Today@NCCapitol (March 1): Keeping an eye on budget rollout

Posted March 1

Gov. Roy Cooper

— Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to roll out his state budget proposal at Durham Technical Community College at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

So far, the Democrat has emphasized education spending when he's talked about his budget plans. WRAL.com plans to carry the presentation live online.

It's unclear what sort of reception Cooper's administration will get on Thursday when they present the spending plan to lawmakers. Members of the Senate and House budget subcommittees have been sifting through budget materials for the past two weeks during morning meetings.

TheWrap@NCCapitol (Feb. 28, 2017) Tuesday Wrap: HB2 presser-palooza Floor sessions: The Senate and the House are scheduled to begin their floor sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, but those will be no-vote sessions held to move bills from committee to committee during the day. Both chambers will hold voting sessions later in the day. The Senate has no bills on its calendar yet. The House has nine bills on its calendar, including one delaying a key submission to the U.S. Department of Education.

Committees: The General Assembly posts a full legislative committee calendar online.

Among the meetings we're keeping an eye on Wednesday is a showdown in the House Health Committee between optometrists and ophthalmologists. Optometrists want the right to perform certain types of surgeries now restricted to their colleagues, who hold medical degrees.

WRAL.com plans to carry the committee meeting live online.

State of the State: A House resolution filed Tuesday invites Cooper to give the State of the State address at 7 p.m. March 13.


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