Raleigh, N.C. — Tapping the expertise of guest Rose Hoban of NorthCarolinaHealthNews.org, @NCCapitol is looking ahead to health-related issues facing lawmakers in the coming days.
The House is expected to vote Wednesday on Senate changes to a bill that would extend the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion. The major change would allow more physicians to perform the procedure than the original version.
The House also will take a veto-override vote on the so-called "ag-gag" bill that would allow employers to sue workers who record undercover videos in workplaces. AARP, wounded warrior groups and others have come out against it, saying it could prevent disclosure of abuses in nursing homes.
On the Senate side, Republican leaders are building their budget plan for 2015-16. It likely will include a Medicaid reform proposal, but the details of the plan remain murky.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the House approved the latest effort to secure the future of the annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop in western North Carolina, but a bill that would expand Sunday hunting in much of the state is headed to a conference committee after the House refused to concur with the Senate's version of the measure.
A proposal to grant restricted driving permits and IDs to people in the country illegally bogged down in the House Finance Committee, and Gov. Pat McCrory's push for a major transportation bond issue on the November ballot appears to have stalled likewise after legislative leaders said they aren't in favor of it.
Outside the legislature, the state Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that lawmakers' attempts to strip veteran teachers of their tenure rights in new contracts is unconstitutional.