Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

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...

Gov vetoes North Carolina bill limiting K-12 racial teaching

Sep. 10, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills on Friday that would have limited how public school teachers can discuss certain racial concepts and raised penalties on those who engage in violent protests. The vetoed education bill was...

September redistricting hearings held for NC maps input

Sep. 08, 2021 05:02 AM EDT

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are going outside Raleigh to hear from residents about how General Assembly and congressional districts should be redrawn for the next decade. The House and Senate scheduled over a dozen public hearings for September, with...

Late NC budget to take longer as GOP, Cooper seek consensus

Sep. 03, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is two months late on finalizing a two-year budget, even as the state expects to take in billions of dollars more than it had earlier forecast. Getting the state government's spending plan enacted depends first...

Bill tells NC hospitals to let in clergy during emergency

Sep. 01, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hospitals would be required to let a pastor or other clergy member visit a patient even during a declared emergency like a pandemic under legislation that received final General Assembly approval on Wednesday. ...

NC prep sports group must change in bill OK'd by Senate

Sep. 01, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The organization governing North Carolina high school sports would have to accept financial and administrative changes if it wants to continue in the role under legislation tentatively approved Wednesday by the state Senate. The measure essentially...

Bill to curb racial teaching goes to North Carolina governor

Sep. 01, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans sent a bill Wednesday to the state's Democratic governor that would limit how teachers can discuss certain racial concepts in the classroom. The measure aims to prohibit teachers from compelling their students to...