Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Wednesday, March 6. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.
HOUSE: House lawmakers once again have a light schedule today. No floor votes are scheduled for when the chamber meets at 2 p.m.
SENATE: The Senate will be cleaning up some old business during its floor today. A bill that updates the state's internal revenue code and does not extend North Carolina's earned income tax credit is due for final Senate approval. It has undergone no changes since it came over from the house, so if the measure passes third reading today it will go to the governor.
The Senate is also expected to take an initial vote on moving management of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the City of Charlotte to a regional authority. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live at 2 p.m. Check the Video Central box on the home page.
THE BIG MEETING: The most interesting meeting of the day may be House Elections, where lawmakers are scheduled to hear from State Board of Elections officials.
The General Assembly is getting ready to consider legislation that would require voters to show and ID when they go to the polls. Election officials, such as Director Gary Bartlett, have repeatedly cautioned that voter ID would be a complicated solution to a problem that is not terribly prevalent in North Carolina. Voter ID proponents point out widespread support among voters and say it would help secure elections against any appearance of fraud.
He told "The Insider" government newsletter today that any voter ID approach needed to equip precinct-level officials with the technology to reliably match people to their IDs and detect forgeries.
Gov. Pat McCrory reiterated his support for a photo ID requirement Tuesday. Meanwhile, it is possible that the committee could ask Bartlett about a system used in the 2012 elections that allowed voters to sign registration forms on their phones or tablets.
WRAL.com will carry this meeting live at 1 p.m. Check the Video Central box on the home page.
WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker talk about the beginning of voter ID legislation's run through the House and other action from Tuesday during The Wrap @NCCapitol.
COMMITTEES: For a complete list of committee meetings, check the main @NCCapitol page. Highlights of other scheduled legislative action today include:
HOUSE JUDICIARY B (10 a.m. / LOB 421) Lawmakers will hear a bill that would take the word "education" out of the name of the North Carolina Education Lottery. The measure would also place restrictions on advertising. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live at 10 a.m. Check the Video Central box on the home page.
SENATE TRANSPORTATION (11 a.m. / LB 1027) Transportation officials would be able to study the "Red Route" path for interstate 540 through Garner under a House bill that Senators will review today.
HOUSE REGULATORY REFORM (10 a.m. / LOB 643) Lawmakers will look at a bill that would roll back energy efficiency provisions in the state's building code.
GUNS: On a party-line vote, the House Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution opposing any push for more gun control at the federal level. The resolution isn't binding outside of the legislative building, but is meant to push back against an "out-of-control federal government," Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, said Tuesday. Meanwhile, House and Senate lawmakers held a shooting contest behind the legislative building. And Senate lawmakers filed bills to allow hunting with silencers and allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their weapons onto school property if the firearm is locked in a car.
IN OTHER ACTION: In case you missed it as it happened:
- The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill increasing fees for boat owners in order to pay for coastal dredging.
- State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler warned the federal sequester could affect meat supplies.
- North Carolina's insurance commissioner announced homeowner insurance rates would rise and average for 7 percent this summer.
- School officials say offering bible study classes would be a tricky proposition.
- A bill introduced in the House on Monday would prohibit employers from asking job applicants whether they are convicted felons.