Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, May 24. Here's what's happening around state government:
HB2: State lawmakers were monitoring a potential vote by the Charlotte City Council to repeal their transgender nondiscrimination statute Monday night. That vote never came, but both Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters that such a move was a prerequisite to the legislature taking up any bill that would roll back parts of House Bill 2.
THE GOVERNOR (10:15 a.m.): Gov. Pat McCrory will make an announcement with his Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force at the Executive Mansion.
SENATE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The state Senate will take up a bill to expand the standard deduction for income tax filers, effectively extending a tax break to low- and middle-income residents. The chamber will also take up a resolution honoring the late Sen. Earline Parmon.
Parmon served in the state House for a decade before winning election to the Senate in 2012. Before coming to the legislature, she served 12 years a Forsyth County commissioner. She was working as outreach director for 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams when she died earlier this year.
WRAL.com will carry this meeting live online. Check the Video Central box on our home page.
HOUSE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The state House takes up House Bill 474, a bill that would exclude track-out programs from child care rules. The chamber will also take up the resolution honoring Parmon.
HOSPITALS: Members of the North Carolina Hospital Association will be holding a lobby day at the legislature. In addition to meeting with lawmakers, members of the group will host an exhibit that shows how hospitals help train medical providers.
COMMITTEES: For a full calendar of legislative committee meetings, check the ncleg.net home page. Here are the meetings we're paying attention to:
SENATE EDUCATION (11 a.m.): The committee takes up House Bill 632, which creates a study of online student data privacy. The committee will also examine Senate Bill 867, which expands the number of teachers who have to undergo background checks.
HOUSE TRANSPORTATION (Noon): The House Transportation Committee takes up House Bill 1050, which calls for "no discrimination against motorcyclists." As defined by the current version of the bill, discrimination would "restrict or inhibit the access of a motorcyclist to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility." The committee is also scheduled to review House Bill 959, which makes various changes to how the Department of Transportation operates. WRAL.com will carry this meeting live online. Check the Video Central box on our home page.
SENATE FINANCE (1 p.m.): The Finance Committee will take up Senate Bill 575, which is designed to make the work of redefining North Carolina's border with South Carolina easier. In particular, the bill clears the way for property that had been thought to be in one state but was actually in the other to be set on the correct side of the state line.