Today @NCCapitol (March 6): Red Route, building codes, elections and lottery

Posted March 6, 2013

— 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. 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. 

Rep. David Lewis GOP House leaders discuss voter ID 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. 

Rep. Mickey Michaux Legislative Black Caucus news conference 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. will carry this meeting live at 1 p.m. Check the Video Central box on the home page. 

The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 5) The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 5)  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. 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.

Handgun generic, firearm Resolution against federal gun laws called 'pointless' 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:


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  • overitnow11 Mar 6, 2013

    this comment post is useless. they wont post what people say. it will only post wat they want people to hear.

  • overitnow11 Mar 6, 2013

    i geuss since this is a nc news post i gotta type something good about the republicans before they post it. since they control everything you see an hear in the south. great job guys thats very responsible behavior gion out back and shooting guns.thats what we need to get gun violence under control. is promote it. idk what these democrats are thinking. so everybody get your guns out an start shooting to end gun violence. these people r truly unreal!!

  • overitnow11 Mar 6, 2013

    shooting guns behind legisltive building? but the right wingers still claim there not responsible for all nut jobs shooting innocent people. when they promote it. this is most insane thing ive ever read. they wanna bring us back in time 100 yrs

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Mar 6, 2013

    A bill to take the word "education" out of the lottery name (jobs created: zero). A bill to study the red route through Garner (jobs created: zero). A bill to require ID at polls (jobs created: zero). A bill to rollback energy efficiency provisions in the building code (seriously?? job created: zero). Silencers on guns while hunting (wha?? jobs created: zero). Concealed guns on school property - if inside a car (wha?? jobs created: zero).

    Net jobs created by legislator and governor this term so far: +150 in Charlotte, -23,000 statewide. Total new jobs so far: -22,850.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 6, 2013

    We need better vocational and on-the-job training programs that will help companies fill the increasingly specialized roles they require in today's growing services and online industries. China does, and it's part of the reason they're passing us by!

    The culture needs to change. People here think they can get a degree in 15th Century Hungarian Lesbian studies get out of college and get a 6 figure job the next day. When they find out they cant, they dont want to work for anything less. So they hang out and whine about how unfair the system is. I work in robotics now and I tell young people I meet to learn a skill that is marketable. Manufacturing will come back to the US eventually but robots will be doing the work. An arts degree isnt going to get you a job fixing the robots.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 6, 2013

    Crumps Br0ther: "Probably the same as Barrys "laser like focus on jobs:...Excellent, thanks for pointing out that the Republicans here in this State are just as incompetent as the administration in the White House...(That you despise)

    Well you gotta root for the home team even when they arent playing well. And I dont despise them, I just think he is really inept, in over his head, and not a good leader. Im sure he is probably a decent dude and a good dad. He just isnt a good president and his record shows it.

  • oakcity Mar 6, 2013

    "my take...... is it will allow them without recourse to tap those funds for other programs that are not education"


  • SouthernPackerFan Mar 6, 2013

    What is the reasoning for taking the word education out of the education lottery?


    my take...... is it will allow them without recourse to tap those funds for other programs that are not education

  • hppyhourhero Mar 6, 2013

    Crumps Br0ther: "Probably the same as Barrys "laser like focus on jobs:...Excellent, thanks for pointing out that the Republicans here in this State are just as incompetent as the administration in the White House...(That you despise)

  • Brian Jenkins Mar 6, 2013

    Really? We just hired 4. 3 were full time. vinylcarwraps23

    at a living wage?
    Crumps Br0ther
    March 6, 2013 9:33 a.m.
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    One sales asst at $13/hr + full benefits. Living? Sure? A lot? NO. Its entry level. Im not sure what the IT guy is making. We are getting a new computer system and the pay was not posted on our website. We also hired a warehouse worker at $11/hr + benefits. Im also not sure about the pay of the new HR lady. Im 99% sure the HR position and IT position pays more than the sales asst.