Today@NCCapitol (June 7): Dumping on the coal ash bill

Posted June 7, 2016

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

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, June 7. Here's what's going on around state government:

ELECTION: Voters go to the polls to pick party nominees in 11 of the state's 13 congressional districts and to winnow the field of Supreme Court candidates from four to two.

ICYMI: Gov. Pat McCrory made good on his veto threat over recently passed coal ash legislation. He argues the bill is both unconstitutional and will slow the cleanup of coal ash pits across the state. The General Assembly is expected to override the veto.

COUNCIL OF STATE (9 a.m.): The Council of State, a group of 10 officials elected statewide that includes the governor and attorney general, will meet at 9 a.m. The group is slated to approve the first $200 million in borrowing from the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum approved on March 15.

HOUSE FLOOR (2 p.m.): There are no bills listed on Tuesday's House floor calendar. However, it's possible that the House could officially reject the budget the Senate passed last week, which would trigger the conference committee process.

SENATE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The chamber has only one local bill on its calendar, dealing with school funding in Union County.

COMMITTEES: The General Assembly publishes full committee calendar every day. Here's what we're keeping an eye on:

HOUSE AGRICULTURE (10 a.m.): The committee will discuss but not vote on House Bill 992, which changes some of the definitions surrounding North Carolina's program exploring the cultivation of industrial hemp. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live online.

SENATE JUDICIARY I (10 a.m.): The committee takes up House Bill 958, Sheyenne's Law, which would raise the penalties for seriously injuring or killing someone when boating while drunk.

SENATE RULES (11 a.m.): The Senate Rules Committee takes up {{a href="blogpost-4"}}the chamber's regulatory reform bill{{/a}}, which takes aim at electronics recycling and energy efficiency requirements, as well as environmental rules and the state's long-standing ban on the sale of pet turtles.

HOUSE JUDICIARY II (1 p.m.): The committee will take up a bill that would establish that video from police dash cameras and body-worn cameras are not public records. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live online.


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