Old North State Report - May 19, 2017
It was a very light week at the General Assembly.
The Senate held only a few committee meetings and limited floor votes on Wednesday and Thursday after passing their version of the state budget last week.
The House budget writers met this week behind closed doors preparing their response. We are reliably informed that the House will roll out pieces of the budget next week in the relevant committees, and the whole package will be up for floor votes on the week of Memorial Day.
Both Senate and House leaders continue to express their intent to adjourn by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. However, there are differences in approach between the two chambers on tax relief, education spending, and special provisions — all of which remain to be ironed out in conference.
In other news…
The U.S. Supreme Court declined an appeal to reinstate the state's law requiring voter identification citing a dispute between Republican legislators and Democratic executive branch officials over who speaks for North Carolina. GOP legislators are already drafting new legislation to pass legal muster.
Senate Republicans and Democrats sparred over an early-morning amendment during last week’s budget debate that reallocated $1 million in education spending slated for areas represented by Democrats to opioid treatment programs in areas represented by Republicans.
The House voted 104-8 this week to “raise the age.” North Carolina is the only state to try all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, and House Bill 280 would push almost all of those cases into the state's juvenile court system.
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