Today @NCCapitol (March 2, 2015): Monday night sessions return

Posted March 2, 2015

The North Carolina Legislative Building on Feb. 17, 2015.

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday. Here's what's going on around the state legislature and elsewhere in state government.

Live, from Raleigh, it's Monday night: Both the state House and the Senate will meet at 7 p.m. for the first Monday night business sessions of the year.

The House will be handling a bill that provides funds for the Coal Ash Management Commission and the Academic Standards Review Commission, as well as takes money from the Department of Public Instruction and gives it to the Rules Review Commission. That latter part of the measure was prompted by a lawsuit the state's public education agency brought against the RRC seeking to have its policies exempt from the commission's review.

The state Senate will be voting on a package of technical tax law changes. Senators will also attempt to speed up the pace of the legislative session by moving the crossover deadline forward on the calendar to April 30, a week earlier than had been set. The crossover deadline is the point at which all money-spending bills must pass from one chamber to the other if they are to be eligible for consideration under regular order. Although the crossover date is meant to keep the legislative session from running all year, there are a number of tried-and-true methods legislators regularly employ to circumvent the discipline imposed by the deadline.

The governor gets around: Gov. Pat McCrory will celebrate Read Across America Day in a Charlotte elementary school before moving on to a press briefing in Greensboro around lunch time. He is scheduled to tour the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine's heart institute in the afternoon before returning to Raleigh for North Carolina State University's Founder's Day Dinner.

Advocates: The NAACP will continue its "People's Grand Jury" at noon in the legislative complex.

The week ahead: The House Finance Committee is scheduled to take up both the Senate-authored gas tax bill and the much-awaited economic development measure Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. And after several legislative weeks cut short by nasty weather, it's possible the Raleigh area could see snow again on Thursday.


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