Today@NCCapitol (July 21): Primaries, taxes on agenda

Posted July 21, 2015

NC Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Tuesday, July 21. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly.

HOUSE SCHEDULE: House Speaker Tim Moore, speculated Monday night that Thursday may be a "no-vote" session this week as committees wind down their work for the summer.

"The committees do not have a great deal of work before them," Moore, R-Cleveland, said.

That's just the latest sign that legislative leaders are ready to wind down their normal business for they year and shift their focus to a handful of high-profile, and highly contentious issues, including passing a state budget that is now three weeks overdue.

IN THE SENATE: The state Senate is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Among the bills it will take up is a measure moving North Carolina's presidential preference primary to March 15.

IN THE HOUSE: Members of the House will finish deliberations on a bill that aims to preserve historic artifacts and memorials, including Confederate statues and emblems.

THE COMMITTEE WE'RE WATCHING: The General Assembly publishes full legislative calendar daily. Among the panels meeting Tuesday is the Senate Finance Committee, which has a dozen bills on its calendar, including one titled "Various Changes to the Revenue Laws."

SPEAKING TAXES: Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is scheduled to hold a news conference at noon to pitch his idea for changing how sales taxes are distributed between rural and urban areas.


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