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.
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.
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.