Today@NCCapitol (Feb. 23): Once more unto the confirmation hearing, dear friends

Posted February 23

NC Legislative Building

— The state Senate's Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Hall at 1 p.m. Thursday.

If that sounds familiar, it's because lawmakers were scheduled to do exactly that Wednesday, and Gov. Roy Cooper's appointee did not attend the hearing. Committee Chairman Sen. Wesley Meredith, R-Cumberland, warned there would be "consequences" if Hall doesn't show up Thursday.

House Bill 2 (HB2) House leaders file HB2 compromise WRAL.com will carry the confirmation hearing live online.

ICYMI: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, led by Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, rolled out an effort to repeal House Bill 2.

Floor votes: The House meets at 10:30 a.m. to take up a bill creating a task force to study public school funding. The Senate meets at 11 a.m. to debate a measure updating the state's Administrative Procedures Act, the system through which executive branch agencies create rules.

Bill filings: Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, filed House Bill 179, a bill to regulate large dog-breeding operations. Similar "puppy mill" bills have faced fierce opposition from dog-breeding groups in prior sessions despite being championed by former Gov. Pat McCrory.

A quartet of Democrats filed House Bill 185, a measure to legalize medical marijuana use. Similar measures have been killed in the two most recent General Assembly sessions.

Program notes: The @NCCapitol team did an extended Facebook Live video talking about Wednesday's House Bill 2 news. Even if you're not on Facebook, you can watch the video.

Today@NCCapitol will publish most mornings the legislature is in session with a look ahead for that day's activities if there are substantive hearings or votes planned. Look for TheWrap@NCCapitol, a video recap of legislative business, at the conclusion of most legislative days.


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