Archive: 2016 December Special Sessions

  • Special Session on H.B. 2 repeal set for Wednesday

    The General Assembly will return for a fifth special session Wednesday after a Monday morning vote by the Charlotte City Council repealing its bathroom ordinance that led to the adoption of House Bill 2. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced the session in a press release and video…

  • Fate of House Bill 17 may not be decided until 2017

    Gov. Pat McCrory has nearly 30 days to decide what to do with House Bill 17, which would remove some appointment powers from Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper. McCrory’s term expires Dec. 31, as do the terms of some members of the General Assembly. But the governor has several options. When…

  • UPDATE: H.B. 17, shifting power from governor to NCGA, passes

    UPDATE, Friday, 3:55 p.m.: The General Assembly adjourned sine die around 3:45 p.m. UPDATE, Friday, 3:09 p.m.: The House agreed to a slightly modified version of House Bill 17, sending Gov. Pat McCrory the bill reshuffling the powers of the executive and legislative branches. The most significant change made Friday…

  • McCrory deserves credit for disaster-relief bill

    Hyperbole is alive and well in Raleigh. The superlatives, at one point this week, were flying. Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a $200.9 million disaster relief package for North Carolinians whose lives were uprooted this fall by Hurricane Matthew and western wildfires. The package, as we reported, includes $20…

  • UPDATE: McCrory signs judicial reform bill

    UPDATE, 1:48 p.m. Friday: Gov. Pat McCrory has signed S.B. 4 into law. The bill, which the N.C. House passed by a 63-27 vote Friday afternoon, consolidates three state agencies into a new, bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, makes Supreme Court races partisan contests, and amends the Court of Appeals…

  • JLF’s Mitch Kokai analyzes special N.C. legislative session

    Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the N.C. General Assembly’s special legislative session focusing on government organizational issues. Kokai offered these comments during the Dec. 15, 2016, edition of Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight.”…

  • Cooper lashes out at ‘back-handed’ moves in special session

    Gov.-elect Roy Cooper held a news conference Thursday morning in response to a slew of bills from lawmakers filed in a special session of the General Assembly. Lawmakers on Wednesday filed 28 bills, including measures that would require Cabinet officials appointed by the governor to receive approval from the Senate,…