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Today@NCCapitol (May 23): Now it's the Senate's turn

Posted May 23

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— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Monday, May 23. Here's what's going on around the state legislature:

HOUSE FLOOR: The House will meet for a no-vote, skeleton session Monday at 5 p.m.

SENATE FLOOR: The state Senate meets at 4 p.m. to take up a bill to extend an income tax break. The bill is prelude to the Senate taking up its version of the budget soon.

The House finished work on its version of the spending plan last week.

"They're going to send it over here so we can fix it," Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, joked with his colleagues on Thursday.

On a more serious note, Apodaca warned members of the Senate's budget committee to be on the lookout for subject-area subcommittee meetings this week, perhaps as soon as Monday afternoon. But as of 8 p.m. Sunday, there were no committee meetings on the calendar.

ICYMI: Hundreds of families with special needs children worry that the state could slash funding to a program they depend on for their daily needs. The Department of Health and Human Services is looking at merging two Medicaid waiver programs for efficiency. The move would limit the number of slots available in the program for children with special needs and would reduce money for such things as paying for overnight nurses for a certain number of hours.

BLUE CROSS: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina insures about 3.8 million of the 10 million people in the state. President Brad Wilson talks about recent operational problems, the Affordable Care Act and preventative care in this weekend's episode of "On the Record."

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