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.
Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, says he’s lobbying to get the Air Force to change its decision to inactivate the 440th Airlift Wing because it would harm the ability of the Army’s Global Response Force to fly from Fort Bragg to trouble spots in any part of the world in 18 hours or less.
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.
Sen. Bill Rabon wants the state to stop letting Ocracoke Island residents go to the front of the line for free at the busy ferry dock – and to start collecting $150 a year from anybody willing to pay for priority boarding.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is bashing the federal proposal for a 50-mile buffer between the Atlantic coastline and planned offshore drilling for oil and gas, telling a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday that it would restrict development for no reason.
A proposal to grant driving privileges to immigrants in North Carolina illegally, if they pass a criminal background check and are fingerprinted, has advocates and critics. It passed through a House committee Wednesday.
The House is expected to pass a group of bills on tax day aimed at reining in the IRS, including one by Rep. George Holding that would streamline the way the agency handles groups that claim tax-exempt status.
The N.C. House Elections Committee voted Tuesday to put political party labels on school board races and statewide judicial elections, while making candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run together on a single ticket.
Homebuilders garnered support from the N.C. House Tuesday for sweeping changes to the state’s building code. The bill has prompted outcry from home inspectors who worry it would make new homes less safe.
The state Auditor’s Office has released a two-year detailed balance sheet for the state Department of Health and Human Services that shows the state Medicaid program had accumulated $350 million in liabilities as of June 30 last year, about the same time that state health officials were boasting of a $63 million budget surplus in the government health insurance program.
An advisory council established by law to guide the North Carolina Labor Commissioner on worker safety issues hasn’t met since 2010. Commissioner Cherie Berry said she suspended meetings to save money as the state wrestled budget constraints. State law says the group must meet twice a year.
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