Archive: 2017 General Assembly

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • House passes modest changes in craft brewery rules

    The House voted 95-25 Wednesday night to loosen, very slightly, some of the state’s regulations governing craft breweries. House Bill 500, which now goes to the Senate, would place into law a number of provisions that previously had been allowed by rules crafted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control…

  • Stripped-down brewery bill moves closer to House vote

    An effort to raise the number of barrels North Carolina’s craft brewers can produce before they have to procure a distributor has failed. For now. Brewers are looking at their legal options and will likely file a lawsuit over House Bill, which sought to…

  • House overrides veto of elections/ethics board merger

    By a 75-44 margin, on Tuesday morning the House voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 68, a bill merging the State Board of Elections, the State Ethics Commission, and various lobbying oversight regulations. The Senate passed its override measure Monday evening. Cooper claimed that…

  • Currituck County fed up with solar

    Large solar projects haven’t been a good deal for Currituck County residents, says Bobby Hanig, the county commission’s chairman. The developers “have consistently tried to go back on what has been agreed upon in open meetings, and brought on extra work for county staff to ensure they are doing what…

  • Millis: Tax credits to renewable energy producers = $1.6 billion

    UPDATED April 21 to include source of information for total renewable tax credits. State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through…

  • State budget crisis unlikely, fiscal expert says

    The Insider reported recently about a Fiscal Research Division analysis showing the Senate’s “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” would lead to $600 million shortfalls in three of the next five years. Fiscal staff started from the assumption that state government would do all the same things the…

  • Folwell pursuing fees from pension fund managers

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to know if Wall Street investors charged the state fees on $9 billion of state pension plan money that never got invested. At the same time, unfunded liabilities in the retirement system grew to more than $13 billion. Folwell said some…

  • No vote (yet) on craft brewery bill

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was corrected after initial publication to clarify that the committee replaced the original House Bill 500 with a Proposed Committee Substitute before any debate began. We regret the error. The clock ran out before House members had a chance to decide whether to loosen some rules…