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North Carolina Legislative Report - September 5, 2014

August 23 - September 5, 2014

The General Assembly adjourned “sine die” on Wednesday, August 20.  During the interim, the MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed biweekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state.

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MVA Public Affairs Blog

One of the final legislative battles of the short session of the General Assembly was over local sales tax jurisdiction.  In the end, lawmakers went home without the House passing the bill, H 1224, but the debate will almost certainly be revived in 2015. 

Want to be sure you’re up to speed?  Check out MVA tax attorney Canaan Huie’s post, A (Somewhat) Brief History of Local Sales Taxes, on the MVA Public Affairs blog.

Governor's Desk 

Governor McCrory this week announced his support of a 550-mile pipeline project that would deliver natural gas from West Virginia to Eastern North Carolina. Read the release here.

Committee Reports

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee: Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee

The first of two committees (the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee: Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee) looking at Medicaid reform this interim had its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3.  Two presentations by legislative staff were the primary focus of the meeting.  The meeting began with a presentation that summarized the findings of a report issued by the Program Evaluation Division in 2013 with respect to options for creating a separate Department of Medicaid.  Next, was a presentation that provided basic information about the State Medicaid program.  Following the two presentations, there was limited discussion among committee members most of which related to clarification of the presentations. 

In The News

The Associated Press: NC cities' league asks McCrory for special session

Raleigh News & Observer: Sen. Berger's chief of staff returns to campaign consulting

WRAL: Transfer of SBI will strengthen agency, Perry says

Triad Business Journal: N.C.'s new Economic Development Partnership sets launch date

Raleigh News & Observer: New subcommittee to evaluate whether DHHS should lose Medicaid

Charlotte Observer: North Carolina's $10 billion Medicaid challenge: Pay for other states or take federal money?

Raleigh News & Observer: Hagan, Tillis clash in opening NC Senate debate

Charlotte Business Journal: River groups file federal coal ash suits against Duke Energy

NC Chamber PAC Release: Statewide Business Community PAC Announces Fall Endorsements

Raleigh News & Observer: NC utilities will meet target for generating electricity from poultry waste

Raleigh News & Observer: Environmentalists counter gas, oil industry fracking campaign in NC

Charlotte Observer: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County increasingly look to sales tax hikes

Salisbury Post: Rowan legislators: Coal ash commission legal

Washington Post: North Carolina film industry hoping for ‘last-minute Hail Mary rescue’ of tax incentives

Calendar

Tue, September 09, 2014

9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

643 LOB


Wed, September 10, 2014

10:00 AM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance

544 LOB


Wed, September 17, 2014

10:00 AM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Child Support

421 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

544 LOB


Tue, October 14, 2014

9:30 AM

Revenue Laws Study Committee -- CORRECTED

544 LOB

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