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16 House Bills Filed On 1st Day of Legislative Session PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Sixteen bills were filed in the House of Representatives on the first day of the new session. Details can be found at ncleg.net. The bills are:

H 945 - Unemployment Insurance Technical Changes

H 946 - Repeal HB 2/Fund Human Relations Commission

H 947 - Enhance Oversight of Certain Capital Projects

H 948 - Authorize APO Studies

H 949- Occupational Licensing Board Contact Info

H 950 - Terminate Agreement For Tolling of I-77

H 951 - Change Report - Buid & Infrastructure Comm.

H 952 - Honor Our Service Animals/Sheriff Contracts

H 953 - Ordered Fund Transfer Back to Richmond County

H 954 - Terminate Agreement for Tolling of I-77

H 955 - Changes Specia Ed/Opportunity Scholarships

H 956 - HendersonCounty/Community College Projects

H 957 - Hendersonvie Charter Amendment

H 958 - Felony Detah Imp. Boating/Sheyenne's aw

H 959 - DOT Proposed Legislative Changes

H 960 - Retirement Creditable Service Charter Schools

They're Back: Legislators Set To Reconvene Monday Evening PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The new session of the General Assembly will get underway Monday at 7 p.m. when both houses of the legislature officially reconvene for what's known as the "short" legislative session.

Their No. 1 priority is to adjust the operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. They'll begin negotiations with good fiscal news. State budget officials say there is a revenue surplus of about $200 million so far this fiscal year. But when combined with money that will go unspent, this year's budget surplus is likely to be about $600 million.

Legislators will then determine the taxing and spending plan for the new year. Comments from Gov. Pat McCrory and key legislative leaders suggest the final document will include a pay raise for teachers and for key rank-and-file state employees.

Tax reform is likely on the negotiating table as well. There is talk of increasing the amount of income sheltered from tax to give all taxpayers a break. That provision is formally known as the standard deduction and is called the zero tax bracket by some legislators.

House Bill 2 may also play a factor in the new legislative session. New to the chamber is Chris Sgro, the head of Equality North Carolina, a pro-gay rights group that has led the opposition to the law that overturned Charlotte's controversial bathroom ordinance and requires people to use the public restroom of their biology not their identity.

Sgro was installed by state Democrats to fill the seat of the late Ralph Johnson of Guilford County. Sgro will serve until a new legislator is elected this fall and takes the oath of office in January.

Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, April 25, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 05:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday, April 25, 2016, as released by his office.

1:30 p.m.
Sheriffs Association Spring Training Meeting
Holiday Inn-Wrightsville Beach, Lumina Ballroom
1706 North Lumina Avenue
Wrightsville Beach

PRESS:      Open to credentialed media

Senate Leader Berger: HB 2 Is Common Sense Law, No Plans To Repeal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 April 2016 06:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) says there are no plans to repeal House Bill 2 when the General Assembly reconvenes Monday for the new legislative session.

In a news conference, Berger said the law has been mischaracterized by media and that the vast majority of people he's heard from support it.

"My job is not to give into the demands of multimillionaire celebrities pushing a pet social agenda, liberal newspapers like The New York Times or big corporations who have every freedom to set whatever policies this wish under this law," he said.

Berger also addressed priorities for the session, including teacher pay raises and a likely expansion of the zero tax bracket, also known as the standard deduction. By raising the ceiling on the deduction, more income is exempt from tax.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 06:08

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