Government

Senators drop bill to revoke Dix property sale

April 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Three Republican state senators dropped a bill that would have nullified a deal for the city of Raleigh to buy the former Dorothea Dix hospital property and would instead have sold the property to the highest bidder. The state plans to sell the 308-acre campus to Raleigh for $52 million. A city park is planned.

NC native Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general

April 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Greensboro native Loretta Lynch will be sworn in as the next U.S. attorney general on Monday following a long-delayed vote held last Thursday. U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr both voted against Lynch, who was confirmed by a vote of 56-43 and will become the nation's first black female attorney general.

Moore says House won't take up religious freedom bill

April 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday a proposed "religious freedom" bill is dead for the session. The bill had drawn opposition from many businesses, including IBM and American Airlines. Critics said the legislation would enable discrimination against same-sex couples.

Petraeus expected to enter guilty plea in Charlotte

April 23, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

At a hearing in Charlotte on Thursday, former CIA Director David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to sharing classified government documents with his biographer, Charlotte resident Paula Broadwell. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The government will recommend Petraeus receives two years' probation and a $40,000 fine.

Supreme Court ruling could make NC a 'purple' state

April 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday could make it tougher for Republicans to maintain control of the legislature. The court ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider a challenge to the legislative and congressional districts passed by the state General Assembly in 2011.

McCrory again questions need for religious freedom bills

April 21, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday expressed concerns over religious freedom act bills, which opponents say would enable discrimination based on sexual orientation. McCrory questioned the need for the legislation on a Charlotte radio show last month.

Bill would provide oversight for contract workers

April 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state has spent an average of $22 million a year over the last five years to pay contract workers to fill temporary positions, though a recent report shows many are overcompensated and stay on the payroll for several years. A new proposal would impose new restrictions on the use of contract workers.

Bills focus on homeowners insurance rates

April 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state legislature will consider at least five bills related to homeowners insurance. Most of the bills, including a pair of bills that would give the state insurance commissioner increased ability to lower insurance rates, favor homeowners and keeping premiums down.

McCrory to propose $3B in bonds for road projects, facility upgrades

April 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to announce Friday two $1.5 billion bond proposals to fund state transportation and infrastructure improvements. The transportation bond includes about 20 highway projects. The separate infrastructure bond would fund upgrades at the state's two ports, projects at 10 UNC system campuses and 28 state parks, among others.

Hospitals fight proposal that would increase competition

April 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state hospital association opposes a bill that would eliminate the state's certificate of need laws, making it easier for outside groups to open same-day surgery centers and clinics. Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Henderson County who introduced the bill, says eliminating the CON program would would offer consumers more choices and lower costs.