Today @NCCapitol (Sept. 23): The end-of-session dance has begun

Posted September 23, 2015

Legislative Building

— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday, Sept. 23. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

WRAPPING UP: House Speaker Tim Moore told House members they will not be working Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

"The plan is to come back in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and adjourn on Wednesday for the long session," Moore, R-Cleveland, said. "I will say, given the ends of sessions I've been at before, given we're still here in September, it's probably a little more manageable and a little more of friendly schedule."

STAY ON YOUR TOES: Both the House and the Senate spent Tuesday moving in and out of their floor session and moving committees from one time to another. This stop-and-go schedule will likely continue through the end of session.

FINANCE: The House Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. It is scheduled to vet bills dealing with various revenue changes (Senate Bill 605) as well as a farm bill that contains a provision dealing with deer farming.

HOUSE: The state House is scheduled to take a final vote on House Bill 117, the economic incentives package. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live at 9:30 a.m.

SENATE: The state Senate is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. to take an initial vote on a $2 billion bond package, as well as a bill moving some money from public schools to charter schools.

ADVOCATES: Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson, hosts a news conference at 11 a.m. for Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash. "The aim of the alliance is to demand better solutions for permanently and safely disposing of coal ash from DENR, Duke Energy and state leaders," according to a news release.

RULES: The Senate Rules Committee meets at 2 p.m. to discuss various bills, including a measure that would move all primaries next year to March.


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