Raleigh, N.C. — 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. WRAL.com 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.