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North Carolina Legislative Report - May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh for the Regular Session April 25, 2016.
The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed
weekly during session to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues
facing the state.

On The Floor

House and Senate members introduced nearly 120 bills on Tuesday, May 10, the filing deadline.

For legislative action lookup by day, click below:

Committee Meetings

House Transportation Committee

The Committee met on Tuesday, May 10, and approved three bills. HB 971, Motor Fleet Clarification, would provide that the Department of Administration may contract with private vendors for short-term rental vehicles for use by officers and employees of State agencies for State business. HB 988, Repeal Light Rail Funding Cap, would repeal a funding of cap of $500,000 in State funds for light rail projects enacted in 2015. HB 1002, Ferry System Stabilization Act, would eliminate ferry tolling and provide State funds for improvements to the State Ferry System.

House Health Committee

The Committee met on Wednesday, May 11, and approved four bills. HB 1012, Study Allocation of CC Subsidies/Waitlist, would direct the Division of Child Development and Early Education to study and report on the allocation of child care subsidies. HB 1013, Study Alignment of CC Services Applications, would direct the Division of Child Development and Early Education to study and report on the feasibility and desirability of developing a streamlined process for eligible families to apply for and obtain available services. HB 1014, NC-PreK Conforming Change, would make conforming changes regarding the names of the NC Pre-K program, and the Advisory Council on Rare Diseases. HB 1040, Study Costs Associated With NC Pre-K Slots, would direct the Division of Child Development and Early Education to study and report on the costs associated with the slots for the NC Pre-K Program.

House Appropriations Subcommittees

All of the subcommittees met on Thursday, May 12, and each revealed budget recommendations for the various departments. The full House budget is expected to be publicly available on Monday for review. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to take up the budget for consideration. May 20 continues to be the target for the House to pass its budget. Once the House passes the budget, the Senate will begin its budget process. After the Senate passes its version of the budget, the House and Senate will form a conference committee to help negotiate a final agreement for the state budget.

Senate Education Committee

The Committee met on Wednesday, May 11 to take up HB 474, Exclude Year-Round Track Out Program/Child. A proposed committee substitute was adopted changing the content of the original bill.  The new language adds an exception from the definition of child care for track out programs provided to school-age children when they are out of school on a year-round school calendar. HB 474 received a favorable report in Committee and was placed on the Senate calendar for Tuesday, May 17.

In The News

Legislative Calendar

Mon, May 16, 2016

10:00 AM

Session Convenes (House)

House

10:30 AM

Rep. Holley - Press Conference

Press Room LB

11:30 AM

Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate

5:30 PM

Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the (House)

1228/1327 LB


Tue, May 17, 2016

8:30 AM

Finance (House)

2016 Appropriations Act. (H1030)

544 LOB

9:30AM 4:00PM

Appropriations -- CORRECTED (House)

643 LOB

11:00 AM

Health Care (Senate)

Child Welfare System Recommendations. (S785)
Study/Opioid Abuse and Incapacity to Proceed. (S788)
Expand Hospital Disclosure Requirements. (S825)
Add Kratom to Controlled Substance List. (S830)
Medicaid Transformation Reporting. (S838)
Medicaid Eligibility Timeliness/Funds. (S841)

544 LOB

12:00 PM

State and Local Government -- CORRECTED (Senate)

Moore Cnty Local Sales Tax Use Restriction. (S727)
Town of Proctorville/Sewer Fee Collections. (S733)
Town of Rolesville/Annexation. (S739)
State Controller/Criminal Record Checks. (S741)
Village of Marvin/Deannexation. (S774) Municipal Service Districts/Statutory Changes. (S803)
Tobaccoville Recall Elections. (S823)
Clay County Courthouse. (S795)

423 LOB


Wed, May 18, 2016

12:30 PM

Judiciary I (House)

Vet's Posttraumatic Stress/Mitigating Factor. (H1104)
State Controller/Criminal Record Checks. (H970)

415 LOB

1:00 PM

Finance (Senate)

Lottery - JLOC Recommendations. (S728)
Expand 1%/$80 Excise Tax for Ports Equip. (S832)

544 LOB


Wed, June 08, 2016

11:00 AM

Rep. Stevens - Press Conference

Press Room LB


Tue, June 14, 2016

9:00 AM

Senator Smith-Ingram Press Conference

Press Room LB

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