Tuesday Wrap: Creature from the Black (Coal Ash) Lagoon

Posted May 24

— A bill that was designed to stagger appointments to the Rules Review Commission suddenly resurfaced in the House Rules Committee on Tuesday as the latest legislative proposal for handling coal ash.

The measure would reconstitute the Coal Ash Management Commission, which Gov. Pat McCrory shut down a few months ago after winning a legal battle with lawmakers over appointments; would require Duke Energy to provide permanent water supplies to people who live near ash ponds; and would allow reworking the risk classifications for the 33 ash ponds in North Carolina. It immediately drew a veto threat from McCrory, who again argued that lawmakers were sticking their noses into his job to carry out the coal ash cleanup mandated by a 2014 law.

The Senate, meanwhile, passed a bill that would increase the standard deduction on state income tax returns by $2,000 for couples filing jointly and $1,000 for single filers in the next two years. The House budget calls for spreading the increase out over four years.

In your daily House Bill 2 minute, the Charlotte City Council voted Monday night to reject a proposal to repeal its transgender nondiscrimination ordinance, which was nullified by House Bill 2. Some council members had met with lawmakers recently about linking a repeal to changes to the controversial state law, but legislative leaders were noncommittal to any changes.


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