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  • State Counselor Licensing Board Opposes Changes

    RALEIGH — A state senator has taken up the cause of a North Carolina woman who left the state to earn a master’s degree in counseling at a Seattle college, only to learn from a state licensing board on her return to North Carolina that the program she completed came…

  • Lawmakers Send Hemp Oil Bill To Governor

    RALEIGH — If Gov. Pat McCrory signs House Bill 766, the extract known as CBD oil could be used by certain neurologists to treat intractable epilepsy without participating in a pilot study. The bill eliminates references to medical studies needed for legal use of the extract. Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret,…

  • NCGA Panel Taking Another Look at State Asset Sales

    RALEIGH — A General Assembly subcommittee is looking at state property with an eye toward selling land and buildings the state owns but doesn’t need, and seeing if it might save rent by moving from leased spaces to unused or underused state property. The Program Evaluation Division recommended that the…

  • Local Map Act Reform Sweeps Through House

    RALEIGH — A Senate bill that would relieve a southeastern North Carolina planning organization from financial consequences resulting from the use of the controversial Map Act passed the House on Wednesday and will return to the Senate. In February, a three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that…

  • Parents, Schools Waiting For Court Voucher Ruling

    RALEIGH — In August 2014, a few days before most schools were ready to open, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled the Opportunity Scholarships Program, which provides $4,200 a year for children from lower-income families to attend private schools, was unconstitutional. This summer, that same issue is before the N.C.

  • Senate Spends Nearly $800 Million Less Than House

    RALEIGH — Perhaps the starkest difference between the House-approved General Fund budget and the Senate leaders’ proposal is in total overall spending. The House plan calls for spending nearly $22.2 billion in 2015-16, a 5 percent increase over the current year’s appropriated budget. The Senate leaders’ alternative would spend $21.47 billion,…

  • Senators Debate Insurance Regulations On Uber, Lyft

    RALEIGH — State senators expressed strikingly differing opinions on whether government should start regulating transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft. Some called for the companies and their drivers to maintain insurance coverage that’s more onerous than that required of taxi drivers while others argued that the state’s current…

  • Senate Retention Election Bill Would Affect Only Supreme Court

    RALEIGH — North Carolina could soon see a radically different way of selecting its state Supreme Court justices. Instead of seeing the names of two candidates for every Supreme Court justice seat on the general election ballot, voters would be asked whether they wanted to retain a justice for an…

  • Direct Sale of Distillery Spirits Wins Initial Senate Vote

    RALEIGH — The version of House Bill 909 that received a 40-8 vote today on the Senate floor would allow small distilleries to sell a bottle of liquor, marked with a commemorative sticker, to customers touring the facility. Customers would be limited to one bottle of liquor per 12-month period…

  • House Budget Faces Uncertain Future

    RALEIGH — An unusual coalition of 12 liberal Democrats and 11 conservative Republicans comprised the only formal opposition to the $22.1-billion General Fund budget passed around 1:00 a.m. May 22 by the state House of Representatives. The spending plan, approved by a 93-23 vote, is expected to undergo dramatic changes…