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North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Two months into the fiscal year and the government is still operating under a continuing resolution (CR). With the CR set to expire at 11:59 pm on Monday, August 31, House and Senate leadership agreed this week to extend the...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #4

This Week - Lawmakers passed the third Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session, House Bill 18. The temporary spending measure will keep government functioning until September 18th, while budget negotiators attempt to...more

News from Second and State

August is coming to a close, and the Commonwealth still has no spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Hopes were high early in the week, with the House having scheduled session for Tuesday and rumors that the Senate...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

News from Second and State

On August 4, two special elections were held: one in Cumberland County (HD-87) and one in Delaware County (HD-161). In Cumberland County, Greg Rothman (R ) was elected to replace Glen Grell (R), who recently resigned to take...more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

Special Session Ends with Handful of Noteworthy Tax Bills, Predictions for Next Special Session

The first Special Session of 2015 ended on Tuesday, August 11, without accomplishing the primary objective of passing a General Fund budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Governor’s “call” for the special session included...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #2

This Week - On Wednesday, lawmakers passed Senate bill 560, the second Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session which will keep State government functioning until August 31st. The legislature has yet to agree on the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Senate Bill 534, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority, commonly referred to as a Continuing Resolution (CR), expired Friday at 11:59 pm. It was passed at the end of June with hopes to have a budget agreement by August 14. In...more

NC Legislative Update - August 2015

This Week - It was an eventful week at the General Assembly and perhaps the most noteworthy news on Jones Street took place on Wednesday. Senate leadership held a press conference announcing that they were willing to...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - August 7, 2015

Angel and Laura worried all week about what we could tell you about in our weekly update, but then yesterday happened. Lo and behold this week has written itself. Silly us! New Senate Budget Strategy: truce, sort...more

News from Second and State

Harrisburg was generally quiet this week with neither chamber in session nor any firm news on the budget. Despite the budget impasse, most lawmakers plan to participate in a previously planned educational junket to Israel;...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Last Monday night the Senate passed HB 774, Restoring Proper Justice Act, 33-16. According to HB 744’s supporters, the bill will allow executions to resume in the state. The last execution occurred in 2006. ...more

News from Second and State

Month two of the budget impasse is upon us, with no real developments to report this week. Some back and forth in the press between the House Republicans and House Democrats brought speculation of a possible budget bill veto...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #3

This Week - Trying to predict when the General Assembly will adjourn every year is a question that even the most seasoned lawmakers, lobbyists and staff cannot answer. The length of the current session, which began in...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh from a 10-day recess on Monday, July 13. House and Senate members have not yet come to a compromise regarding their very distinct budget proposals. However, last week...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

News from Second and State

Week two of the budget stalemate is behind us, and there’s very little news to report. While news of a potential stop-gap budget and possible agreement on the imposition of a natural gas extraction tax might seem encouraging,...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

July 17th, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

In Limbo - You may recall that the General Assembly did not enact a new budget in time for the fiscal year that began July 1st. Instead, a continuing resolution was passed that keeps spending static until its expiration...more

Question on 'Another Agenda' Made Senate Debate on Tax Credit Crackle

“What else is going on here?” That’s what Bruce Tarr of Gloucester kept asking his Massachusetts Senate colleagues on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19....more

News from Second and State

As of our July 1 post, the legislature had sent a number of budget related bills—including the General Appropriations Bill—to the governor for action. Ten days later (the exact number of days the governor has to sign or veto...more

House Dems Tun Argument Lost by Senate Republicans into Win at the End

Here’s one way to think of the controversy over how the state should fund an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (“tax credit”), a benefit for low-income working families: the Minority Republican Leader of the...more

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