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Today @NCCapitol (July 2): Breaking the logjam

Posted July 2, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Tuesday, July 2. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government today.

SENATE: The state Senate will meet at 2 p.m. today and take up more than two dozen of House bills that had been stripped from the calendar last week. 

At the time, Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca had said the bills were removed to give House and Senate negotiators working on tax reform and the budget time  to talk. So is the return of the bills a sign of progress? 

"I wouldn’t go that far at this point," Apodaca said.

WRAL.com will carry the Senate Session live at 2 p.m. Check the Video Central box on our home page. 

TAXES: One of the bills Senators will be debating today is HB 998, the tax reform measure. 

"The time has come for the Senate to move the tax reform process forward," Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger told his chamber's Finance Committee Monday. Berger had held off on moving the measure forward in order to give his chamber and the House time to negotiate their difference.

While the Senate bill does take some steps toward House positions, it still raises hundreds of millions of dollars less per year than the House version of tax reform would.

"We've participated in a number of intense, but I would say productive, conversations with our House colleagues," Berger, R-Rockingham, told the committee. "We've made a lot of progress."

VOTER ID: Among the items not on the Senate schedule this week: voter ID. Apodaca told the Associated Press Monday that lawmakers will still working on legislation that is expected to incorporate a number of changes to how and when people can vote. 

HOUSE: The state House is out of town this week. Its next skeleton session will be on July 4. 

The Wrap @NCCapitol (July 1) The Wrap @NCCapitol (July 1) WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker hash over the tax bill as well as the latest Moral Monday protests in Monday's The Wrap @NCCapitol

 

MCCRORY: At 9 a.m., Gov. Pat McCrory will chair this month's meeting of the Council of State, a group of 10 statewide elected officials who approve land and borrowing transactions.

COMMITTEES: For a full listing of committees, please see the main @NCCapitol page. Among the highlights: 

Senate Rules (9 a.m. | 1027 LB): The committee takes up a measure that would curtail undercover investigations of factory farms and meat processing centers. 

Senate Judiciary I (10 a.m. 1027 LB): The committee takes up a bill that purports to keep North Carolina from recognizing Sharia Law or any other foreign law in our courts. 

ARRESTS:  More than 80 people submitted to arrest at this week's 'Moral Monday' protests to call attention to the immediate loss of federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 North Carolinians due to the actions of state lawmakers.

MORE STORIES: Other stories we were following Monday include: 

GULP: By a vote of 37-9 Monday night, the state Senate approved House Bill 683, banning local governments from restricting sales of large soft drinks.

Long-term jobless benefits cutoff Protesters decry long-term jobless benefits cutoff UNEMPLOYED: The decision of North Carolina lawmakers to cut the amount and length of state unemployment benefits took effect Sunday, stripping federally funded checks from the state's 71,000 long-term jobless. The U.S. Labor Department says another 100,000 will be cut off in the coming months.

JUSTICE:  With the repeal of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act after just four years on the books, it's uncertain how quickly the state will resume executions or what the legacy will be for the law that proponents say was intended to rid capital punishment of racial bias.

RAIN: "Heavy rains forecast for this week could seriously damage crops already weakened by unusually cool and wet conditions," reports the Charlotte Observer. "Frequent rains and cooler than normal temperatures have delayed planting, growing and harvesting schedules by up to three weeks. Some fields have been unable to be planted or harvested. Some plants have already drowned in the wet soil, and waterborne disease has hit others."

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  • jaybird2974 Jul 2, 10:41 a.m.

    Reply to teleman60 "The cocky talk only goes as far as your first financial tragedy then I want to see you taking a complete loss of everything in your life, losing your home, your family on the street and going hungry. Your belittling efforts to better our ability to withstand these tragedies as a nation shows you as a mental midget..."

    That is exactly what is going on now. Where have you been. And they are making sure that they continue to be without with each bill they pass. The bad thing about the entire matter is just because you are a republican you are to blind to see that they might even be doing it to you. So sad......

  • Plenty Coups Jul 2, 10:07 a.m.

    More regressive taxes that will help insure that the lower and middle class will pay more while the wealthy pay less. Not to mention higher health care costs for everybody due to the refusal to expand Medicaid as well as a cut in revenue that will help keep our educational system down at the very bottom of the nation. Way to go republicans!

  • teleman60 Jul 2, 8:40 a.m.

    Yea, let's keep moving forward INTO THE PAST!!! Bills about State religion, eliminating corp taxes and estate taxes, taxing Social Security, decimating Unemployment, guns in bars and locked in school parking lots, eliminating voting sites and times...etc

    The cocky talk only goes as far as your first financial tragedy then I want to see you taking a complete loss of everything in your life, losing your home, your family on the street and going hungry. Your belittling efforts to better our ability to withstand these tragedies as a nation shows you as a mental midget...

  • junkmail5 Jul 2, 8:38 a.m.

    lets keep this train moving...no time to waste in fixing 100 years of democrat tyranny and nanny-state making
    arfamr1008

    I think you have the sides mixed up... the GOP is the one that wants an official state religion, wants to force folks to cover up nips, wants to tell you who you can marry, wants to tell local governments what land deals they're allowed to make (or forcing them to make them), limit voting time and require an ID, etc...

  • arfamr1008 Jul 2, 8:06 a.m.

    lets keep this train moving...no time to waste in fixing 100 years of democrat tyranny and nanny-state making