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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 -- This legislation, the result of all-too-unique collaboration of Republicans and Democrats, will go a long way toward assuring as many registered voters as possible will be able to cast ballots in the November election.
About 150 people turned out Thursday to lobby state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, marking the largest turnout in years. Even supporters of legalization say it's unlikely to happen this year, but they say momentum is growing.
Women make up half of North Carolina's population but occupy only 22 percent of seats in the statehouse. Meanwhile, only one lawmaker identifies himself as Hispanic, despite the growing number of Latinos in North Carolina.
For more than three years, Duke Energy used a provision in a 2009 state law tightening coal ash pond regulations to refuse to provide environmental regulators and emergency responders with information about potential damage from failed dams.
State lawmakers on Monday took their first long look in five years at regulating coal ash ponds at North Carolina power plants - and it likely is the first of several this year after a massive ash spill in the Dan River two weeks ago.
The state House gave tentative approval Wednesday to a provision that would allow emergency responders to break into a hot car to rescue an animal.
A bill filed in the state House would make it a misdemeanor to leave pets locked in hot cars, and would give law enforcement the power to take action to save them.
House lawmakers tentatively approved Thursday a proposal to make sweeping changes to the state's boards and commissions, but only after a tense debate about public access and transparency.
The state House gives key approval to legislation that would make sweeping changes to several key regulatory boards and commissions.
House lawmaker are drafting a bill that would give the state to prune its complicated administrative code, which is made up of the rules created by agencies in response to laws passed by the General Assembly.