643): The committee takes up a bill that would require mopeds be registered with the DMV like cars and that riders carry liability insurance.

Senate Finance (1 p.m. } LOB 544): Senators take up another in a series of tax reform bills. This measure would lower corporate income tax rates. According to Finance Chairman Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, this will be another meeting aimed at educating people about the various pieces of tax reform. Sometime in the next four weeks, he said, the Senate will roll out a comprehensive tax reform measure that remakes all aspects of the state's tax code. 

MONDAY STORIES: Other stories we were following Monday included:

PRINCEVILLE: The State Auditor's Office on Monday asked local, state and federal authorities to look into the actions of Princeville officials after an audit found improper spending in the Edgecombe County town.

MOTORCYCLES: The Senate made quick work Monday night of a bill that increases penalties for drivers whose unsafe movements cause serious motorcycle accidents.

PERDUE: A Wake County grand jury on Monday asked District Attorney Colon Willoughby to determine whether a supporter of former Gov. Beverly Perdue violated state campaign finance laws.

MCCRORY: A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat McCrory says his appointment of a campaign fundraiser to the state Board of Transportation does not conflict with an appeal McCrory made in 2008 for higher ethical standards in state government.

BALLOTS:  A bill filed by Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, and Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, could force roughly 25 counties to do away with their voting machines. House Bill 607 would require that all ballots cast in North Carolina be paper ballots.

PETS:  A bill filed by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers would make it a crime to leave pets unattended in a car in hot or cold conditions and would give law enforcement the authority to take action to save them.

DEMOCRATS: North Carolina Democrats on Monday called for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to stand up to what they consider radical GOP lawmakers pushing a series of bills designed to restrict turnout among certain blocs of voters.

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  • goldenosprey Apr 9, 2013

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    Absolutely! That $50K deduction for S-corp and LLC income off my personal NC tax return for 2012 is SWEET.

    Keep 'em coming Governor. Any relief is appreciated...."-publicassistance

    Yes, and the schoolchildren (48th in the nation in per pupil spending) and teachers (46th in the nation in pay) thank ya too.

    Because giving freebies and tax breaks to those who don't need them while our human and physical infrastructure crumbles is great policy.

    Crumps, do you not see the irony in your post about giving to those whose only contribution is helping themselves to our resources???

  • SouthernPackerFan Apr 9, 2013

    You GOP Sheep Happy now SouthernPackerFan

    A tax and spend liberal whining about taxes? Do you even know what you're mad about anymore?

    Crumps Br0ther
    the fact that you replied as such clearly shows that you are a GOP sheep, you don't even bother with the Wool! the simple fact is it's clear as day what these Goobers are doing to North Carolina..... selling to the highest bidder and we will (Middle Class) pay for it! againd where are the Jobs crumpy

  • SouthernPackerFan Apr 9, 2013

    As opposed to taking from those who earned it and giving it to those whose only contribution to society is voting for more freebies?

    Crumps Br0ther
    seeing that their already receiving handouts (freebies) what's a little more? Right?

  • publicassistance Apr 9, 2013

    "all this talk about tax reform, yet the only consideration in the Que is for Corporations.....figures
    You GOP Sheep Happy now" - SouthernPackerFan

    Absolutely! That $50K deduction for S-corp and LLC income off my personal NC tax return for 2012 is SWEET.

    Keep 'em coming Governor. Any relief is appreciated....

  • Billy the Kid Apr 9, 2013

    "The committee takes up a bill requiring drug testing for benefits of the state's welfare program."

    Absolutely! Keep up the good work.

  • publicassistance Apr 9, 2013

    "House Transportation (Noon | LOB 643): The committee takes up a bill that would require mopeds be registered with the DMV like cars and that riders carry liability insurance."

    We need regulation of these motorized vehicles. They are not "mo-peds" they are motor scooters, vitually motorcycles. They are currently, unregulated, uninsured, and can be driven in traffic by unlicensed individuals.

    The NC "Likker Cycle" is known as the favored vehicle of the habitually drunk, and license revoked. At least make these people carry insurance so when they slam into your car while drunk and cause damage, you have some recourse.

    I think they should require a valid DL to operate. The drunks can walk, take a bus, or ride a bike.

    Email or call your rep to support this bill moving forward!

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 9, 2013

    I knew with this group that corp. welfare would be going up, but not at this rate.

  • Honesty first Apr 9, 2013

    Will Gov. Pat announce a raise for his new directer of the School Safety Center so that she has a salary that she can live on in Raleigh? She is a mom and a former teacher. Those are remarkable qualifications for a $72,000 salary. Oh but she was a donor to his campaign....never mind.

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 9, 2013

    ah fiscal conservatism......take from the everyone give to the Corporations.....you GOP happy now
    SouthernPackerFan


    As opposed to taking from those who earned it and giving it to those whose only contribution to society is voting for more freebies?

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 9, 2013

    You GOP Sheep Happy now
    SouthernPackerFan

    A tax and spend liberal whining about taxes? Do you even know what you're mad about anymore?

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