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NCGA roundup: Bills introduced dealing with auto insurance and dropout age changes

CJ file photo
CJ file photo

Lawmakers on Monday began returning to Raleigh ready to file more bills and begin to committee meetings.

Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan, filed a bill aimed at making it easier for auto-insurance companies to develop and implement driver-incentive plans.

If approved, House Bill 43 would give insurers the option of continuing to use the N.C. Rate Bureau or developing incentive plans on their own. Such plans, which include such benefits as reducing deductibles for drivers have clean records or don’t make claims, would apply to drivers who aren’t covered by the N.C. Reinsurance Facility, which provides insurance for drivers insurance companies have labeled more risky.

Previous attempts to enact similar legislation were unsuccessful.

Another bill, introduced by Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, would include his home county’s school system in a pilot program increasing the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 (House Bill 40).

Meanwhile, some committees were scheduled to crank up Tuesday.

The House Education Committee for grades kindergarten through 12th is set to take up House Bill 13, which would give school systems more flexibility in class size for kindergarten classes through third grade.

The House Education Committee for universities is also set to meet Tuesday. Though no bills were initially on its agenda, it could take up House Bill 39, which would reduce the number of members on the UNC Board of Governors.

The House Transportation Committee has four bills on its agenda, including House Bill 28, giving motorcyclists more access to parking areas that are open to the general public.

Supporters of a resolution calling for a Convention of the States to rein in on the powers of the federal government are planning a rally in the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday morning.

Later in the week, Senate leaders had hoped to begin confirmation hearings of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet. Monday, Cooper sent Senate leaders a letter asking for a delay in the confirmation hearings until a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the confirmation process is resolved.