Today@NCCapitol (May 3): Education, appointments, energy headline the day

Posted May 3, 2016

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

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, May 3. Here's what's happening around the legislature and state government:

FLOOR SESSIONS: The Senate and the House meet at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Neither chamber has any votes scheduled on its calendar.

FROM MONDAY: The McCrory administration plans to appeal an order from a Superior Court judge requiring state officials to provide sworn statements in a public records lawsuit filed by a coalition of media and advocacy groups.

HOUSE FINANCE (9 a.m.): Members of the Finance Committee will take up a bill that deals with how the state and federal tax codes interact. The bill is somewhat controversial because it does not allow North Carolinians to exclude the amount of principal on a first mortgage that is forgiven from their income taxes. That means someone who gets part of their mortgage forgiven will have to count that as income, something that will drive up their taxes.

COUNCIL OF STATE (9 a.m.): The 10-member Council of State, a group of statewide elected officials that includes Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper, is scheduled mainly to deal with real estate matters, but the meeting often provides a forum for officials to sound off about issues that are on their minds.

EDUCATION (9:30 a.m.): The North Carolina Association of Educators and top legislative Democrats will hold a news conference to address education funding and the need to "restore respect to the education profession in order to recruit and retain teachers." WRAL.com will carry this news conference live online.

SENATE HEALTH (11 a.m.): The Senate Health Care committee takes up Senate Bill 734, which would allow the state health director to issue a statewide standing order for the "opioid antagonist" naloxone hydrochloride, which is used to fight drug overdoses.

ENERGY (noon): Conservatives for Clean Energy hosts an event at the City Club in downtown Raleigh to release new polling on voters' support for renewable energy, as well as political questions.

APPOINTMENTS (3:30 p.m.): The House Rules Committee and the Senate Nominations Committee both meet to take up various nominations by McCrory.


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