The Senate gave final approval to its so-called "Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut" on Wednesday, but House lawmakers are circumspect about the plan, which lowers both personal and corporate income tax rates, and Gov. Roy Cooper is already against it, saying businesses don't need any more tax breaks.
Meanwhile, a Senate committee cleared Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland for confirmation.
On the House side, lawmakers named six people to the UNC Board of Governors, including former Reps. Leo Daughtry and Rob Bryan.
A House committee passed a pair of bills to repeal impact fees in Orange and Chatham counties and to block local governments from charging impact fees for new development. Sponsor Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry, said she is working to develop a uniform system for impact fees statewide. A second House committee approved a measure that would limit how much people who live near hog farms can collect in nuisance actions over odor and the spraying of waste.
In other matters, Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, rolled out a proposal to take a wrecking ball to the state's child welfare system and rebuild it from the ground up, including a shift from county-based to regional-based services, starting in 2022.