Raleigh, N.C. — The Senate tentatively approved bills Wednesday that would restructure the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Greensboro City Council, two measures that supporters say will provide better representation but which detractors say are purely partisan in nature.
Final votes on both measures are expected Thursday before the bills head to the House.
Meanwhile, the House passed a bill that would allow the Environmental Management Commission stick with state or federal air quality standards near natural gas drilling sites and avoid adopting stricter guidelines.
House committees approved a bill that would prohibit youths under 18 from using tanning beds – the measure failed in the Senate last session – and is considering a tax change that would allow senior citizens deduct some of their medical expenses.
Also, bills were filed in the Senate that would give school districts flexibility to schedule make-up days after inclement weather without sacrificing spring break and would require the state to look at the effect of diminishing bee populations on the agricultural industry.