Category: North Carolina

  • Convention of States resolution fails in House

    Senate Resolution 36, calling for a constitutional convention of states, failed by a 53-59 vote in the closing hours of the legislative session. Critics of the bill voiced concerns over the ambiguity of how a convention of states would be organized, and several legislators said the country is not in a condition dire enough to call a convention to propose new…

  • Campus free speech bill heads to governor

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers have given the green light to a bill protecting free speech at public universities. In a 34-11 vote, House Bill 527, Restore/Preserve Free Speech, passed the Senate on Wednesday. The House, which passed H.B. 527 in April, on Thursday voted 77-34 to concur with the Senate’s revised version of the bill. H.B. 527 requires the University of North Carolina Board of Governors…

  • Bill would clean up cluttered criminal code

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s criminal code is out of control, but lawmakers are ready to rein it in. Hundreds of crimes are strewn across more than 140 chapters of the North Carolina General Statutes. Chapter 14 alone, which deals specifically with criminal law, holds more than 840 sections defining countless…

  • Fate of municipal sales-tax option uncertain

    A Republican-sponsored bill in the General Assembly could allow the first ever municipal sales taxes in North Carolina. House Bill 900, sponsored by Reps. Stephen Ross, R-Alamance, and Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, would allow a municipality to hold a voter referendum on the adoption of a sales and use tax of…

  • With House vote to override veto, state budget becomes law

    Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, gave an impassioned defense of the $23 billion bipartisan General Fund budget compromise Wednesday morning, and the House quickly followed his motion to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the spending plan in a 76-43 vote. It was an anticipated defeat for…

  • N.C. House passes ‘brunch bill,’ now moves to the Senate

    North Carolina distillers could begin seeing a significant boost in sales as visitors as early as this coming weekend. In a vote of 73-40, the N.C. House on Tuesday evening approved Senate Bill 155, clearing the way for N.C. craft distillers to sell five bottles to customers each year,…

  • UPDATE: Legislature overrides Cooper’s budget veto

    UPDATE: The N.C. House voted, 76-43, Wednesday morning to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s state budget veto. Democrats William Brisson and Ken Goodman joined all House Republicans to support the override. Additional details will follow. A last-minute plea from Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, for new budget negotiations…