Raleigh, N.C. — A week after convening, the Senate tentatively approved legislation that would lift North Carolina's moratorium on natural gas drilling, allowing permits for drilling to be issued starting in July 2015, despite lingering questions by environmentalists and property rights advocates.
Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee moved a sweeping regulatory reform bill to the chamber floor with little notice and debate. The House gave final approval to an array of tax changes.
Behind the scenes, the House Republican caucus booted Rep. Robert Brawley of Iredell County from its meetings, alleging he was divulging information outside of the caucus. Brawley, a frequent critic of House Speaker Thom Tillis, lost his primary two weeks ago.