State lawmakers work late to beat 'crossover' deadline

April 30, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Members of the N.C. House worked late into the evening Wednesday, approving nearly 50 pieces of legislation, while the Senate passed more than 40 bills. Rules state that bills that don't impact taxes or fiscal spending had to clear one of the two chambers no later than today.

NCDOT to cut 81 jobs

April 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation will lay off 70 workers on June 1, Secretary Tony Tata said Tuesday. Eleven vacant positions also will be eliminated. Most of the affected jobs are in technical services, which includes roadway design, project development and environmental analysis.

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.