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Today @NCCapitol: Lawmakers consider new rules and get in GEAR

Posted April 2, 2015

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, April 2. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government today.

POWER FIX: Gov. Pat McCrory will sign a bill that promises to lower power rates in eastern North Carolina by lessening the debt power a power cooperative owned by more than 30 cities and towns.

SHOT DOWN: Senate sponsors of a controversial proposal to remove the religious exemption from immunization requirements say they're dropping the bill after negative constituent feedback.

RULES: The House Rules Committee will meet at 8 a.m. to adopt permanent rules for the session. Yes, the chamber has been working under temporary rules for the past three months.

GEAR: Members of the Natural and Economic Resources budget subcommittees will hear a presentation on raising state park fees and other recommendations contained in the governor's NC GEAR proposals.

SPRING BREAK: The Senate will join the state House in taking a Spring Break next week. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger's office says the chamber won't hold floor votes next week, although some committees may meet and Republicans plan to get together for caucus meetings to discuss upcoming legislation.

FLOOR SESSIONS: The House floor session will take place at 10 a.m. The Senate will meet at 11 a.m.

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