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Today @NCCapitol (March 19): Protest petitions, groundwater rules up for discussion

Posted March 19, 2015

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— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, March 19. Here's what's going on at the state legislature and around state government.

THE HOUSE: Lawmakers will take up a package of changes to the state's criminal laws at 2 p.m. Members are also expected to elect members to the UNC Board of Governors.

THE SENATE: Senators will meet at 11 a.m. to vote on a package of changes to the tax code, including adjustments to what taxpayers may owe under certain circumstances for 2014.

COMMITTEES WE'RE WATCHING: Two interesting House committees meet at 10 a.m.:

  • House Local Government will take up a bill that does away with protest petitions in zoning cases. These petitions allow neighbors of a property being rezoned to force a city council to assemble a super-majority before approving the change to how land might be used. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live.
  • House Environment will take a look at a controversial report on easing rules for groundwater polluters.

ADVOCATES: Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, holds an 11:30 a.m. news conference to introduce a bill that would allow medical examiners access to inmates' medical records in cases where there is a death in custody. WRAL.com plans to carry this event live.

GOVERNOR: Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to speak in Raleigh at 3 p.m. to the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. The occasion helps mark the 175th anniversary of North Carolina's public education system.

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  • Phil Larson Mar 19, 2015
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    House Environment will take a look at a controversial report on easing rules for groundwater polluters.

    Of course they will, to hell with the citizens, if someone can make a buck and they pollute our drinking water, so what, it's a buck.

  • Jack Jones Mar 19, 2015
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    Hope our rural neighbors see their Republicans in the House Environment Committee looking at easing groundwater pollution rules.