Tuesday Wrap: Bring it on

Posted April 11

— Lawmakers sent two bills to Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday that will likely invite vetoes.

One bill is the General Assembly's second attempt to consolidate elections and ethics oversight under one board. The first try was thrown out in the courts last month as an unconstitutional violation of separation of powers, so lawmakers tweaked the plan to address the judges' concerns. The second bill would cut the state Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12.

The Senate also confirmed three more of Gov. Roy Cooper's cabinet secretaries with little fanfare: Susi Hamilton in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Michael Regan in the Department of Environmental Quality and Tony Copeland in the Department of Commerce.

Meanwhile, some Republican House members rolled out a plan to offer a Medicaid-type program to low-income working adults who help pay for their coverage and undergo routine health screenings.


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