Raleigh, N.C. — The House officially rejected the Senate's version of the $22.2 billion state budget, triggering the start of the negotiations that will eventually produce a compromise spending plan and allow lawmakers to head home for the summer.
Meanwhile, the Senate removed a provision added Tuesday to a regulatory reform bill that would have allowed distilleries to sell more liquor directly to people who tour their facilities.
The Senate Education Committee advanced a proposal that would require high schools to offer dual math curricula, one following a traditional sequence and the other providing courses that integrate various math elements.
In the House, a committee approved a measure that would prevent law enforcement agencies from accepting IDs issued by nonprofits and municipalities, despite concerns by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association that deputies sometimes have no other way of identifying people.
A second committee debated legislation that would require the state to check whether people on food stamps who win lottery prizes have reported that income and would crack down on people who don't accurately certify their income.
Still no override votes scheduled for Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of the coal ash legislation, but it appears Senate leaders may be working on a compromise that could head of a lawsuit McCrory has threatened to file.