Today @NCCapitol (May 17): House committees to review tax breaks, state worker pay raises

Posted May 17, 2016

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

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, May 17. Here's what's going on around the legislature and state government:

HOUSE BUDGET: The House Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. followed by a day-long Appropriations Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. The two panels will review a House budget bill and accompanying money report that spends $22.25 billion during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The bill raises salaries for both teachers and state employees and expands the standard deduction, the portion of income on which North Carolina residents don't pay income tax.

The day-long meeting will give budget writers a chance to make changes to the bill – adding and subtracting line items – before it heads to the House floor later in the week.

HOUSE FLOOR (10 a.m.): The full House will meet at 10 a.m. The only votes scheduled concern non-controversial local bills, including a measure to make it easier for police officers to keep the K-9 dogs they worked with when the animal is ready to retire.

SENATE FLOOR (4 p.m.): The state Senate meets at 4 p.m. Among the bills on its calendar are measures increasing the penalty for squatting in foreclosed properties and making an antidote to opioid drug overdoses widely available.

SENATE HEALTH (11 a.m.): The Senate Health Committee meets at 11 a.m. Among other bills, it will discuss a measure –– Senate Bill 830 –– that would add Kratom to the state's controlled substances list. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Kratom is a drug in "Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and other areas of Southeast Asia" that has been used as a stimulant. "Kratom was also used in Southeast Asia and by Thai natives to substitute for opium when opium is not available," according to the DEA.

The committee will also review a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to report more frequently on the transformation of the state's Medicaid program from its current fee-for-service model to the managed health care model lawmakers approved last year.

THE GOVERNOR (1 p.m.): Gov. Pat McCrory will tour a school and participate in a digital learning demonstration at the Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill.


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