Archive: 2017 General Assembly

  • Feds join Berger, Moore in asking for halt in Medicaid lawsuit

    The Cooper administration may have lost a key ally in its attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Cabinet agency that controls Medicaid. HHS officials joined Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, in a…

  • Cooper, lawmakers outline divergent education priorities

    When it comes to crafting education policy, Republicans and Democrats share little common ground. They agree children are important but disagree on ways to educate North Carolina’s students. Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday said legislative priorities are “slipping” when it comes to public schools. He pointed…

  • Lawmakers return to Raleigh, immediately get to work

    Lawmakers began filing bills, assigned committee members, and remembered a former state representative as the N.C. General Assembly returned to the state capital after a two-week break. Democratic leaders laid out an agenda they hope the Republican majority might consider. Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, and Rep. Darren…

  • Eminent domain amendment back in play

    A bipartisan group of House members this morning filed a bill to amend the state constitution to prevent government taking private property. House Bill 3, the first proposed legislation filed as lawmakers returned to Raleigh today, states: “Private property shall not be taken by eminent domain except for a…

  • Finding common ground may elude 2017 General Assembly

    Perhaps the biggest task facing a Republican-controlled General Assembly when it returns from a two-week hiatus Wednesday is finding common ground with a new Democratic governor, and vice versa. That’s a significant challenge, considering the contentious nature of last year’s special sessions and the flurry of lawsuits that followed. Lawmakers…

  • ‘Convention of states’ may get fresh look in NCGA

    Advocates of constitutional amendments to rein in federal powers are optimistic North Carolina soon will join the effort. The effort surrounds a proposed meeting, called “Article V Convention of the States,” which refers to that part of the U.S. Constitution governing constitutional amendments. The article allows two-thirds of the…

  • Look for more tax reform in 2017

    As legislative Republicans return to Raleigh, additional tax reforms will be on their agenda. The 2017 session opens in earnest Wednesday, and the leaders of the House and Senate have said they want to continue the pace of tax reform, including lowering personal income taxes and spreading the sales tax…

  • Some in GOP open to limited Medicaid expansion

    Even though Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program unilaterally has been halted in federal court, some GOP lawmakers say they are open to considering a limited enrollment increase. “I sense no appetite in the legislature to expand Medicaid per se,” said state Rep. Craig Horn,…

  • NCGA leaders suing to block Cooper’s Medicaid expansion

    Just a week after submitting a letter to the federal government to reject Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program, Republican leaders in the General Assembly announced late Friday they would file a federal lawsuit to block the move. Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House…