Today@NCCapitol (May 31): Tidying up the March primary

Posted May 31, 2016

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

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, May 31. Here's what's going on at the legislature and elsewhere in state government:

ELECTIONS (1 p.m.): The State Board of Elections is scheduled to sign off on the election results from the March 15 primary. Generally, this canvass meeting is held a week or two after an election. However, the state board wanted to make sure that new voter ID rules were applied consistently across the state. Among other work, the board will review how the Durham County Board of Elections mishandled provisional ballots and whether the county should call a new election.

COAL ASH: Both the House and the Senate are expected to sign off a final version of the bill reviving the Coal Ash Management Commission. Passage was delayed when its sponsors found a technical error they wanted to fix dealing with how water is supplied to the homes where wells have been fouled by coal ash contamination.

SENATE FLOOR: The Senate calendar lists a 9 a.m. session, but the chamber's leaders say they won't meet for votes until late in the afternoon. Among the bills on the calendar in addition to the coal ash measure is the Senate's ante for the annual regulatory reform bill, which includes a provision legalizing turtle sales.

HOUSE FLOOR (2 p.m.): The House is scheduled to take up the coal ash bill and House Bill 347, which is aimed at allowing state laboratory analysts to submit written reports to court rather than having to appear in person. WRAL.com plans to carry this session live online.

THE BUDGET: Senate leaders have said they will unveil their version of the state budget Tuesday but have been vague as to timing. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said last week that he expects the measure to clear its floor votes by the end of this week.


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