Raleigh, N.C. — A few highlights from today’s business inside the General Assembly:
- Gov. Pat McCrory and House leaders teamed up to create a separate budget bill for education spending, which includes teacher raises, thus taking such off the table during state budget negotiations.
- The Senate unanimously passed a coal ash plan, though Democrats were upset the measure did not include drinking water protections or language ensuring Duke Energy would pay for the cleanup.
- The Common Core measure is slowly moving through the legislature and is currently in conference committee.
- A bill allowing commercial and private use of drones passed through the House “like a shot.”
- A measure stripping Boone of its extraterritorial jurisdiction became law after it passed the House.
- Regulatory reform also moved quickly through the House.
On tap for Thursday:
- Bills requiring mopeds to have insurance and legalizing hemp oil extracts to treat seizure disorders are expected to be heard on the Senate floor.
- Debate on the charter school amendment is expected to continue on the House floor.
- The education spending bill created by the governor and House leaders is expected to be voted on the House floor.