Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers are picking up the pace of legislation as the June 30 budget deadline approaches, but they haven't yet engaged in any major shenanigans such as introducing unexpected proposals at the last minute. But there is still time, so stay tuned.
On Tuesday, one Senate committee approved an immigration omnibus bill that has rolled up several proposals, such as cracking down on the acceptance of identification cards issued by nonprofit groups, while a second Senate committee passed a measure that would reinstate and clarify restrictions on sex offenders that a federal judge ruled were too vague and overly broad to be enforced.
Meanwhile, Senate leaders tried to reassure worried parents and school officials that a provision in the state budget affecting dozens of year-round schools would be adjusted before a final budget is adopted. The provision would have forced single-track year-round schools to push their start dates from July to the end of August to comply with the state's regulation on school start and end dates.