Today@NCCapitol (May 26): House bolts, Senate draws a line

Posted May 26

This is a shot of the entrance area to the N.C. Legislative Building.

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Thursday, May 26. Here's what's going on around the legislature:

THE HOUSE: There are no House committees on the calendar. House Speaker Tim Moore announced that there would be no votes during floor sessions Thursday and Friday. That will allow most lawmakers a five-day break over the Memorial Day weekend before returning to work next Tuesday.

ICYMI: A measure that could allow private charter school companies to take over some low-performing North Carolina public schools cleared a divided House Education Committee late in the day on Wednesday.

THE SENATE (11 a.m.): Senators are scheduled to finish work on a bill to correct North Carolina's border with South Carolina that takes a handful of Palmetto State residents and turns them into Tar Heels.

A controversial measure to limit the tuition students would pay at five University of North Carolina system schools is on the calendar, but Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, says it will likely be withdrawn. Apodaca, the measure's sponsor, met with UNC President Margaret Spellings and chancellors of the affected schools on Wednesday afternoon.

The chamber is also due to take up Senate Bill 792, which would require the state set a cap on damages it could sue a computer contractor for if that business fails to perform work as required by an Information Technology contract. High-profile problems have cost the state millions of dollars in relation to Medicaid billing and revenue collection systems. "The amount of liability shall be presumed to be no more than two times the value of the contract," according to a bill summary.

VOTES (11:30 a.m.): Democracy North Carolina will hold a news conference to announce its findings of problems voters encountered during the March 15 primary. Those findings will be part of a court brief to be filed in a case pending before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that is challenging North Carolina's 2013 election law, which included a photo ID requirement.

COMMITTEES: The General Assembly publishes a full committee calendar daily. Among the items we're keeping an eye on:

Senate Judiciary 1 (10 a.m.): The committee will take up Senate Bill 867, which will "require applicants for teacher licensure to be checked for a criminal history in the State and National Repositories of Criminal Histories," according to a bill summary.

Senate Judiciary 2 (10 a.m.): The committee takes up House Bill 847, which will say that parents can't be reported for abuse if they don't follow the treatment plan laid out by a doctor for their child. The current version of the bill "also sets out the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education and care of their child," according to a bill summary.


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