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Senate Joins House In Override Of Cooper Veto Of Party Affiliations On Judicial Ballots PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:33
The North Carolina Senate voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that restores partisan elections for local judicial races. The House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto earlier this week, so the bill is now law.
 
The law fully reinstates the system that was in place for decades prior to the late 1990s and early 2000s. 
 
“For years, Gov. Cooper and his allies have stoked fears of voter disenfranchisement – yet when he had the opportunity to actually increase voter involvement, he rejected a measure that the data suggests would do just that,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham.) “I’m pleased the General Assembly corrected the governor’s misstep and this bill is now law.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:36
 
Bill Would Divert $50 Million Of Highway Money To RDU PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:14
Raleigh-Durham International Airport would receive $50 million from North Carolina's Highway Trust Fund to rebuild one of its runways if a bill introduced in the Senate is passed. 
 
Senate Bill Bill 351 sponsored by Senator Bill Rabon who represents Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, would divert the money from the Highway Trust Fund would be used to rebuild RDU's 10,000 foot runway. Specifically, the legislation calls for the money to go for facilities to accommodate international flights.
 
RDU has two trans-Atlantic flights. American Airlines has flown to London from RDU for decades service while Delta recently initiated a route to Paris.
 
Mecklenburg Senator Files Bill To Repeal HB2 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:10
The Raleigh News and Observer reports a Mecklenburg legislator, Sen. Joel Ford, who is also a Charlotte mayoral candidate, has introduced a bill to repeal HB2, a law that mandates that transgender individual use public restrooms of their biological gender. The law invalidated a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgenders to use public restroom and locker rooms of their gender identity. 
 
SB332 would repeal HB2 and establish and prohibit cities and towns from passing bathroom access ordinances until 30 days after the state's legislative session ends. 
 
After numerous attempts to repeal HB2 have failed, the paper reported Governor Roy Cooper said he would consider a moratorium as part of an effort to repeal HB2, a law he said has cast a shadow over North Carolina. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:14
 
Bills Would Reform Certificate of Need Requirement For Medical Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:01
A host of proposals to reform North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws have been filed in the General Assembly. 
 
CON laws require medical providers that want to build new facilities or buy or replace their own equipment acquire approval from state regulators. Studies cited by the bill sponsors pointed to CON restrictions leading in part to thousands fewer patient beds in the state, along with fewer MRI machines and CT scanners. 
 
Proposals from Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow), Sens. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) and Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), Sens. Norman Sanderson (R-Pamlico) and Louis Pate (R-Wayne) and Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union) would begin the conversation on eliminating barriers to competition created by CON, and making needed services more accessible at a lower cost.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:09
 
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