Today@NCCapitol (May 18, 2015): Numbers games, game numbers on agenda

The House is scheduled to take up and pass its version of the state budget this week. The Senate will take up legislation that would prohibit certain undercover investigations of businesses, including factory farms.

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Mark Binker
Laura Leslie
RALEIGH, N.C. — Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Monday, May 18. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.
HOUSE BUDGET: After rolling out pieces of their plan last week, House budget writers are expected to unveil the rest of their nearly $22 billion budget Monday. The House Finance Committee will review portions of the package that raise money in the form of new fees or taxes at 5 p.m. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the homepage.

Up next is a day-long Appropriations Committee meeting on Tuesday. Floor votes are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Once the budget passes the House, it will move on to the state Senate.

SENATE SESSION: The state Senate will meet at 7 p.m. It is set to take up controversial bills that could allow for more deer farming in the state as well as silence certain types of undercover investigations by making it illegal for someone to get hired with the aim of capturing incriminating video.
Some hunters oppose the first bill for fear that imported deer could spread diseases that threaten native wild deer populations. Opponents of that second bill have labeled it "ag-gag" legislation because it would thwart the types of filming that have been used to unveil alleged abuses at slaughterhouses and factory farms. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live. Check the Video Central box on the homepage.
HOUSE SESSION: The state House plans to meet at 7 p.m. The only bill on the calendar is a resolution providing for a joint session to honor Duke University's NCAA championship men's basketball team.
IN TEXAS: Gov. Pat McCrory will be spending the next three days in Texas at the Republican Governor's Association spring meeting.

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