Don’t expect much action at the N.C. General Assembly until Gov. Pat McCrory arrives Wednesday for his State of the State address.
Both the Senate and House were in session for just a few minutes Thursday. House leaders scheduled their next sessions for 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 5:45 p.m. Wednesday – about an hour before McCrory takes the podium.
“It is anticipated that no recorded House votes will be taken on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Rep. David Lewis, a Dunn Republican who serves as rules chairman.
House leaders referred the first round of bills to committees for initial debate. And Rep. D. Craig Horn, a Weddington Republican, took the floor to speak about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death.
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In the Senate – in session Thursday for about 10 minutes – Democratic Sen. Gladys Robinson of Greensboro gave a speech marking the 55th anniversary of the civil rights sit-ins in her city. She said the sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth store “fueled the movement to desegregate public facilities in this country.”
Without meetings to attend, legislators continued to file bills Thursday. Among the latest are measures to:
• Allow lottery winners to keep their names and addresses private (HB30
• Restore the annual sales tax holiday for school supplies (HB26
• Establish a statewide poverty task force (HB28
• Fund an additional district court judge and prosecutor for Wake County (HB33
• Update unemployment insurance laws (HB24