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North Carolina Legislative Report - October 3, 2014

September 20 - October 3, 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

Want to be sure you’re up to speed?  Check out MVA tax attorney Canaan Huie’s most recent post on tax loopholes, The Hidden Tax Expenditures, on the MVA Public Affairs blog.

Governor's Desk

Governor McCrory this week announced his three appointments to the Coal Ash Commission, including Chairman Michael Jacobs, Herbert Eckerlin and Larry Cobb.

Committee Reports

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Subcommittee on Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization

The Subcommittee met on Wednesday, September 24.  Steve Owen of the Fiscal Research Division presented on the cost drivers in the State Medicaid program.  Carol Shaw of the Program Evaluation Division presented on the findings of a study released by the Division last year with respect to options for reorganizing the entity that administers the Medicaid program.  Ryan Blackledge of the Legislative Drafting Division gave a brief overview of the various Medicaid reform initiatives suggested over the last 18 months.  In addition, representatives from Mercer Government Human Services Consulting presented on the results of a study they conducted in 2011 on opportunities and challenges that would be associated with attempting to manage all government health care programs (Medicaid, Health Choices, and the State Health Plan) within a single entity.

In The News

Raleigh News & Observer: NC offers to sell 308-acre Dorothea Dix property for $52 million

Greensboro News & Record: Duke Energy sets up coal ash panel

Greensboro News & Record: Number of N.C. coal ash ponds drops by one, on technicality

Charlotte Observer: Legal costs in Charlotte airport fight top $1 million

Fayetteville Observer: Billy Richardson attacks Wesley Meredith with Medicaid accusations; Meredith calls it 'below the belt'

Charlotte Observer: Pat McCrory names coal ash commission members

The Associated Press: NC group targets 3 lawmakers on coal ash votes

Rock Hill Herald: Studio once proposed for Eastland Mall may go to York County

The Associated Press: Money for NC private school vouchers begins moving

The Associated Press: 'Dialing for dollars' new for NC court hopefuls

Charlotte Observer: A peek behind the jobs curtain: How Charlotte lost one company to SC

Charlotte Observer: IRS fights Ingersoll-Rand over offshore money routing

NC Insider: NC counties see rise in unaffiliated voters

Raleigh News & Observer: Review of Common Core education standards begins in NC

Calendar

Mon, October 06, 2014

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

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee

643 LOB


Tue, October 07, 2014

10:00 AM 

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

643 LOB


Wed, October 08, 2014

10:00 AM

Select Committee on Regulatory Authority and Operations of the NC Wildife Resources Commission -- CANCELLED (House)

1228/1327 LB

2:00 PM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance

544 LOB


Thu, October 09, 2014

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

643 LOB


Tue, October 14, 2014

9:00 AM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

643 LOB

9:30 AM

Revenue Laws Study Committee -- CORRECTED

544 LOB


Wed, October 15, 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


Mon, October 20, 2014

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

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee

643 LOB


Wed, October 22, 2014

1:00 PM

House Study Committee on Education Innovation (2013)

643 LOB

1:00 PM

House Study Committee on Education Innovation (2013) -- CORRECTED

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation


Wed, November 12, 2014

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

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee

643 LOB


Wed, January 14, 2015

9:00 AM

Session Convenes (House)

House

9:00 AM

Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate

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