A legislative proposal to make the assault of a public school teacher by a student an automatic felony worries some groups and lawmakers who are concerned it could create unintended, lifelong consequences for young people.
After former Executive Director Dana Cope resigned over financial improprieties, the new leader says changes are underway. But some ask why the SEANC executive committee, which zealously defended Cope is still in power.
With little discussion and no study, North Carolina legislators are attempting to severely weaken an environmental regulation that has been on the books since 1971. They say it’s outdated and unnecessarily costly.
After a Senate committee endorsed a bill ordering the layoffs of 81 state Department of Transportation workers, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata persuaded the sponsor Wednesday to cancel the legislation, a Tata spokesman said.
Drivers would be spared the state’s $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones, under legislation moving quickly through the House, in cases where no construction workers were present at the time.
An N.C. Senate committee postponed a vote Tuesday on a bill to put the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property up for bid and revoke a deal reached between Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory to create a park.
The state House passed a bill Monday that would put party labels on appellate court candidates. House Bill 8 would reverse a law that has made state Supreme Court and Appeals Court elections nonpartisan since 2004. It passed the House, 69-48 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
NC hires hundreds of professionals every year on personal services contracts, sometimes at seemingly excessive rates to fill what are supposed to be temporary needs for more doctors, attorneys, engineers and the like. A legislative review has found that the contracts, which cost the state an average of $22 million a year over the past five years, have been so misused that they should be eliminated.
A proposed bill would prohibit homeowners insurance companies from skirting the state’s regulatory process by getting policyholders to sign a “consent to rate” form that agrees to higher rates. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin opposes the bill, saying it is too broad.