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The House voted 113-0 to get rid of the state Map Act, which enables the state Department of Transportation to cut its right-of-way costs by preventing landowners from developing property it expects to buy for future highway projects.
The state gas tax would be chopped down to 30 cents a gallon, but other taxes and fees would rise sharply, under sweeping legislation filed Thursday to change how the state collects money for transportation – and how it spends it.
The N.C. House voted 94-18 Wednesday to suspend all state wildlife regulations related to opossums for five days each year – a move designed to combat legal challenges to an offbeat New Year’s Eve celebration in Clay County.
NC Gov. Pat McCrory advocated in Congress on Wednesday for including North Carolina in an Atlantic Ocean offshore energy program. It would allow for oil and gas leasing, and exploration and development, miles off the coast of the state.