Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday May 18. Here's what's going on around the state legislature:
HOUSE BUDGET: The state House is scheduled to debate and give tentative approval to its version of the budget at 2 p.m.
Although committee discussion in the House Finance Committee was feisty at times, the debate in the Appropriations Committee was relatively tame. Budget writers did spend some time sparring over an amendment that moved $8.7 million in transportation funds to pay for a new State Bureau of Investigation plane, but that was one of the few sore spots during the nearly seven-hour debate. WRAL.com will carry the House floor debate live online.
SENATE FINANCE (1 p.m.): The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to debate a pair of tax cutting bills. One expands the zero bracket on which individuals would pay no taxes. While the bill is similar to a tax measure in the House budget, the version posted online would create a bigger break for the next tax year.
HOUSE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (10:30 a.m.): Committee members will debate a measure allowing local governments to give retired service animals to their handlers or families. The measure had received tentative approval on the House floor but was sent back to committee for more work.
SENATE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The state Senate will take up a bill making adjustments to the state's ongoing Medicaid transformation process.