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Measure Would Kill I-77 Toll Lane Project PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:12
A bill that would kill the highly controversial toll lane on Interstate 77 in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties has been filed in the General Assembly. 
 
House Bill 226 would cancel the contract on July 1 between the N.C. Department of Transportation and I-77 Mobility Partners which has started construction in the median of I-77 north of Charlotte. 
 
Cancellation fees, which have been estimated to run as high as $300 million, would be paid by the state. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:45
 
Bill Outlawing Drones Over Prisons Passes First Hurdle PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:59
A bill that would ban flying a drone over a prison or jail has passed the House Transportation Committee. 
 
The legislation now heads to the House Judiciary 2 Committee. 
 
If passed, anyone flying a drone flying over a prison or jail would be fined $500 and the aircraft would be confiscated. 
 
Bill sponsor Rep. Allen McNeill told the committee there have been two incidences of drones flying over prisons or jails. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:35
 
Senate Slaps Subpoena On DPS Nominee PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:36
In the continuing power struggle over the Senate's power to approve Governor Roy Cooper's cabinet appointments, the Senate Judiciary Committee has slapped a subpoena to Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks for a confirmation hearing. 
 
Chair Senator Tamara Barringer said Hooks would only attend the March 15 hearing under subpoena. 
 
Larry Hall, Cooper’s secretary of military and veterans affairs, attended confirmation hearings last week under a subpoena. After earning a unanimous vote for confirmation in committee Hall was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Monday, March 6. 
 
 
Hall Wins Senate Confirmation As Military and Veteran Affairs Secretary PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:25
The North Carolina Senate unanimously confirmed former Durham representative Larry Hall as the state's military and veterans affairs secretary. 
 
The confirmation comes after Hall appeared before a Senate committee under subpoena.  
 
Governor Roy Cooper is fighting a law passed in special session, that requires Senate confirmation of cabinet appointees. A three-judge panel has heard arguments on the lawsuit.
 
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