Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

Bill earmarks $300M more COVID-19 funds for N.C. government

Jun. 3, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators want to make available another $300 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to Gov. Roy Cooper's administration to cover additional government expenses incurred due to the virus. The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday for the measure, which would raise the...

N.C. ballot access bill clears Senate panel with changes

Jun. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Consensus legislation designed to help North Carolina voters with worries about COVID-19 gain access to absentee ballots this fall received a few changes on Tuesday and then cleared a state Senate panel. The Senate elections committee approved the measure, which retained all of the...

N.C. ballot access rule changes for pandemic OK'd by House

May. 28, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Temporary and permanent changes to mail-in absentee ballot rules in North Carolina and funds to improve safety at in-person voting sites this year during the COVID-19 pandemic received overwhelming approval Thursday by the state House. The measure, hammered out by members of both...

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. legislature OKs bill overturning Cooper order on bars

May. 28, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators voted on Thursday to essentially overturn Gov. Roy Cooper's order keeping bars closed due to COVID-19, deciding that serving customers outside for an economic punch was worth any additional risk of congregating. The legislation, approved by the...

Bill seeks easier N.C. ballot access in fall during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges. The measure that cleared two House committees on...

N.C. bond packages resurface after veto crumbled cash plan

May. 27, 2020 2:43 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Borrowing money to pay for North Carolina university and school buildings, roads and other projects is getting attention again at the General Assembly after a pay-as-you-go construction expansion plan crumbled last year beneath a veto. Republican House Speaker Tim Moore and other...

Bars could serve outdoors in bill clearing N.C. Senate panel

May. 26, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina bars — their doors still shuttered by executive order — could serve patrons outdoors during the pandemic in legislation that cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday. One approved measure attempts to increase the customer base for restaurants and breweries...

N. Carolina senators pledge bipartisan fiscal reforms at DOT

May. 20, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican senators on Wednesday pledged bipartisan fiscal management reforms within Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s transportation agency following a recent audit that found it overspent by $740 million last year. State Auditor Beth Wood's performance review of...

N. Carolina Senate Republicans unveil must-haves in downturn

May. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Senate Republicans unveiled spending priorities on Tuesday for the coming fiscal year, labeling what they consider their must-haves despite plummeting revenues due to the COVID-19 economic downturn. The chamber’s three leading budget-writers filed nearly 20...

About 10 representatives were present during a short House session at the Legislative building in Raleigh Monday, May 18, 2020. Due to falling tax revenues spurred on by the coronavirus shutdown, state lawmakers expect to cut billions of dollars from the state budget.  (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

Legislators worried about shortfalls as N.C. session resumes

May. 18, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature resumed its annual session on Monday after a two-week break prompted by COVID-19, with lawmakers returning in part to address a state economy and government revenue socked by the pandemic. The House and Senate held sparsely attended floor meetings before...