Archive: 2016 December Special Sessions

  • Special session’s testy first day may preview future battles

    As legislative Republicans abruptly called themselves into yet another special session on Wednesday, stunned House Democrats stood in protest. The session dealing with aid for people and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew and western N.C. wildfires had just adjourned, but Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and House Speaker Tim Moore, both…

  • Bill would give charters access to some state transportation money

    If passed, House Bill 10 would require the N.C. Department of Transportation to maintain and repair roads, driveways, and entrances leading from public roads to all K-12 schools, including roads to and from free-standing public charter schools and their expansion buildings. Republicans Reps. John Torbett, Gaston, and Paul Stam,…

  • House bill would let Wilson extend muni broadband service

    Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, took a step Wednesday in clearing a path for Wilson to expand the area in which it offers broadband service. She has lobbied for a change in the law to allow rural areas to be more competitive with traditional providers. Martin filed one of 21 bills…

  • I-77 toll project in danger?

    The special session of the General Assembly that convened today is taking a harsh view of the controversial plan to add high-occupancy tolling lanes to the center corridor of Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory fiercely defended the project despite significant local opposition. House Bill 4,…

  • House Bill 17 expands superintendent’s authority (and more)

    One of the most far-reaching of the 21 bills filed by House members during the special legislative session that convened today is House Bill 17, sponsored by House Rules Committee Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, among others. The bill undertakes a serious reshuffling of state government in several departments, led…

  • Matthew relief session ends; new one gavels in

    (Updated, 3:19 p.m.) Lawmakers on Wednesday put their final touches on a $200.9 million relief package for Hurricane Matthew and for recovery efforts associated with the western North Carolina wildfires, but they’re far from done. The House passed an amended version of the disaster relief legislation just after 1 p.m.

  • House passes Matthew, wildfire relief by unanimous vote

    The state House on Tuesday unanimously approved a $200.9 million disaster relief package for North Carolinians whose lives were uprooted this fall by Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the state and wildfires in the west. “There are still voids left,” House Majority Leader John Bell, R-Wayne, told the…

  • ‘Court-packing’ fact check

    The following editorial appeared in the December 2016 print edition of Carolina Journal: When it comes to plans to pack the N.C. Supreme Court with new members, the John Locke Foundation instigated nothing. Yet frenzied left-of-center partisans and even some mainstream media outlets fingered JLF as the source of an…