Tuesday Wrap: Monumental disputes

Posted July 21, 2015

— After a second day of heated debate, the House gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would require legislative approval to move any public monument, including memorials linked to the Confederacy.

The bill heads to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has criticized lawmakers in the past for stepping into local decisions. It's unclear whether he will veto the bill, although he did announce Tuesday that he would veto a Senate proposal to change the way sales tax revenue is distributed.

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, the sponsor of the sales tax change, pulled in dozens of officials from rural counties Tuesday to express support for the plan. Brown later criticized McCrory for the threat, which also would attach to any state budget proposal that includes the sales tax plan.

Back in the House, the chamber gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate annual vehicle emissions testing in 29 of the 48 states where it's now required. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Meanwhile, a House committee heard from numerous people opposed to a sweeping regulatory reform bill the Senate cobbled together last month. The House is expected to formally reject the Senate changes to the bill this week, sending it to a conference committee.

The House is likely to concur Wednesday with a bill that would set next March 15 as the date for North Carolina's 2016 presidential primary.


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