Wednesday Wrap: No veto for you

Posted March 22

— House lawmakers voted Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's first veto, and the Senate is likely to follow suit Thursday.

The bill in question calls for partisan elections of Superior Court and District Count judges. Supporters of the measure say it gives voters information they want, while Cooper and opponents say it injects unneeded politics into the state court system.

Meanwhile, a debate in a House committee over a bill that would allow concealed weapons at schools that are used for religious services turned edgy as Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, and Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, the committee chairman, traded jabs shortly before the bill cleared the committee and headed to the House floor.

A separate House committee easily approved a proposal that would clarify insurance coverage for adaptive behavior therapy treatment for children with autism and a bill establishing requirements for athletic programs in middle and high schools to lessen the number of injuries from sudden cardiac arrest, heatstroke and concussion.

And what would the eve of House Bill 2's first anniversary be like without some behind-the-scenes action on the controversial law.

Gov. Roy Cooper says he might be open to a repeal bill with a specified moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances. Senate leader Phil Berger says that deal has passed and isn't coming back. But House Republicans met in caucus Wednesday afternoon to discuss repeal proposals, with Speaker Tim Moore hinting at a Friday session.


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