Latest Phil Berger News

North Carolina lawmakers back to work for 2023, filing bills

Jan. 25, 2023 18:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh on Wednesday after its usual two-week January break and turned to the business of legislating — filing bills on several topics familiar to veteran lawmakers. The House and Senate held midday floor...

Leftover issues aplenty expected in North Carolina session

Jan. 24, 2023 18:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislative ledger gets cleared every two years when the next set of 170 lawmakers are sworn in. The General Assembly starts from scratch filing and advancing bills. But the legislative session that begins in earnest Wednesday should be chock...

Larger GOP majorities seek impact at N. Carolina Statehouse

Jan. 11, 2023 20:41 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly opened its two-year legislative session Wednesday with Republicans on the cusp of veto-proof control that will force Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to thread parliamentary needle s to block abortion restrictions and other culture war issues...

N. Carolina Sen. Lee new budget chairman in upcoming session

Jan. 10, 2023 21:24 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Veteran state Sen. Michael Lee of New Hanover County has been elevated to one of the chief Senate budget-writing positions for the next two years, presumptive Senate leader Phil Berger announced on Tuesday. Lee will join fellow Republican Sens. Brent Jackson...

Suit challenging several N. Carolina abortion laws withdrawn

Dec. 27, 2022 14:07 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina abortion provider, medical professionals and an abortion-rights group have withdrawn their 2020 lawsuit challenging several state laws restricting and regulating the procedure. The voluntary dismissal document, filed in Wake County Superior...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Dec. 21, 2022 16:37 PM EST

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News and Observer. December 17, 2022. Editorial: An important — but likely fleeting — NC Supreme Court victory on voting rights North Carolina’s electoral landscape was shifted in yet another redistricting ruling Friday. It’s the...

N. Carolina voter ID still void after Supreme Court ruling

Dec. 16, 2022 15:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 2018 law requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina remains invalidated after a narrow majority on the state Supreme Court agreed Friday with a lower court decision that struck it down. In a 4-3 decision, the court’s Democratic justices said...

NC governor has little wiggle room with legislature in 2023

Dec. 14, 2022 17:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper described on Wednesday jobs announcements, an emerging clean energy sector and his ability to block “culture-war, business-killing” laws on social issues from the General Assembly among his administration's accomplishments during...

NC legislators back review to harden power infrastructure

Dec. 13, 2022 17:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top legislative leaders said Tuesday that the General Assembly will review what can be done to protect the state's power transmission system following the Duke Energy substation shooting attacks this month that put Moore County in the dark for days. ...

NC Sen. Newton new majority leader; Berger gets nod again

Nov. 28, 2022 22:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incoming and returning Republicans to the North Carolina Senate chose on Monday a key lawmaker on tax, voting and energy issues to become the chamber's majority leader for the next two years. The Senate Republican Caucus, meeting privately, elected Sen. Paul...