Today @NCCapitol (June 22): Judge wants to know about recent voting law changes

Posted June 22, 2015

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday, June 22. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

IN COURT: A Superior Court judge wants to know how a change to North Carolina's voter ID rules passed by lawmakers last week will affect a lawsuit challenging several provisions contained in a 2013 election reform law.

Judge Michael Morgan will preside over a status conference Monday morning.

North Carolina's 2013 Voter Information Verification Act requires all voters to show photo identification when they go to the polls starting in 2016. Last week, lawmakers voted to soften that requirement so that voters could sign an affidavit saying they had not been able to procure an ID and still be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

Republican leaders say they made the change after getting feedback from members of the public. Opponents of the 2013 law say the revision is helpful to poor voters likely to be disenfranchised by the ID requirement but argue there are still problems with the law and that it should be struck down. WRAL.com plans to stream this hearing at 9:30 a.m.

State budget Budget differences could lead to long legislative summer SKELETON SENATE: After passing their version of the sate budget last week, members of the state Senate will hold a no-vote skeleton session on Monday. Senators plan to return to work on Tuesday.

ICYMI: WRAL News reporters Laura Leslie and Mark Binker along with Gary Robertson of the Associated Press and Rose Hoban of North Carolina Health News talked over news of the Senate budget and recent events at the legislature during this weekend's episode of "On the Record."

HOUSE SESSION: Members of the state House meet at 7 p.m. to take up a handful of bills, including one redrawing city council districts for Greensboro and Trinity and another that creates a licensing requirement for behavior analysts, a category of professional that frequently treats patients with autism. It is also possible the House could formally reject the Senate version of the budget and trigger the conference committee that will be tasked with drafting a compromise measure. WRAL.com plans to stream the House floor session live at 7 p.m. Check the Video Central box on the homepage.

THE GOVERNOR: Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to appear at a ribbon cutting for Met Life in Cary.


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