Latest North Carolina state government News

NC hemp industry gets reprieve, as legislation gets final OK

Jun. 29, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s hemp industry appears to have avoided a shutdown, as the General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation that would make its products permanently exempt from the state’s controlled substances law. The Senate voted 41-2 for...

Health, public safety secretaries confirmed by NC Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's most recent Cabinet replacements were confirmed unanimously by the state Senate on Wednesday. The chamber voted separately to confirm Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley — the first openly gay...

Republicans pitch taking gov's power from NC education board

Jun. 29, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pushed Wednesday for a constitutional amendment that would have voters elect members of the State Board of Education from each congressional district, a move that would erode dramatically the governor’s appointment authority to the panel. ...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 29, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News & Observer. June 21, 2022. Editorial: Jan. 6 hearings show the threat to election workers. NC bill would confront that Donald Trump’s slogan for 2016 and 2020 – Make America Great Again – has changed as he weighs running again...

Bill forcing NC sheriffs to aid immigration agents revived

Jun. 28, 2022 22:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by Republican lawmakers to force North Carolina’s sheriffs to learn the immigration status of their jails' inmates and assist federal agents who want to detain them resurfaced at the General Assembly on Tuesday, more than a year after the legislation passed...

NC GOP unveils budget; House backs Medicaid expansion path

Jun. 28, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled state budget adjustments for the coming year, proposing to spend or set aside billions in expected extra tax collections to raise worker pay, recruit companies, build more infrastructure and combat inflation. ...

North Carolina bill seeks new openness from Council of State

Jun. 28, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 10-member panel led by Gov. Roy Cooper with other statewide elected officials usually meets monthly to sign off on such mundane government matters as state land purchases, bond sales and repairs of state buildings. But the Council of State gained more...

Officials: NC budget deal reached between House, Senate

Jun. 27, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on adjustments to the second year of the two-year state government budget approved last fall, officials said Monday. House Speaker Tim Moore and Lauren Horsch, a spokesperson for Senate...

NC legislators want 20-week abortion ban to be restored

Jun. 24, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders asked Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein on Friday to act so a state law banning nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be enforced in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning abortion protections. ...

New Medicaid expansion pitch surfaces in N. Carolina House

Jun. 23, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pitched a plan Thursday that could authorize expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults, which their leader argued would bring more certainty to ensuring rural hospitals and substance abusers get help. ...