Raleigh, N.C. — A tame Tuesday as the crossover deadline approaches featured committee debates on smoking bans and environmental rules.
The House moved dozens of bills before the Thursday deadline, including one to increase the penalties for passing a stopped school bus. The Senate had a lighter agenda but passed a proposal that would require cities and counties to work with nearby military bases on zoning and development.
Meanwhile, a Senate committee approved a bill that would prevent cities and counties from enacting outdoor smoking bans, although the measure could be amended on the Senate floor to accommodate community colleges that prefer to have smoke-free campuses. The committee also voted to repeal the regional water quality management plan for Jordan Lake and to remove the cap on the number of jetties that can be built along coastal inlets.