Archive: 2017 General Assembly

  • General Assembly leaders want Amazon Wind Farm shut down

    North Carolina’s legislative leaders want the incoming Trump administration to consider shutting down the $400 million, 104-turbine Amazon Wind Farm project under construction near Elizabeth City because, they say, the massive turbines would interfere with a nearby radar facility run by the military. The request came in a letter…

  • Senators of both parties back Cabinet confirmations

    Senators from both parties Wednesday cited the state Constitution and precedent in defending a law passed in December reducing the governor’s number of political appointees and requiring confirmation of his Cabinet members. Gov. Roy Cooper added challenges to those provisions to an existing lawsuit he filed against another bill…

  • Collegiality rules on first day of legislative session

    Bipartisanship ruled the day as lawmakers returned Wednesday to begin the 2017 long session of the General Assembly. The collegiality on opening day marked a stark contrast with the final days of special legislative sessions held in December, when the GOP-controlled General Assembly whittled away at some of the…

  • Redistricting coalition faces tough odds in General Assembly

    A coalition of policy and advocacy groups renewed their efforts to convince the General Assembly to set up an independent redistricting process based on a model adopted in Iowa as a means of ending partisan gerrymandering. The Iowa redistricting model empowers the nonpartisan legislative staff to draw the congressional and…

  • AFP-NC pushing fiscal responsibility, economic growth

    Americans for Prosperity–North Carolina, a conservative grass-roots organization, on Wednesday released a 2017 legislative agenda that puts state spending limits atop the project list. AFP asked the legislature to consider a Taxpayer Protection Act and to push tax reforms allowing North Carolinians…

  • GOP confident federal justices will nix 2017 NCGA elections

    The U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary halt to a three-judge panel’s order to hold special legislative elections later this year, and the top election official in the N.C. House thinks the justices eventually will toss out the off-year election plan. Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said he was delighted…

  • Officials: Cooper Medicaid plan ‘unprecedented,’ ‘illegal’

    State Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, is confident President-elect Trump would overturn any unlawful agreement to fast-track the state’s Medicaid program. It would be unprecedented for Sylvia Burwell to work with Cooper to approve the expansion before President Obama leaves office Jan. 20, said Dollar and Lanier Cansler, former secretary of…

  • 2017 session opens Wednesday, but real work starts later

    The 2017 long session of the General Assembly starts Wednesday, and the first day is likely to be more ceremonial than substantive. Once members are sworn in and leaders in the House and Senate are elected, lawmakers will head home. They return Jan. 25 to get to work in earnest.

  • Key committee endorses plan for new ‘rainy day fund’ standards

    The N.C. General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission officially endorsed this afternoon a plan to set new standards for the state’s “rainy day” spending reserves. In less than five minutes, and with no opposition, the LRC endorsed the plan. It proposes a new law to establish rules governing additions to…