Today@NCCapitol (Feb. 28): More HB2 debate amid committee work on other bills

Posted February 28

This is a shot of the entrance area to the N.C. Legislative Building.

— Lawmakers on either side of the debate over the nascent but already much-debated effort to repeal and replace House Bill 2 will hold dueling news conferences Tuesday.

Sen. Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, headlines a news conference at 10 a.m. on repeal efforts with members of Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign, both of which have expressed opposition to the repeal-and-replace bill filed last week. Reps. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg, and Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, are scheduled to speak to reporters at 11:30 a.m. along with business leaders who support the effort.

McGrady told reporters Monday night that Gov. Roy Cooper needs to help garner votes for a measure McGrady filed last week, or it won't move forward.

WRAL.com plans to carry both news conferences live online.

Floor sessions: The Senate is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. but has no bills on its calendar. There are three bills, including one setting the rules for how the House will select members of the UNC Board of Governors, on the House calendar at 3:30 p.m.

Committees: The General Assembly publishes a full list of committee hearings daily.

Among the committee's we're keeping an eye on Tuesday are Senate Judiciary, which will be discussing a bill that would require clerks of court to track and report why people were excused from jury service to the State Board of Elections. The idea behind the bill is that those excused from jury service because they're not citizens might be found on voter rolls.

The House Transportation Committee will vet a bill that would prohibit flying drones near prison facilities.

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  • Marianne Tioran Feb 28, 2017
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    NC should not have voted republican, then had a democrat governor....

    I support HB2 because it protects my rights and the rights of 99.9% of the NC population.

    the special interest groups, who behave according to choice, not birth, want to dominate and control the public domain.