Today@NCCapitol (July 2): Finishing work on protest petitions, environmental regulations

Posted July 2, 2015

Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Thursday, July 2. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

VACATION: A resolution resolution passed by the Senate and pending in the state House Thursday will officially put the legislature on hiatus next week. The break was agreed to weeks ago by top leaders in the House and the Senate to give members and staff a chance to spend time with their families this summer.

SENATE: The state Senate is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. It is due to take final votes on measures getting rid of protest petitions that allow neighbors to slow down new building projects and a controversial environmental measure that was greatly scaled back after objections from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

HOUSE: The state House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Among the bills on its calendar is a measure redrawing Greensboro City Council districts. The bill, which was recently rejected by House lawmakers, has been redrafted by a conference committee. It now calls for eight council members elected from single-member districts and a mayor. Greensboro officials and House lawmakers who represent the area said they did not seek the changes, which have been pushed by state Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford.

THE GOVERNOR: Gov. Pat McCrory will hold a signing ceremony at 9 a.m. for bills that make changes designed to help kids who are in the foster care system. Later in the day, he will make an economic development announcement in Winston-Salem.

PROGRAM NOTE: With lawmakers taking the week of July 5 off, the Today@ morning post and The Wrap will be on hiatus until July 13.


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