Tuesday Wrap: Budget work picking up

Posted May 12, 2015

— House Speaker Tim Moore says appropriations subcommittees will hold extensive meetings over the next several days, and the chairs of the subcommittees and the House Appropriations Committee will hammer out details over the weekend before the $21.5 billion spending plan is rolled out for debate and approval next week.

Before the budget work, Moore said, the House plans to take up a revised gun bill on Wednesday. The measure drew extensive opposition last week, and the updated proposal was being pushed through the chamber in less than 24 hours after being publicly unveiled late Tuesday.

In the Senate, a committee on Tuesday passed a Farm Bill that would expand deer farming in the state. Hunting advocates oppose the provision, fearing an outbreak of a disease that has decimated deer populations in other states.

A separate Senate panel approved a measure that would prohibit anyone younger than 18 from using a tanning bed. The proposal has passed the House twice but has previously failed to gain any traction in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory told the North Carolina Chamber that he expects lawmakers to act on economic incentives in the coming weeks. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger agreed that some action needs to be taken, and he also pushed for more tax reform and Medicaid reform.

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  • William James May 13, 2015
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    The House seems to only vote on low to non-impact topics and/or issues directly benefiting the larger cities. Like this Economic Incentive thing has been sold to us for over 30yrs, yet very few industrial companies set-up shop anywhere outside of 4-5 select counties. Its a poor reflection on the NC economy when the state is the largest employer for many counties.