Raleigh, N.C. — While some voters headed to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field for who will represent North Carolina on Capitol Hill, state lawmakers were busy doing their thing on Jones Street.
A House committee approved a measure that would shield police body camera and dashboard camera video from disclosure under state public records laws. People who appear in any video can request to view it, but news media and others would need to get a court order to obtain any footage.
The Senate Rules Committee did a "catgut-and-amend" maneuver, swapping a proposal to name the bobcat as North Carolina's state cat for an effort to phase out the certificate of need system for approving expansions and major equipment purchases by health care providers. Previous efforts have failed.
The committee also added a provision to expand liquor sales to tourists by distilleries to the Senate's regulatory reform bill.
Lawmakers didn't address Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of the coal ash bill, which came late Monday. The governor won a legal battle with lawmakers over provisions in the 2014 coal ash legislation, and he says the new bill similarly encroaches on his authority to carry out the clean up of dozens of toxic coal ash ponds statewide.