Raleigh, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Friday, Aug. 1. Here's what's going at the state legislature.
SENATE DONE: Senators have completed their work for the summer after voting to approve a $21.1 billion budget late Thursday and in the wee hours of Friday morning.
However, their departure does not come without controversy.
Coal ash bill delayed until November Members of the House and the Senate have failed to come to an agreement on coal ash legislation. Senior members of both chambers have said that coming to an agreement on a measure that would dictate how Duke Energy handled 33 coal ash ponds at 14 locations throughout the state was a top priority, but a last-minute snag left the chambers divided and that key piece of work unfinished until November.
NO SINE DIE: When the House wraps up work this week, lawmakers' summer session will be over, but their work won't be done for the year.
An adjournment resolution approved by the Senate would see the chambers return on Aug. 14 to override any vetoes by Gov. Pat McCrory. Lawmakers would then leave town until after the November general election, when they would take up the stalled coal ash bill as well as a Medicaid reform package.
HOUSE VOTES: The House is scheduled to come into session at 10 a.m. Friday. House members are expected to vote on the budget and other remaining bills Friday and at some point on Saturday. After the House finishes work on Saturday, it, too, will be finished for the summer.
MORE @NCCAPITOL: For more on the overnight action at the General Assembly, including the revival of legislation that would hem in the ability of counties to raise sales taxes and expand several economic development programs, please see the @NCCapitol blog on WRAL.com.
PROGRAM NOTES: This will be the last Today @NCCapitol posting for the summer. Reporters Laura Leslie and Mark Binker will catch you up on Friday's action from the legislature on a special Friday night edition of The Wrap in the evening.