Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to a special edition of Today@NCCapitol for Thursday, Dec. 15. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government:
DISASTER BILL: Lawmakers finished work on a $200 million disaster relief bill Wednesday. Gov. Pat McCrory has scheduled a signing ceremony for 9 a.m. at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.
Lawmakers poised to undercut Cooper, deliver boons to McCrory NEW SESSION: As the finishing touches were going on the disaster bill, Republicans flexed their super-majorities to call the General Assembly into a separate extra session for "any matters the General Assembly elects to consider." That session began Wednesday and could end as soon as Friday or run into next week.
FLOOR SESSIONS: The Senate has scheduled its floor session for 9 a.m. and the House for 10:30 a.m. However, it's unlikely either chamber will immediately take up business. Rather, they will use the sessions to move bills from committee to committee with actual floor votes coming later in the day.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Only a handful of committee hearings have been called for Thursday, indicating either that the legislative pipeline isn't big enough to accommodate everything that was filed or that lawmakers have some long nights and days ahead. Look for the legislative calendar to be updated throughout the day with meetings called on the fly. Here's what we know about as of the start of the day:
Bill would curb Cooper's appointment powers
Senate readies elections, ethics overhaul
ELECTIONS BILL: The Senate Redistricting Committee is scheduled to hear a bill rewriting the state's ethics and elections oversight system at 8:30 a.m. That bill will likely be heard in more than one committee.
APPOINTMENTS BILL: The House Rules Commission will take up a measure curbing Gov.-elect Roy Cooper's power to appoint members of his administration at 9:45 a.m.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The House Transportation committee will take up a bill allowing charter schools to get more state funding for parking lots and other infrastructure at 9 a.m.
SENATE FINANCE: The Senate Finance Committee meets at 10 a.m. but hasn't published an agenda.
NOMINATIONS: The Senate Nominations Committee will meet at 2 p.m. It is scheduled to vet two appointments from McCrory to serve as special Superior Court judges. One of those appointees is McCrory's current budget director.
EDUCATION: The same bill that strips Cooper of power would beef up the authority of the incoming superintendent of public instruction, Republican Mark Johnson, who ousted Democrat June Atkinson.
NAACP AND PROGRESS NC: The state NAACP and Progress North Carolina will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the Legislative Building. They will bring in flood victims to decry the use of the legislative special session to pursue items other than disaster relief.
ELECTIONS END: The State Board of Elections will hold a telephone meeting to handle the final protests and challenges from the 2016 election and certify the results of the race for state auditor.