Raleigh, N.C. — With fewer than 10 days until the crossover deadline that kills any non-revenue or spending legislation that hasn't cleared either the House or the Senate, the House held a marathon session Tuesday to move more than three dozen bills.
Lawmakers even took a two-hour dinner break in the middle of the floor session, during which Gov, Pat McCrory lobbied some of them over pizza for his proposal to secure a November referendum for $3.8 billion in bonds for highways and state facilities.
Some of the myriad of legislation clearing the House included another effort to ban teens 17 and under from using tanning beds, a measure to give terminally ill patients wider access to experimental treatments and a study of using the SolarBees now in use in Jordan Lake in Falls Lake as well to limit algae growth.
A House committee passed a bill that would allow farms to recover damages from people who get jobs simply to record undercover video of possibly questionable practices on the farms.
A second House committee voted down a proposal to require universities to set up rules for paying stipends to football and men's basketball players and set up trust funds to pay them licensing revenue for using their names and images.
A Senate committee delayed a vote on a proposal to scuttle plans to sell the Dorothea Dix campus to Raleigh for $52 million, but sponsors said they still have concerns about the deal.