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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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 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.
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
Tue, September 09, 2014
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance
Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Child Support