Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

Cooper: I'll seek public school spending surge in NC budget

Sep. 28, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Soon entering the critical phase of North Carolina's budget talks, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he would aim to get Republican lawmakers to fund public education improvements a judge says the state must start implementing. Addressing a...

N. Carolina officials: Prep sports governing deal reached

Sep. 23, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would lead to new controls upon the nonprofit body governing North Carolina high school sports has been agreed to in principle, state officials said Thursday. But there's still uncertainty, as all the details haven't been worked out. ...

NC House leader: Chamber committed to records bill agreement

Sep. 23, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House is committed to trying to work with the Senate to approve legislation that would make more work histories of government employees available to the public, Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. Senate Republicans have taken...

NC Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive

Sep. 22, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans have used another parliamentary maneuver to try to get legislation to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk that would increase public access to the personnel history of government employees. The Senate voted Wednesday...

Late NC political giant Basnight remembered by ex-colleagues

Sep. 21, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former colleagues of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight gathered Tuesday to remember his lasting contributions to North Carolina and to view a portrait of the Outer Banks Democrat that will hang in the chamber. Gov. Roy Cooper, former Lt. Gov....

North Carolina Sen. Clark won't seek reelection next year

Sep. 21, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic state Sen. Ben Clark won't seek reelection next year, saying that serving a decade is “probably enough time” in the legislature. Clark, who represents all of Hoke County and part of Cumberland County, said he'll finish...

Veteran Democratic state lawmaker Insko won't run again

Sep. 15, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Rep. Verla Insko, the longest-serving House Democrat currently in the chamber, announced on Wednesday she won't seek reelection next year. Insko joined the state House in 1997 and became a consistent, liberal voice on expanding...

NC House speaker: Budget, new maps are goals for October

Sep. 15, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are aiming to finalize a North Carolina state government budget and complete redistricting by the end of October, House Speaker Tim Moore said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after a House floor session, Moore...

Angry over 2020 ballot deal, NC Republicans vote to limit AG

Sep. 15, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The flap over absentee ballots in North Carolina's 2020 election resurfaced Wednesday at the General Assembly as Republicans gave final approval to legislation that would limit Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein's ability to enter future legal settlements. ...

Worker advocates seek more NC aid as federal benefits expire

Sep. 13, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployed need higher and longer jobless benefits from the state more than ever now that additional federal benefits created during the COVID-19 pandemic expired this month, advocates for workers and the poor said Monday. Several...