Today@NCCapitol (May 8): A deadline looms

Posted May 9

This is a picture of the North Carolina flag, although it's a bit tattered.

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Monday, May 9. Here's what's going on in state government:

DEADLINE: Monday is the deadline the U.S. Justice Department gave North Carolina to respond to demands that the state roll back House Bill 2 due to what federal officials described as its discriminatory impact on transgender individuals.

FROM SUNDAY: Gov. Pat McCrory faced Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday to speak about the fallout from and federal challenge to House Bill 2. "It's the federal government being a bully," McCrory said.

PROGRAM EVALUATION: The Program Evaluation Committee and the State Auditor's Office will follow up on a 2014 audit that found problems with the way state health officials and a contractor approve health providers for Medicaid. The report said those issues could open the door to possible abuse and fraud.

The committee is also due to look at legislation revamping how the state channels aid to economically distressed communities.

FLOOR SESSIONS: The state Senate meets at 11:30 a.m. The state House meets at 3 p.m. Neither chamber has any bills on its calendar.

FROM FRIDAY: Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, said that he wants to reconstitute a state panel to oversee the cleanup of unlined coal ash pits across the state.


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