Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

Incoming NC House member says he was at January Capitol riot

Oct. 22, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The soon-to-be successor to a North Carolina House member who died this month said on Friday he was outside the U.S. Capitol in January when the insurrection there occurred. Donnie Loftis, who was chosen by Gaston County Republican activists this...

Former Gaston County commissioner to serve in NC House

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The ex-chairman of a local hospital board who resigned his position last year when his social media postings early during the COVID-19 pandemic got public attention will serve out the term of a North Carolina legislator who died. Gaston County...

NC speaker: Medicaid expansion not in latest budget offer

Oct. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest budget offer that North Carolina Republicans sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn't expand Medicaid broadly as Cooper seeks, but it does sweeten a previous proposal on worker pay raises, a top GOP legislator says. House Speaker Tim...

Redistricting options from NC senators released to public

Oct. 20, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of mapmaking in open meeting rooms, North Carolina senators have presented some proposals to the public on how they might redraw congressional or state Senate district lines for the next decade. The Senate Redistricting Committee...

GOP bill on NC governor's emergency powers heads to his desk

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina Republicans to check the governor's broad powers during a pandemic or other emergency cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday. As with a similar measure last year, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto is likely. The...

Cooper receives NC energy bill that gets final legislator OK

Oct. 07, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A landmark energy measure for North Carolina that aims to dramatically reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions received final legislative approval Thursday, despite lingering concerns by some that customers aren't helped sufficiently with higher electricity bills. ...

2019 vetoed bill over NC jurors and voting back up in House

Oct. 06, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — House Republicans resurrected a proposal Wednesday to keep more non-U.S. citizens off North Carolina’s voter rolls through juror information -- a plan they say would help curb voter fraud but critics contend could lead to voter intimidation. The...

NC greenhouse gas bill nears final approval with Senate vote

Oct. 06, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An energy bill negotiated by legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper that aims in part to meet the governor's greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for North Carolina received decisive Senate approval on Wednesday. The measure,...

Another NC health care visitation measure headed to governor

Oct. 06, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hospitals, nursing homes and adult care and hospice care facilities in North Carolina would be required to allow patient visits in a measure given final legislative approval on Wednesday. The bill is the result of constituent complaints last year...

Negotiated energy bill advancing through NC Senate

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan energy bill backed by Gov. Roy Cooper that targets scaling back greenhouse gas emissions and gives Duke Energy the option to seek rate increases advanced in the North Carolina legislature on Tuesday. The measure, unveiled late last...