Today @NCCapitol (March 19): Protest petitions, groundwater rules up for discussion
Posted March 19, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.