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Bipartisan bill would require ‘paid for‘ labels on social media political ads

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Legislation filed this week would require political ads on social media and anywhere else online in North Carolina to carry the same “paid for by” labels already required on print ads, mailers and television commercials. House Bill 1065 has bipartisan support. House Rules Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, is a primary sponsor, […]

Industry gets requested changes on GenX bill

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — A lobbying group that includes GenX manufacturer Chemours asked for three changes to legislation targeting the company‘s chemical emissions, and it got all three during a complex back-and-forth that saw the bill morph significantly between rollout and inclusion in the new state budget. Among the changes: No longer would North Carolina […]

Thursday Wrap: Happy Festivus

Raleigh, N.C. — The airing of grievances during the House‘s celebration of Festivus, aka the budget debate, took about five hours Thursday. Democrats complained for nearly two hours on Republican legislative leaders‘ decision to bar amendments to the $23.9 billion spending plan. That was followed by another three hours of criticism that the budget doesn‘t do enough for teachers, state […]

Today@NCCapitol: Budget finish line

Raleigh, N.C. — Here‘s what‘s happening in the General Assembly on Friday, June 1: The House is set to hold its final vote on the $23.9 billion state budget before sending the bill to Gov. Roy Cooper. The House also has votes scheduled on legislation dealing with school safety, elections, building codes, unemployment benefits and annexations. The Senate holds a […]

Wake would get new judges, districts from revamp bill

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County District Court judges would be elected from six newly drawn districts, instead of countywide, under a plan introduced Friday at the statehouse. The county would also add two District Court judges, for a total of 21, as part of less ambitious plans to redraw judicial districts around the state […]

Friday Wrap: All part of the process

Raleigh, N.C. — After two more hours of often angry debate over process and policy Friday, the House gave the final thumbs-up to the $23.9 billion state budget and sent it off to Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper now has 10 days to sign the budget, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. Elsewhere, lawmakers have given […]

Senate approves state budget

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — The state‘s new $24 billion budget cleared its first floor vote of the session Wednesday, speeding toward final passage as Republicans and Democrats largely divided on the plan look toward November‘s general elections. The vote, the first of two the Senate will take on the budget, was 36-14. Sen. Don Davis, […]