Today@NCCapitol (May 11): Coal ash, HB2 on agenda

Posted May 11

This is a view from the back of the North Carolina Legislative Building.

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday, May 11. Here's what's going on around state government:

BUDGET: The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a committee hearing for next Tuesday to review the chamber's version of the 2016-17 budget plan.

HOUSE BILL 2: Rep. Chris Sgro, D-Guilford, holds a news conference at 9:30 a.m. to speak about a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of personal attributes that are protected against discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, education, insurance and lending in North Carolina. will carry this news conference live online.

RECORDS REQUEST: Democratic party leaders will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss who is paying for Gov. Pat McCrory’s travel as he goes on national news programs to speak about House Bill 2.

SENATE EDUCATION (11 a.m.): The Senate Education Committee takes up House Bill 474, a bill that exempts track-out programs from regulations related to "child care."

HOUSE RULES (Noon): The House Rules Committee takes up a bill that would revive the Coal Ash Management Commission, a group created to oversee the removal of toxic coal ash from ponds across the state. McCrory shut down the commission earlier this year after a court ruled that lawmakers set it up in such a way that it unconstitutionally took power away from the governor.

HOUSE JUDICIARY 1 (12:30 p.m.): Committee members will review a bill that would increase the penalty for causing a death by piloting a boat while impaired.

HOUSE SESSION (2 p.m.): No bills are on the calendar, but Speaker Tim Moore said the chamber may take up noncontroversial items coming out of committee hearings.

SENATE SESSION (2 p.m.): The chamber will take up a resolution honoring veterans.


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  • Demute Sainte May 11, 11:18 a.m.
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    HB 1078 is nearly twice as long as HB 2.... and spends $1 MILLION dollars of taxpayer money. LOL!

  • Mone Richards May 11, 10:41 a.m.
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    The bill (equality for all act HB 1078) also adds marital status, familial status, military status, veteran status and genetic information as protected classes...what about weight status, smoker status, height....etc.? We short, fat, smokers (or tall, skinny, non-smokers) need protection also!

  • Gladys Williams May 11, 9:46 a.m.
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    Re-election political ploy to distract. Gov. Coal Ash will do anything to get re-elected. Vote them OUT!!

  • Demute Sainte May 11, 9:09 a.m.
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    Rep. Chris Sgro, D-Guilford... an appointed Democrat that also happens to be the President of the gay advocacy group Equality NC. No conflict of interest there... LOL!

    What if the Republicans appointed the President of Duke Power to a congressional seat and then put him on the coal ash committee. I'm sure everyone would be fine with that.