McCrory vetoes anti-whistleblower bill

June 1, 2015


Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to sue employees who record videos or take photos in unauthorized areas in order to expose workplace practices. The bill was intended to prevent undercover investigations at agriculture facilities. McCrory said the measure could prevent honest employees from reporting illegal or unethical activity.

McCrory to veto magistrate bill

May 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he will veto a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. McCrory has vetoed three bills; two were overridden in both the House and Senate.

Gov. McCrory considers workplace bill amid protests

May 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Opposition to House Bill 405 is growing, particularly among animal-rights advocates including the Humane Society of the United States. The legislation would allow employers to sue workers who take unauthorized photos or videos of their workplaces, potentially avoiding embarrassing investigations into workplace conditions.

NC House votes to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages

May 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House voted in favor of a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. A final vote on the legislation, which has already been approved by the Senate, is expected Thursday. Gov. Pat McCrory has expressed concern over the bill and said previously he won't sign it.

NC begins exploratory drilling for shale gas

May 27, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina will begin drilling Wednesday to determine shale-gas potential at three sites in the eastern part of the state. Drilling, which could last two to five days, will take place in Cumberland, Johnston and Scotland counties.

UNC Chapel Hill waits to release NCAA findings

May 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Chapel Hill officials have received the results of an NCAA investigation into academic fraud at the university, but the findings will not be made public until a thorough review of the documents has been performed.

NC House passes $21B budget

May 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House approved a $21 billion state budget plan by a vote of 93-23. The budget proposal, which will now move on the the Senate for consideration, would increase funding for education, including teacher raises, and restore a deduction for medical expenses on state income taxes. Last-minute changes included reducing a credit for film productions from $60 million to $40 million per year and eliminating a credit for companies that hire state universities for R&D work.

Judge halts fracking permits

May 21, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A Wake County judge stopped the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission from issuing drilling permits for fracking until a lawsuit between Gov. Pat McCrory and General Assembly leaders is resolved.
Related: Exploratory drilling for oil and natural gas could start as soon as next week

House budget would increase education spending

May 20, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House budget proposal would increase K-12 spending by $269 million, or about 3.3%. State revenue projections show 6% growth for the upcoming year. "The first time since I've been here, I get to talk about what we're adding instead of what we're cutting," Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union County), who chairs the education budget committee, said.

House budget proposal would revive historic-preservation credits

May 19, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The N.C. House's budget proposal, released Monday, would restore the state's historic preservation tax credits and extend the program until Jan 1, 2021. The budget also would revive the medical-expense tax exemption for senior citizens.