Thursday wrap: Changes to Pre-K, boat fees
Posted May 2, 2013
Updated May 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and investigative reporter Mark Binker hit the highlights from another busy day in the state legislature.
A bill to cut in half the number of children eligible for the state's free Pre-K program won tentative House approval Thursday.
House Bill 935 would lower the number of eligible children to about 31,000 by changing the legal definition of an at-risk child.
The state Senate, meanwhile, gave initial approval to a plan to raise boat fees and use state gas tax revenue to pay for coastal dredging.
The bill, which needs a final Senate vote Monday before it can go to the House, would also impose a $10 title fee for boats.
Meantime, House Speaker Thom Tillis was out of town at ALEC's spring conference, and House Finance slipped three turnpike projects back into law in the governor's transportation overhaul bill.