Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

N.C. Republicans push bill to limit teaching of race, racism

May. 11, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are quickly advancing a last-minute proposal that would prevent public schools from promoting several concepts about race and racism. A bill originally seeking to clarify reopening guidance for charter schools was...

Details still getting worked on NC criminal justice reform

May. 11, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An array of groups and elected officials from both major parties put their weight behind criminal justice reforms in North Carolina on Tuesday at a Legislative Building news conference. But some details aren't yet finalized. Speakers emphasized...

Bipartisan bloc in NC House OKs tougher rioting punishments

May. 10, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishment for rioting would become more severe in legislation approved on Monday by the state House in a measure that emerged following mayhem in several North Carolina cities last summer and at the U.S. Capitol in January. Nearly half of the...

House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot

May. 10, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members on Monday approved a plan to curb the governor's ability to mandate COVID-19 vaccines through executive action — a power Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has shown no desire to exercise. The measure put forward by Rep....

NC House OK's bill to prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 10, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House lawmakers unanimously approved on Monday a bill that would prohibit physical restraints being used on pregnant incarcerated women before, during and after they give birth. The proposal also requires women to be provided...

NC bill exempts lawmakers, others from concealed gun limits

May. 10, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elected politicians in North Carolina who hold concealed weapons permits — including General Assembly members — would be allowed to bring their guns into places that are currently prohibited, under legislation a House judiciary committee approved Monday. ...

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

May. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago. But right now...

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

May. 07, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago. But right now...

Appeals judges skeptical about reinstating NC abortion ban

May. 06, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges expressed skepticism on Thursday about reinstating North Carolina's ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, especially after state officials have acknowledged that the prohibition hasn't been enforced. A three-judge panel...

NC House votes to bar abortions based on race, Down syndrome

May. 06, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina abortion providers would be barred from performing the procedure if a woman's decision centered on the unborn child's race or a Down syndrome diagnosis, under legislation approved Thursday by the House. The measure, which passed...