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NC Legislative Update: June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

This Week

Lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly shortly after 2:00AM Friday morning.  The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies would reconvene the legislature on August 3rd, September 6th, and potentially on November 15th for various reasons.  When lawmakers reconvene on August 3rd, they are likely to address any vetoes from the Governor.  Several unresolved Conference Reports will likely be addressed as well.  The resolution also included a self-imposed deadline to reconvene on November 15th if necessary, to redraw legislative districts, if the courts have not mandated them to do so.

North Carolina General Assembly Adjourns – WUNC
Legislature adds extra sessions in August, September as it prepares to adjourn – N&O 

The NCGA passed more legislation this week than in the previous 22 weeks combined.  A link to all of the 98 bills pending on the Governor’s desk, 97 of which passed this week, can be found here.  A link to all of the 83 bills that have become law so far this year can be found here.  The Governor has 30-days to take action on legislation pending on his desk.  Nexsen Pruet will release a comprehensive report on the 2017 long session of the NCGA next week.

In the News

Legislature passes council districts bill after deleting commission to draw lines – Citizen-Times
FINAL – 2017 Health & Human Services Budget Comparison – NC Health News
As GenX lingers, NC environmental regulators hobbled – Star News
General Assembly names redistricting committee ahead of lower court order – NSJ
Cooper signs STOP Act into law – Daily Reflector
General Assembly passes solar bill, but wind power suffers – WRAL TechWire
NC legislature rejects effort to join constitutional convention movement – N&O
Coal Ash Language Late Addition to Bill at NCGA – NC Health News
Municipalities seek authority to levy sales taxes – Bladen Journal
NC superintendent, school board await judges' decision in power struggle lawsuit – WRAL
Campus free speech bill heads to governor – Bladen Journal
Rewrite of North Carolina Criminal Gang Laws Heads to Cooper – U.S. News
Rylan’s Law to require more oversight in child custody cases – N&O
Sunset Beach de-annexation proceeds in Raleigh – Brunswick Beacon
Amendment passed to keep Goldsboro veteran’s cemetery open – WNCN
Bill to ease billboard regulations fails in N Carolina House – WLOS
Coyote hunting program incentivizes population control – WCNC
NC conservative PAC apologizes for lewd tweets – N&O
How will Joel Ford’s vote for the Republican budget play in a Democratic primary? – Charlotte Observer
NC Municipal Growth, 2016 Annual Update – Carolina Demography

In Other News

Last call: 'Brunch bill' heads to Cooper's desk – WRAL
Placing tax break claims in context – Carolina Journal
Brock will resign from N.C. Senate to take new position – Salisbury Post
Lawmakers expand gambling, hunting in final hours of session – WRAL
Appeals court rejects challenge to gay marriage-recusal law – AP
NC legislators side with employers, shift burden to injured workers – N&O
House: Marshall impeachment probe will have to wait –WRAL

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