ByBryan Anderson/Associated Press/Report For America•Jun 8, 2020
RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are planning to vote this week on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a packed Republican National Convention without some of the restrictions officials have required elsewhere to stop the coronavirus.
ByGary D. Robertson / Associated Press•Apr 28, 2020
RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly began its annual session Tuesday by turning immediately to legislation to distribute COVID-19 federal relief funds, operating under unprecedented rules with social distancing in mind.
ByGary D. Robertson / Associated Press•Feb 26, 2020
RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want the state’s entire Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a ruling by three of the court’s judges that set another barrier to implement voter photo identification.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 9,000 teachers will get raises averaging 3%, based on a Friday school board vote that taps state money for experience-based hikes and county money to boost the local supplement.
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and other opponents of legislative Republicans filed a flurry of late-hour lawsuits Monday to block referendums on constitutional amendments and to let a Supreme Court candidate disclose his party affiliation on ballots.
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper contends ballot language approved by Republican lawmakers describing two proposed constitutional amendments are so false and misleading the courts must prevent voting on them.
This is expected to be the final week of the current session of the North Carolina legislature and the House Monday is scheduled to vote on a bill that would put on the fall ballot a question on making a photo ID requirement to vote part of the state constitution.
Twenty new laws go into effect Friday in North Carolina. They include “Britny’s Law,” named after 22-year-old Britny Puryear. She was shot and killed by her boyfriend, who had a history of abuse, at their Fuquay-Varina apartment in 2014. The law makes it easier for prosecutors to pursue a first-degree murder charge in a case involving domestic violence if a defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction or a conviction of stalking the victim.
A federal court is going through with plans to hire an outside expert to redraw several North Carolina legislative districts because judges are concerned Republican lawmakers earlier this year did not fix problems involving racial bias found in some boundaries. An order from a three-judge panel Wednesday appointed a Stanford University law professor to redraw two Senate and seven House districts by December 1.
When’s the last time you checked your newspaper for a public notice? Those are ads in the classified section that let you know about things like public hearings or a request for government bids. In North Carolina, local municipalities are required to pay to post them in newspapers. Many state lawmakers like Republican Representative Chuck McGrady say it’s not worth it for taxpayers since, they say, the internet and social media make it easy to spread the word.
Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 both rallied near the legislature Monday, as lawmakers returned for the new session. And as they returned, four Democratic representatives introduced a bill to repeal the controversial law.
Lawmakers at the General Assembly have adjourned for the year. The longest session since 2001 concluded at 4:18 Wednesday morning. An almost all-night session included passage of bills related to immigration, environmental regulations, and technical corrections to thousands of pages of legislation passed since January. Reema Khrais and Jeff Tiberii of WUNC review some of the last-minute politicking.
With the pending U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage expected, and the issue of whether North Carolina magistrate’s should be allowed a ‘religious objection’ to performing same-sex marriages, the culture wars over social issues are still being fought in earnest.
Republican lawmakers in the state House are considering a controversial bill that would loosen North Carolina's gun laws. It would ban doctors from asking patients in writing whether they have a gun at home. And it would eliminate a requirement for people to get a permit before they can buy a hand gun. As Jorge Valencia reports from WUNC, the plan to eliminate the permits has gotten strong reactions.