Raleigh, N.C. — With the air conditioning out at the Legislative Building, lawmakers tried to keep the hot air to a minimum Tuesday.
The House quickly disposed of a bill shifting the state primary from May to March, starting in 2020.
A House committee likewise approved a rewrite of state renewable energy regulations with little debate. The proposal, which was negotiated over several months, could boost residential solar installation by allowing homeowners to lease out rooftop panels while cutting the rates and length of contracts between utilities and solar providers.
The only committee that got heated was one that discussed a bill that would put new regulations on commercial fishing along the coast, where the long-running feud between commercial and recreational fishermen flared up again.
Meanwhile, three senators rolled out a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee people's right to hunt and fish in North Carolina.