Today @NCCapitol (June 4): Tax reform, Charlotte airport, death penalty bills on the table today

Posted June 4, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Tuesday, June 4. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government today.

FIRST UP: The House Finance Committee will take up a version of tax reform put forward by Rep. David Lewis at 8:30 a.m. WRAL.com will take carry the meeting live. Check the Video Central box on our home page. 

SPEAKING OF TAXES: As the House Finance committee prepares to debate the House tax reform plan Tuesday morning, ads and mailers targeting the plan are going out in ten districts – paid for by the left-leaning think tank NC Justice Center.

HOUSE TODAY: The full House is due to meet at 2 p.m. today. House Speaker Thom Tillis said he planned limit session to about two hours in order to ensure enough time for appropriation committees to work on the budget. However, it appears the chamber is poised to debate and pass a measure designed to restart the death penalty that includes repealing the last vestiges of the Racial Justice Act. WRAL.com will carry the House session live. Check the Video Central box on our home page. 

SENATE TODAY: The full Senate meets at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to handle more than 20 bills that originated in the House today. 

MCCRORY: Gov. Pat McCrory will chair the monthly Council of State meeting at 9 a.m. The council, made up of North Carolina's ten statewide elected officials, oversees matters related to property transfers, emergency spending and borrowing. 

The Wrap @NCCapitol (June 3) The Wrap @NCCapitol (June 3) ARRESTS: More than 150 people were arrested during "Mega Moral Monday," the fifth in a series of protests lead by the NAACP at the Republican-controlled legislature.

WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker review Monday's legislative news in The Wrap @NCCapitol

COMMITTEES: For a full list of today's legislative committees, please see the main @NCCapitol page. Among the highlights: 

House Transportation (Noon | LOB 643): The committee takes up a measure that would move managed of the Charlotte Douglas Airport from the city to a regional airport authority. The Senate has already passed the measure. House Speaker Thom Tillis tells the Associated Press he would like the city to have a bigger voice in the airports operation under the House version of the bill. 

Senate Judiciary 1 (10 a.m. | 1027 LB): Committee members take up a bill that would increase penalties related manufacturing methamphetamine. 

Senate Commerce (11 a.m. | 1027 LB): Sports teams throughout the state would be able to conduct in-stand beer sales by roving vendors under a bill the committee is scheduled to consider today. 

Rep. Bryan Holloway 060313 WASP101: Despite a mountain of evidence that points to him being the somewhat racy fashion blogger WASP101, Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, once again denied last night he was the journal's author. "One thing I would point out is how many brown dachshunds are out there, how many Brooks Brothers ties are hanging on the rack at a Brooks Brothers store," he told WRAL. "I’m 5’10”, I have brown hair, I’m white. There’s a hundred million people who could look just like me."

OTHER STORIES: Other stories we were following Monday included:

HE'S BACK: Former state Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, officially returned to his old post in the House of Representatives on Monday after Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him to fill the vacant 34th District seat.

BUDGET TIMELINE: House Speaker Thom Tillis announced Monday night that the House's version of Senate Bill 402, the budget, will be voted on next week.

JOBS:  A company that provides custom professional research and analytics services to clients around the world says it will establish a U.S. center in Wake County, creating 400 new jobs by the end of 2017.


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