Government

NC Appeals Court ruling favors educators

June 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state legislature's 2013 budget plan that would have phased out teacher tenure by 2018 is unconstitutional. The decision backs a 2014 Superior Court ruling. N.C. Senate president Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a joint statement that said they are working to "explore appeal options."

Senate overrides governor's veto

June 2, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate voted 32-16 to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have a religious objection. The House is expected to hold an override vote Wednesday; a three-fifths majority is needed for the bill to become law. Senators also approved a bill that extends the waiting period for abortions from one day to three.

Newton to run for attorney general

June 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Sen. Buck Newton plans to announce Monday that he will run for attorney general in 2016. The Wilson Republican co-sponsored the senate bill that would exempt magistrates from performing marriages if they have religious objections. (Gov. McCrory vetoed the bill last week.) N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is expected to run for governor in 2016.

McCrory vetoes anti-whistleblower bill

June 1, 2015

(WRAL.com)

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.