Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on Wednesday after two weeks off to organize committees, and House Speaker Tim Moore handed out gavels aplenty to new committee chairs.
Although a couple dozen bills were filed, no substantive action is expected to take place until next week.
Leaders on both sides of the aisle sketched out their priorities for the 2017 legislative session. They agreed on raising teacher salaries, cutting taxes and providing more relief to Hurricane Matthew victims, while talk of repealing House Bill 2 and expanding Medicaid showed clear differences between Democrats and Republicans.
Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper spoke to an education forum and said North Carolina has many needs and should start looking at investing more to meet them.