Archives: CJ Staff

  • Bill would allow N.C. voters to limit governor’s emergency powers

    Voters in North Carolina could decide next year to limit the governor’s emergency powers, under a proposed constitutional amendment filed Wednesday, April 14, in the N.C. House. House Bill 564 is one of three measures Rep. Keith Kidwell, R-Beaufort, has sponsored or co-sponsored this week with ties to COVID-19…

  • Republicans use Democrats’ words against them as voter ID lawsuit continues

    During day two of a trial in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law, Senate Republicans highlighted supportive comments uttered by Democrats when the General Assembly approved the law in 2018. “Lawyers for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a left-wing legal organization, have attempted to characterize the…

  • ‘No Veteran Left Behind Act’ passes House committee

    House Bill 370, No Veteran Left Behind Act, on Tuesday, April 13, cleared the House Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee. The bill, which heads to the Appropriations committee, is designed to help improve how local law enforcement and first responders assist and respond to veterans in crisis.

  • Republican lawmakers defend N.C. voter ID law in court

    Three years after the N.C. electorate decided to add a voter identification requirement to the state constitution, Republican lawmakers are defending voter ID in court. A multiday trial started Monday, April 12, in a lawsuit challenging the state’s 2018 voter ID law, Senate Bill 824. Lawmakers approved that law to…

  • N.C. lawmakers file ‘No Veteran Left Behind Act’

    A bill introduced by House Majority Leader John Bell, R-Wayne, is meant to help improve crisis intervention and services for veterans suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. House Bill 370, No Veteran Left Behind Act, creates a pilot program for several military and veteran heavy counties in…