Today@NCCapitol (June 20): Wind farms, Bill of Rights, another 'Moral Monday' rally

Posted June 20, 2016

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

— 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.


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  • Danny Basden Jun 21, 2016
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    I'd be willing to take you up on that bet.
    The senate approved the plan by a 41-5 vote so I hardly think this was a move by just the Republicans of the NCGA, Duke Power or our governor. If you really understood North Carolina and our link to the Military you would know that low level training missions have been a part of Eastern NC for decades. You would also know that the Military has specific corridors that they fly during these missions to stay away from populated areas and commercial traffic. These are the areas in question. As for national security, bombing ranges in our coastal areas are used by military jets from all over the US – almost daily.
    This is a just a case of legislation catching up with newer technologies. Maybe it would be more acceptable to the conspiracy theory group if we put these wind farms in the best place possible. The Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. The winds there are the best in NC – yep, didn’t think so.

  • Eric Hammond Jun 20, 2016
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    why "outlaw wind farms..." rather than...restrict low-level flight training to certain "corridors"? sounds like an attempt by Duke power to eliminate competition to me! Tell me, who will determine where wind farms can/can't be built (or if at all)? Willing to bet ya' it will be the Duke Power lackeys on the NC Utilities Commission! (let us not forget EXACTLY WHO the man who Appointed the current Utilities Commission, as well as be the one who signs said bill into law, REALLY works for!)

    Can you say "conflict of interest" children? SURE! I knew you could!