Today @NCCapitol (March 5): Voter ID begins its run

Posted March 5, 2013

Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Tuesday, March 5. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.

VOTER ID: Republican leaders promised to pursue legislation that would require voters to show some sort of identification at the polls both when they campaigned last year and in the run up to the 2013 legislative session. It now appears House lawmakers are ready to begin work on the topic. 

House Speaker Thom Tillis has scheduled a news conference to talk about the issue today at 10 a.m. WRAL.com will carry the news conference live. Check the Video Central box on our home page. A recent Elon University Poll found 72 percent of respondents favored such as policy. Neither the House nor Senate has introduced a voter ID bill yet. 

A spokesman for Tillis said Friday that this week would mark the start of "the process" of voter ID legislation, indicating that public hearings and discussion would precede work on legislation. 

The House Elections Committee will meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. A committee notice from the clerk says "No Bills. No Votes. This is an introductory meeting and a presentation by the State Board of Elections." It's possible lawmakers may ask about a voter registration system that allowed potential voters to sign their registration via electronic pen.

BLACK CAUCUS: At noon, the Legislative Black Caucus will hold a presser to talk about their priorities for the session. Expect to hear about voter ID during that discussion. WRAL.com will carry the news conference live. Check the Video Central box on our home page.

The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 4) The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 4)  MONDAY NIGHT: State House lawmakers voted 71-43 Monday night to approve a proposal to eliminate, fire or reconfigure more than two dozen state oversight boards. However, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 10, Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, says he disagrees with many of the changes made by the House and will ask that the bill be sent to a conference committee. 

Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie reviews that and other action from Monday in The Wrap @NCCapitol

MCCRORY: Gov Pat McCrory is scheduled to chair the monthly Council of State meeting at 9 a.m. The council is made up of North Carolina's 10 statewide elected officials and mainly oversees property matters, bond issues and other ministerial functions. 

Later in the day, the governor will meet with members of the Metro Mayors Coalition, a group that he helped to found. At 2:15 p.m., he will hold a news conference outside the Executive Mansion. 

IF YOU MISSED IT: In other government news Monday, the Elon University Poll found voters want stricter gun laws and are withholding judgment on McCrory. Also, Democrats called for the McCrory administration rethink a controversial license design for certain immigrants allowed to stay in the U.S. under the federal deferred action program. 

TUESDAY MEETINGS: For a complete list of today's legislative committee hearings, check the main @NCCapitol page. Among the highlights not already noted:

HOUSE FLOOR (2 p.m.): No bills are scheduled for floor action. 

SENATE FLOOR (2:30 p.m.): The most notable bill on the calendar is the Internal Revenue Code update. This bill is typically a technical revision of the state tax code, but Democrats have used it to push for an extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is due to expire at the end of this year. 

HOUSE RULES (11 a.m. / LB 1228) will hear HB 63: Support Right to Bear Arms. This is a House resolution, which means it doesn't hold the force of law outside the legislative building, but it would give a strong indication of the type of firearms legislation likely to pass the chamber this year. It also encourages the federal government not to take actions that would limit Second Amendment rights. 

SENATE AG / ENVIRONMENT (11 a.m. / LOB 544) will hear three bills, including a measure to require state environmental officials to provide technical support for regional water systems and another dealing with the locations and footprints of landfills for construction and demolition waste. 


NC HEALTH NEWS: "Doctors serving Medicare patients. Scientists looking for a better way to treat diabetes. HIV patients who can’t afford to buy their medications. These are but some of the many people who will be affected by the automatic federal spending cuts that officially take effect (Monday)."

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: "A bill that would transfer control of Charlotte’s airport from the city to an independent authority should “slow down,” Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday."

N & O: "Forty years ago, when North Carolina banned using deep wells to permanently dump industrial waste, some thought the issue had been decided for good. Now state lawmakers who want to turn North Carolina into the nation’s next fracking hotspot are reopening the case for injecting brines and toxins deep underground. This time, the proposal is shifting the fracking debate from the center of the state, where the energy exploration and economic benefits would occur, to tourism-dependent coastal communities where the disposal wells would have to be drilled."

STATELINE: "In recent weeks, the South Dakota legislature has been rattled over a bill that aims to make schools safer by introducing “school sentinels” — teachers, administrators, security guards or community volunteers who would carry guns to protect their schools....South Dakota is among several states considering new school safety laws in the wake of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 young students and six adults dead."


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  • Wirklich Mar 5, 2013

    GOP, proceed with increasing government spending for the sake of earning cheap political points. The reality is, this is a non-issue. There is no significant quantitative evidence of voter fraud.

    You have apparently succeeded in convincing many to believe there are problems (so you can then heroically fix a "fabricated" problem.)I do recall reading of one voter fraud case in NC (a Republican zealot, who was caught trying to make a point.)

    Proof of growing disgust of your backward policies will be realized at the next election, ID or not.

    Go ahead, hire more government employees in all 100 counties and get those machines cranking out IDs!

  • downtowner Mar 5, 2013

    "We would have a leader who is concerned with making The United States of America prosperous again..."

    Brilliant, yelnatsthegreat! What stunning political critique! What insight! No one knows what lies inside Mitt Romney's hedge fund loving soul better than you! Now off to mourn the terrible mistake that we all made! *Sob *sob...

  • Nope Mar 5, 2013

    yelnatsthegreat - YOU are missing the point - there are no proven problems with in-person voter fraud in NC. This is just additional big government intrusion.

  • TheOldAdmiral Mar 5, 2013

    The right to vote is precious, and should be protected for those who deserve it. The illegal votes of those who benfit from socialist, welfare policies are very important to the Dems, so naturally they don't want to lose them. You can't use a credit card or get a library card without ID, why should you be able to vote?

  • NYtoNC81 Mar 5, 2013

    yelnatsthegreat: You're missing the big picture. If elections were fair, and each person could only have one vote count, then we would not have this miserable excuse excuse of a community organizer trying to dictate his socialist agenda. We would have a leader who is concerned with making The United States of America prosperous again...

    Me: Haha, good one. You're making fun of the crazy people who think actual in-person voter fraud is a legitimate problem right?

  • Disabled Vet Mar 5, 2013

    The ONLY ones crying are those that aren't eligible to vote in the first place!

  • wildpig777 Mar 5, 2013

    voter ID = goverment intrusion and loss of freedom. your rights are under extreme assualt by any politican who supports voter id.

    there is no voter fraud in nc-- and you supporters of this non sense better wake up and ask yourself if you want to continue to be spoon fed by the gov ment. evidently yall do.

  • yelnatsthegreat Mar 5, 2013

    Nope: This ought to get the economy rolling!

    You're missing the big picture. If elections were fair, and each person could only have one vote count, then we would not have this miserable excuse excuse of a community organizer trying to dictate his socialist agenda. We would have a leader who is concerned with making The United States of America prosperous again...

    Each state should require voter ID, to ensure voter integrity.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 5, 2013

    Good, lets take care of this and keep moving. The overwhelming opposition to this by the left raises more questions than it answers. They are so against it, there has to be more to it than what they claim.

  • Tax Man Mar 5, 2013

    Yes to Voter ID! In my 65 years in America I have not ever known even one person who did not have a picture ID. In NC anyone can easily get a DMV issued ID if they don't drive - that is anyone here legally. Our most precious right needs to be protected from fraud and imposters. A simple act of showing your ID when you vote does not hurt anyone - on one! When I lived in California - one of the most liberal states - we always had to show our drivers license or ID to get our ballot and it had to have the same address as you were registered to vote or you did not get the ballot - we always kept our ID current and always had it to show to the poll workers. With current technology it is so much easier to track folks who are here legally so getting all registered voters to have a picture ID should be pretty easy and inexpensive. It is a good idea!