Tag:2016 ncga

  • Coal ash cleanup bill heads to governor

    The state House on Thursday approved a compromise coal ash cleanup bill, agreeing with a measure passed earlier in the week by the Senate. The coal ash legislation is in response to a 2014 spill into the Dan River near Eden. The General Assembly created a coal ash commission to…

  • Bill nullifying Map Act passes Senate, heads to governor

    The Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to a bill that would put the state’s Map Act on ice. House Bill 959 would place a one-year moratorium on any new corridor maps being filed under the Map Act. It would also rescind all current corridor maps filed under the 1987…

  • Senate plans to adjourn Friday

    The Senate is poised to adjourn on Friday, leaving the House behind to finish up with any unfinished business it chooses to take up. “They took a vote today that they were going to come back next week. We don’t have any intention of being here next week,” said Sen.

  • House Passes bill effectively nullifying Map Act

    The state’s controversial Map Act could be coming to an end, as the House on Wednesday adopted a bill placing a one-year moratorium on any new corridor maps from being filed under the act. House Bill 959 also rescinds all corridor maps that have been filed, freeing property owners…

  • Achievement School District bill passes House, heads to governor

    A measure to rehabilitate five of North Carolina’s failing public schools passed the state House and Senate on consecutive days after facing opposition from Democratic lawmakers who said the bill would allow charter school companies to exploit taxpayers while perpetuating low performance among struggling students. Republican backers of House…

  • Senate Expected To Give Budget Final Approval Today

    By a 33-16 vote, Tuesday evening the state Senate approved the $22.34 billion General Fund budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. A final vote is scheduled Wednesday. For highlights of the budget, follow this link. The House may take up the spending measure as early as tomorrow. While House…

  • Achievement School District Bill Passes Senate

    A measure to rehabilitate five of North Carolina’s failing public schools passed the state Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 35-14 after facing opposition from lawmakers who said the bill would allow charter school companies to exploit taxpayer money while perpetuating low performance among struggling students. House Bill 1080,…

  • Budget Plan Cuts Taxes, Increases Savings, Boosts Teacher Pay

    House and Senate leaders on Monday announced a $22.3 billion General Fund budget agreement that boosts teacher pay, increases the “zero tax bracket,” and keeps spending increases below the proportional increase in population and inflation. “This is a great budget that we arrived at through compromise,” House Speaker Tim…

  • School District Building Lease Plan Headed For Senate Vote

    A bill to help rural, low-wealth counties replace aging school buildings would change state law and allow school districts to lease buildings from developers. Critics say the bill is flawed, and counties could suffer economic harm if they can’t meet lease payments. A rewritten version of Senate Bill 554…

  • Senate Committee Moves Achievement District Forward

    Following heated debate, a Senate committee on Friday approved a revised version of a House-passed bill that would seek to reboot five of the state’s lowest-performing schools by removing them from local school district control and placing them under charter-like management. House Bill 1080, “Achievement School District,” is modeled…