Today @NCCapitol (Feb. 20): Topless, tanning and tax bills

Posted February 20, 2013

Good morning, and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Wednesday, Feb. 20. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.

BREAKING: The head of the State Capitol Police and a sergeant under his command have been fired following an internal investigation into secondary employment, a source told WRAL News Tuesday.

FIRST UP: The House Finance Committee will take up a bill repealing North Carolina's estate tax at 8:30 a.m. today. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page. 

At the same time, the full Senate appropriations committee takes up the group home fix passed by the House weeks ago, which has been sitting idle ever since. 

SENATE: The Senate will come in at 9:30 a.m. for a skeleton session and recess until 2 p.m., when the chamber is due to take up legislation in earnest. Currently there are only two low-profile bills on the floor calendar. 

The Wrap @NCCapitol (Feb. 19) The Wrap @NCCapitol (Feb. 19) HOUSE: The House is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m. today. The major bill on its calendar is a measure that that will increase penalties for those convicted in connection with methamphetamine production. The measure makes it a felony for someone to possess a product with pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient found in cold medicines, if the person has a prior conviction for making meth. Also, there will likely be more debate on a technical tax bill that does not extend the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is used by low income working families.

 WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker sum up Tuesday's session and look ahead to Wednesday's legislative action in Tuesday's version of The Wrap @NCCapitol.


Avila Avila skeptical of H18  

  • A Court of Appeals panel found a school district can sue the state over fines collected but not turned over to educators.
  • Gov Pat McCrory signed the bill remaking North Carolina's unemployment system into law.  The signing fulfills a key campaign promise the Republican made on the campaign trail. 

COMMITTEES TODAY: For a full listing of committees at the legislature today, see the @NCCapitol home page. Among the highlights: 

  • House Rules will consider both H34, which clarifies that it is a crime for women to go topless in public, and H84, a bill that would legalize medical cannabis.  (1 p.m. - Room 1228) WRAL.com will carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page.

  • Senate Rules will consider the measure affectionately known as the Possum Drop bill. (11 a.m. - Room 1027) WRAL.com will carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the home page.

  • House Judiciary C will consider Kilah's Law, which increases penalties for child abuse. (10:00am - Room  415 LOB)
  • House Education hears presentation from June Atkinson on "Founding Principles Act," a bill meant to make sure students know more about the Federalist Papers an other early American though. (10am - Room 544 LOB) 

MCCRORY: Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule includes breakfast with legislators and a "closed press" event at a North Carolina Hospital Association meeting, where he's due to present the Governor's Award of Performance Excellence in Healthcare."

His office confirmed to WRAL.com that McCrory visited with the family of a trooper who was shot on Monday night, shortly after the governor gave his State of the State address. McCrory plans to visit with the trooper again. 

News from elsewhere: 


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  • thayerguy Feb 20, 2013

    "Why in the world would they make it illegal for a woman to go topless in Public? Men can walk around without a shirt on, so should women."

    I agree, once again the GOP worrying about peoples private lives and still (as of 3 years now) have done NOTHING for jobs in this state. They want to be in everyone's bedroom, poison all the water (changing the Fracking moratorium again) and make sure all the poor and middle class have nothing.

  • jlp Feb 20, 2013

    "running our farmers out of business" - babedan
    I would think death would do more to putting a farmer out of business than the tax on his estate.

  • jlp Feb 20, 2013


    It seems the same could be said to you people with your incessant complaining about the President. If you don't like this country leave. You won't be missed.

  • Save It Feb 20, 2013

    Want to hear a joke? North Carolina.

  • Save It Feb 20, 2013

    "bill0, why should someone have to pay taxes on a piece of property they inhert no matter what the value"

    It's called income. A concept that eludes the GOP. If you receive money, property or anything of value that has increased YOUR net worth, not your daddies, that is INCOME to you. You are taxed on your income. It does not matter where that income originated.

    Before you say it - there is already a gift tax.

  • Save It Feb 20, 2013

    Cutting revenue in the midst of a revenue issue. Brilliant. Oh yes, these heirs are running right out with that new money and creating jobs. Hold your breath. Worrying about putting the crunch on tanning salon owners (small business owners). Brilliant. Don't lose your job under any circumstances because instead of going after the companies not paying their fair share of unemployment insurance we are going to punish those they fire with lower unemployment compensation. Business first! Remember we must always put capital before people.

    It is very embarrassing to have a North Carolina address right now. We are now a state of the vile, greedy and bigoted.

  • As if .... Feb 20, 2013

    Uppity minorities,women , gays, abortion rights,etc.. have no place in the NC of 1813,...sorry i meant 2013.

  • corgimom06 Feb 20, 2013

    I see they are also considering legalizing medical cannabis. I am not holding my breathe, but this would be good for the NC economy. Can you say cash crop?

  • corgimom06 Feb 20, 2013

    I didn't realize women going topless was such a HUGE problem that it needed to be classified as a felony. Heaven forbid some women feeding her child shows a littl more than she needs to and ends up in jail and with a criminal record. I guess they weren't done attacking women.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 20, 2013

    The topless bill needs an exception listed for hot women.