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Today @NCCapitol (April 20): Consumer finance, partisan judicial elections on calendar

Posted April 20, 2015

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— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday, April 20. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

COMMITTEES WE'RE WATCHING: A pair of House committees will hold unusual Monday afternoon meetings as they attempt to juggle legislation in advance of the April 30 crossover deadline:

JUDICIARY: The House Judiciary I Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. and will handle bills dealing with financial accountability for charter schools and a handful of other bills.

HEALTH: The House Health Committee will hear presentations on the state's Certificate of Need law, which restricts when health care providers can open up new hospital beds or buy major new pieces of equipment.

HOUSE FLOOR: The state House meets at 7 p.m. and will take a final vote on making races for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals partisan. Lawmakers are also expected to weigh in on measures making it harder for online legal services such as LegalZoom to operate and allowing emergency medical technicians to carry pepper spray. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live online.

SENATE FLOOR: When the Senate meets at 7 p.m., it is expected to take up measures making changes to the rules for small consumer lenders and increasing the penalties for those who fail to report the sexual abuse of patients in mental health group homes.

ADVOCATES: A trio of advocacy groups, including the ACLU, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign, will deliver petitions to Gov. Pat McCrory's administrative offices at 9 a.m. asking him to veto the religious freedom, or RFRA, laws pending before the General Assembly. Although the measures have been filed, they have not been scheduled for any committee hearing. McCrory has said he opposes the measures but not whether he would veto them. Last week, IBM's top North Carolina executive became the latest business leader to line up against the bill.

THE GOVERNOR will be in Charlotte and High Point.

TOBACCO: North Carolina's highest court will take up how many current and former tobacco growers in the Southeast have a stake in the $340 million reserve held by a nonprofit cooperative established during an era of taxpayer subsidies killed a decade ago.

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