Today@NCCapitol (June 20): Wind farms, Bill of Rights, another 'Moral Monday' rally
Posted June 20, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Monday, June 20. Here's what's going on around the General Assembly:
What could be one of the final weeks of the 2016 session is off to a busy start. While no committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, both chambers will take up substantive legislation during their Monday night meetings – something that hasn't always been the case this session.
The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. but hold its actual session at 7 p.m. The agenda for the evening includes the 2016 Farm Act, a bill that would ban wind farms in low-level air training corridors in eastern North Carolina, and Senate Bill 481, a proposal with two key components: it would allow crowd-funding by North Carolina investors for in-state start-ups, and it would require the state Department of Revenue to publish its so-called "private letter rulings." WRAL.com will carry this session live online.
The House meets at 7 p.m. Its calendar includes a resolution pledging to uphold the Bill of Rights, a proposal to waive the fee for an ID card for people with disabilities and a measure that would grant a member of the U.S. Supreme Court or any U.S. Court of Appeals the authority to marry a couple in North Carolina over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. While no particular justice or judge has been named for security reasons, background sources say a member of the Supreme Court will be in the state over the weekend to perform the marriage of a former clerk.
The state chapter of the NAACP and the "Moral Monday" movement will hold a rally at the Legislative Building honoring the Orlando, Fla., shooting victims and the anniversary of the Charleston, S.C., shooting. That rally is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
ICYMI: This week's "On the Record" looked at the debate within journalism about how best to cover tragedies like the Orlando massacre.