Wednesday Wrap: A wild one at the GA

Posted June 25, 2014

— 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.

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