Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

NC remap won't necessarily produce Democratic majorities

Sep. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's newly redrawn legislative districts are skewed less toward Republicans than the current plans, which judges rejected for political bias, but they wouldn't necessarily guarantee Democratic majorities in 2020, redistricting experts say. The new state House and Senate...

North Carolina lawmakers taking another break from Raleigh

Sep. 18, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are taking more time away from Raleigh during a General Assembly session extended because of a state budget stalemate and redistricting directive from the courts. House and Senate Republican leaders told colleagues this week there won't be any recorded votes...

North Carolina state Rep. Speciale won't seek reelection

Sep. 18, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A conservative legislator says he won't seek another two-year term in the North Carolina House in 2020. Republican Rep. Michael Speciale of New Bern first joined the House in 2013 after a Marine Corps career and previous unsuccessful bids for the legislature. In a Wednesday release...

Medicaid expansion plan for North Carolina revived in House

Sep. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican proposal to expand Medicaid in North Carolina advanced again on Wednesday with bipartisan support in the state House. But it's unclear whether reviving the idea will erode strong opposition from the Senate's GOP majority. The expansion measure approved by the House Health...

North Carolina legislative remap complete; court review next

Sep. 17, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly on Tuesday finished redrawing dozens of North Carolina legislative districts that a court declared were designed with extreme partisan bias favoring Republicans. The House voted for the Senate remap and the Senate approved the House proposal . Tuesday's discussions...

North Carolina legislators finalize more 'mini-budget' bills

Sep. 17, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina budget veto has slowed state government for months, so lawmakers have sent Gov. Roy Cooper more stand-alone legislation containing popular provisions from that spending plan. Cooper now has four spending bills on his desk that address school and prison safety, disaster...

Despite critiques, NC legislature on pace to remap on time

Sep. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Facing a deadline this week, the North Carolina legislature stayed on track to enact replacement districts for dozens of its seats on time, even as citizens critiqued the maps in a public meeting. Showing bipartisan support, the full Senate voted 38-9 on Monday evening for new chamber...

The Latest: North Carolina Senate approves replacement map

Sep. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina legislature debating new House and Senate maps (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The North Carolina state Senate has agreed to a new map of nearly half of its electoral districts to comply with a state court order that declared current boundaries partisan...

NC House speaker says Medicaid expansion bill to move again

Sep. 11, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican version of a proposal to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional working adults in North Carolina will get another look in the state House now that the chamber has voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto. Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday...

Democrats cry 'cowardice' as GOP overrides NC budget veto

Sep. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in control of a nearly half-empty North Carolina House chamber on Wednesday held an unexpected vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget bill, prompting accusations of trickery and deception from Cooper and fellow Democrats. Republican leaders had spent...