Today@NCCapitol: House poised for budget meetings this week

Posted May 16, 2016

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Monday, May 16. Here's what's going on in state government:

THIS WEEK: House budget writers are due to roll out their roughly $22 billion spending plan this week.

Appropriations subcommittees reviewed pieces of the budget proposal last week. Among the substantive highlights were pieces of the bill that would change how public schools are graded and eliminate ferry tolls.

Among the items that weren't part of last week's review were salary items like raises for teachers and state workers.

The House Finance Committee is scheduled to review the full bill at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The chamber's budget committee will take up the bill later that day. The full House will vote on the bill later in the week.

The public should get its first look at the spending bill at some point Monday.

COAL ASH: House Rules is trying again. The committee twice scheduled meetings last week to take up a bill to reconstitute the Coal Ash Management Commission, the group that had been created to oversee the cleanup of coal ash across the state. Gov. Pat McCrory disbanded the group earlier this year after winning a lawsuit against the General Assembly. The governor won a case that said lawmakers can't take over executive branch functions by appointing the majority of members to boards like the commission.

The wrangling over the reconstituted commission comes as the deadline to designate which coal ash pits across the state pose high, medium or low risks approaches on Wednesday. A pit's rating will determine how, and how quickly, Duke Energy will have to clean it up.

PRESSER: Rep. Yvonne Holley, D-Wake, hosts a news conference with Planned Parenthood and other groups to discuss House Bill 2's impact on women.

MORAL MONDAY: The NAACP and allied groups say they will hold another "Moral Monday" protest at the General Assembly. In addition to issues such as voter rights and funding for schools, the Moral Monday movement has recently adopted opposition to House Bill 2, which deals with LGBT rights, as a key plank in its platform. Moral Monday protests frequently feature arrests when protestors refuse to leave the Legislative Building once it is closed.

SENATE FLOOR: The Senate will hold a no-vote skeleton session Monday.

THE GOVERNOR (11 a.m.): McCrory and Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson cut the ribbon during the North 3rd Street Grand Opening.

HOUSE FLOOR (7 p.m.): The state House will technically open its session at 10 a.m. but not hold votes until 7 p.m.

Among the measures on Monday night's floor calendar are measures changing how the state's Office of Indigent Defense Services is overseen and allowing Wake County towns to donate police dogs to their handlers when the animals retire.


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