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Bill Would Challenge Athletic Conferences That Pull Events From NC Because of HB2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:30
The state of North Carolina could file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against sports organizations (like the ACC and NCAA) 
who use sporting events as a lobbying tool under legislation filed at the General Assembly. 
The bill, the “Athletic Associations Accountability Act,” would require General Assembly leaders to challenge the non-profit status of athletic leagues and conferences that use sporting events as tools to advance a political agenda. 
In September, the NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina in protest of the passage of HB2, which among other things, requires transgenders to use the bathroom of their biological sex. 
Specifically, the bill states “the taxpayers of North Carolina should not be required to support the NCAA’s and the ACC’s lobbying efforts against duly enacted state law through the organizations’ continued status as 501(c)(3) tax‑exempt organization.”
The bill is sponsored by Representatives Mark Brody, Chris Millis;  Larry Yarborough, Larry Pittman and Beverly Boswell.
School Boards Would Lose Ability To Sue Counties Under New Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 March 2017 14:16
A bill filed in the General Assembly would prohibit school board from suing their respective counties for more money. 
Supporters of House Bill 305 argue that school boards who use tac dollars to sue county commissions for more tax dollars doesn’t make sense. Opponents of the bill say school boards need the courts to provide the leverage to secure the funds needed to educate students. 
School districts do not have independent taxing authority, therefore, are dependent on counties for a significant portion of funding. School boards do have the right to mediation if they have a serious disagreement funding disagreement with the home county. 
The primary sponsors of the bill are House members Debra Conrad of Winston-Salem, Larry Potts of Lexington, Carl Ford of China Grove and Michael Wray of Gaston county. 
Spellings Gets $90,000 Bonus PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:17
The UNC Board of Governors has given system President Margaret Spellings $90,000 bonus. 
Spellings' base salary is $775,000. 
Half the money will go immediately to Spellings. The other half will be deposited in a retirement account.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:42
Cooper Signs Bill That Reduces Size Of UNC Board of Governors PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:13
Governor Roy Cooper's signed a bill that will reduce the number of UNC-system Board of Governors members from 32 to 24 by 2019.  It was the first bill signed of his governorship.
The N.C. General Assembly will elect 12 members during this year’s regular legislative session, who will join the previously elected 16 members.
In a statement, Speaker of the House Tim Moore said the new law will streamline the board resulting in a more efficient operation. 
“University officials should focus on students and classrooms first, and streamlining the UNC Board of Governors will improve their ability to provide oversight and serve stakeholders in higher education,” he said.
Governor Cooper did not release a statement on the bill. 

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