Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation approved by Republicans during this week's special session that alters North Carolina ballot language for constitutional referenda and a state Supreme Court race this fall.
State lawmakers have returned home following a hectic, six-week session during which they approved a state spending plan, continued an ongoing clash with the Governor, and for the most part, avoided any major controversy.
State funding for public transportation was cut 26 percent in the budget passed last month by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That has local agencies like Charlotte Area Transit System scrambling to replace the funds.
Mecklenburg County now has new electoral districts for superior and district court judges, after the House completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto Wednesday. The measure redraws superior court election districts to address population imbalances in the previous districts that Republican lawmakers call unconstitutional. District court judges will no longer be elected countywide.
Updated 11:40 p.m. North Carolina lawmakers will have to iron out their differences on how to pay for a buyout or changes to the NCDOT's controversial contract for toll lanes on I-77 near Charlotte. That's after the House late Thursday failed to concur on Senate changes to a House transportation bill.
All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey talks with reporter David Boraks about the proposal to pay for canceling or changing the I-77 contract.
Updated 4:03 p.m. North Carolina lawmakers say they've come up with a way to pay for canceling or modifying NCDOT's contract with a private company building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. But NCDOT officials have warned there may be problems with the idea.
David Boraks talks with legal scholars about whether a North Carolina referendum would dampen legal challenges to a state voter ID requirement.
Morning Edition host Marshall Terry has related report about the politics behind the Voter ID referendum proposal.
A bill filed by Republican legislative leaders last week would let voters decide whether to add a constitutional amendment to require photo IDs at the polls. A federal court shot down a previous attempt at Voter ID laws in North Carolina. If the question gets on the ballot this fall and passes, would it stand up to a legal challenge?
The North Carolina Senate is expected to take a final vote on the $24 billion state budget today. The House will take up the plan today as well. The budget, which includes a 6.5 percent average raise for teachers among other items, would take effect July 1.
Thousands of educators from across North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the state capitol in Raleigh to join the March for Students and Rally for Respect. Their message about the need for better pay and increased school funding was loud and clear. The response from Republican legislative leaders was a promise of more raises - but also a campaign to correct what they call misinformation about their efforts.