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North Carolina Legislative Report - March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed on a weekly basis to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state.

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On The Floor

This week, the Senate passed S 19, Revenue Laws Technical Changes and S 37, Waive Tuition/Fallen Officer Was Guardian.

The House passed S 109, Joint Session/State of the Judiciary, S 14, Acad. Standards/Rules Review/Coal Ash/Funds, H 117, NC Competes Act and S 20, IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes.

Committees

Joint Appropriations Committee Meetings

The House and Senate continued with joint appropriations committee meetings as they work towards putting together a budget for this year.  Individual subcommittees met throughout the week to look at specific budget areas such as Transportation, Health and Human Services, Education, Public Safety, General Government and Information Technology.  These committees took this time to review the current budget and identify key priorities for the upcoming year.  Members will continue their work when they return next week. 

House K-12 Education Committee

The Committee met on Tuesday, March 3.  Members addressed H 18, Planning Year for CIHS and H 35, Education Innovation Task Force.  H 18 provides institutions seeking a Cooperative Innovative High School status with a planning year prior to opening.  The bill was given approval after the $750,000 appropriation was removed.  H 35 establishes a Legislative Task Force on Education Innovation.  The task force would be comprised of 18 House and Senate appointments and the North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  H 35 received a favorable report.  The Committee will meet again on Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00.

House Transportation Committee

The Committee met on Tuesday, March 3.  H 5, Military Veterans Special Plate, reauthorizes the DMV to produce a special plate for military veterans and removes the 300 application minimum needed before issuing the plate.  H 5 received a favorable report and was sent to the Finance Committee.  H 6, Autocycle Definition and Regulation, defines and establishes regulations for autocycles.  An autocycle is a three wheeled motorcycle with safety features for each passenger, but is built to the safety standards of motorcycles and would be regulated as such by H 6.  The bill received a favorable report and was sent to the Finance Committee.  The Committee will meet again on Tuesday, March 10.

House Finance Committee

The Committee met on Tuesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 5.  On Tuesday, the Committee approved two bills.  H 117, NC Competes Act, would provide funding for two economic development programs (JDIG, renamed as Job GRO – People, and the Site Infrastructure Development Fund, renamed Site Acceleration Fund), modify a provision allowing for single sales factor apportionment for certain corporations, extend a refund provision relating to sales tax on jet fuel, and provide for sales tax exemptions for sales of certain items for use at data centers.  S 20, IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes would conform certain provisions of the State tax code to changes made at the federal level over the last year and would set the motor fuel tax rate at 36 cents/gallon from April 1, 2015, until January 1, 2016.  Without the legislation, the motor fuel tax rate would be 37.5 cents/gallon until July 1, 2015, when it is expected to fall to 29.9 cents/gallon. Both bills were sent to the Appropriations Committee for consideration.

On Thursday, the Committee approved H 41, Revenue Laws Technical Changes.  The bill would make numerous technical, clarifying and administrative changes related to the State’s revenue laws.

House Appropriations Committee

On Tuesday, March 3, the Committee met and approved two bills – H 117, NC Competes Act, and S 20, IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes – which are outlined in the Finance Committee summary above.

House Health Committee

The Committee met on Wednesday, March 4, and approved H 13, Amend School Health Assessment Requirement.  H 13 seeks to require each child presented for admission into the public school system for the first time to submit proof of a recent health assessment.  It also requires the health assessment transmittal form to be permanently maintained in the child’s official school record.  

Senate Finance Committee          

The Committee met on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4.  The Committee took up no bills, but instead continued hearing staff presentations with respect to the State’s economic development efforts.

Senate Education/Higher Education Committee

The Committee met on Wednesday, March 4, and approved S 37, Waive Tuition/Fallen Officer Was Guardian.  S 37 seeks to provide that the tuition wavier for survivors of law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue squad workers also applies to children whose legal guardians are law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue squad workers.

Senate Work Force and Economic Development Committee

The Committee met on Wednesday, March 4.  The Committee heard presentations from the Commerce Department on the State’s Workforce Development and NC Tower programs.  No votes were taken.  The Committee will meet again on Wednesday, March 11.

In The News

Associated Press: Quick look at 1st year of McCrory's 2-year NC budget plan

Raleigh News & Observer: Gas tax, jobs incentives bills clear NC House

Wilmington Star News: Local lawmakers propose $66 million for film

Associated Press: Economic incentives bill to again test N.C. urban-rural divide

Greensboro News & Record: State officials hope to keep data centers coming

Calendar

Mon, March 09, 2015

10:00 AM

North Carolina Courts Commission

643 LOB

4:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Personal Services Contract

423 LOB

7:00 PM

Session Convenes (House)

House

7:00 PM

Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate


Tue, March 10, 2015

8:30 AM

 Appropriations, Education (Joint)

423 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology

425 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Health and Human Services - CANCELLED

643 LOB

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Joint Appropriations/Base Budget

643 LOB

8:30AM-10:30AM

  Appropriations (Joint)

643 LOB

10:00 AM

Judiciary I (Senate)

Off-Duty Correctional Officers/Conceal Carry. (S78)
Disqualification Notice/Pistol Sale Permit. (S89)

1027/1128 LB

10:30 AM

Judiciary II (Senate)

Cities/Overgrown Vegetation Notice. (S53)

1124/1224 LB

11:00 AM

Education - Universities (House)

Waive Tuition/Fallen Officer Was Guardian. (H19)
SOG Pilot Project Standards. (For discussion only. No votes will be taken on H 72.) (H72)

643 LOB

12:00 PM

Program Evaluation (Senate)

421 LOB

12:00 PM

Transportation (House)

Handicapped Parking Law Revisions. (H91)
Utility Vehicles/Law Enforcement. (H102)
Speed Limit/Highway Work Zone. (H136)

643 LOB

12:00 PM

Rep. Rodney Moore - Press Conference

Press Room LB

1:00 PM

Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources -- CANCELLED(House)

423 LOB

1:00 PM

Environment (House)

423 LOB

1:00 PM

Agriculture (House)

643 LOB

3:00 PM

Redistricting (Senate)

Greensboro City Council Changes. (S36)
Wake County Commissioner Districts. (S181)

544 LOB

3:00 PM

Senate Committee on Redistricting

544 LOB


Wed, March 11, 2015

8:30 AM

Appropriations, Transportation (Joint)

1228/1327 LB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Department of Transportation

1228/1327 LB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety

415 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources

421 LOB

8:30 AM

Appropriations, Education (Joint) -- CORRECTED

423 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Education/Higher Education

423 LOB

8:30 AM

Appropriations, General Government (Joint)

425 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology

425 LOB

10:00 AM

Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources (Senate)

544 LOB

10:00 AM

Health (House)

Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. (H158)

643 LOB

11:00 AM

Aging (House)

Senior Tax Deduction for Medical Expenses. (H46)

423 LOB

11:00 AM

Rep. Cunningham - Press Conference

Press Room LB

12:00 PM

Workforce and Economic Development (Senate)

 544 LOB

12:00 PM

Rep. Avila - Press Conference

Press Room LB

1:00 PM

Finance (Senate)

544 LOB


Thu, March 12, 2015

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Department of Transportation

1228/1327 LB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety

415 LOB

8:30 AM

Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources (Joint)

421 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources

421 LOB

8:30 AM

Appropriations, Education (Joint)

423 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Education/Higher Education

423 LOB

8:30 AM

Appropriations, General Government (Joint)

425 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology

425 LOB

8:30 AM

Joint Appropriations on Health and Human Services

643 LOB

10:00 AM

Environment (House)

544 LOB


Mon, March 16, 2015

2:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

643 LOB

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