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Apr 25

Senate Passes Bill to Provide Free Public Access to Legal Notices, Increase Teacher Pay Supplements

The N.C. Senate passed legislation Tuesday to increase access to public and legal notices by providing local governments an option to make those notices free to view on their own websites instead of requiring citizens to purchase newspapers to view them. The increased efficiency of allowing city and county governments to post their own notices […]

Apr 24

Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto, Reaffirms Support for Bipartisan Ethics, Elections

The North Carolina Senate on Monday voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s politically-motivated veto of Senate Bill 68, which creates a bipartisan ethics and elections enforcement board with eight appointments, all made by the governor, evenly split between the two major political parties in the state. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) issued the […]

Aug 23

BERGER WELCOMES SEN. CHUCK EDWARDS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Tuesday following Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointment of Chuck Edwards to the North Carolina Senate. “Chuck Edwards is an embodiment of how hard work and perseverance pays off.  He started working at McDonald’s while in high school, learned the business from the ground up and […]

Jun 27

SENATE PROVIDES EXTRA INCENTIVE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW FEDERAL, STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS

The North Carolina Senate tentatively passed legislation Monday to create a deterrent for local governments that continue to act as ‘sanctuary cities’ by ignoring federal and state laws against illegal immigration. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law to prevent counties and cities from enacting ordinances that violate or fail to enforce federal immigration […]

May 25

AVERAGE TEACHER PAY SURGES TO NEARLY $55,000 IN SENATE PLAN

North Carolina teachers will see their average pay surge to nearly $55,000 for the first time in state history under a plan announced by Senate Republicans Wednesday. If the proposal becomes law, average teacher pay will be up almost $10,000 – more than 20 percent – since the 2013-14 school year. According to the most […]

May 17

Senate Passes Bill to Help Combat Prescription Drug, Heroin Overdoses

A bill passed unanimously in the North Carolina Senate Tuesday would help prevent overdose deaths caused by heroin and some prescription narcotics, by making a medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose more easily accessible at pharmacies statewide. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Louis Pate (R-Wayne), Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford) and Tommy Tucker (R-Union) […]

May 11

Access to Affordable College Education Act Filed in Senate

A bill filed in the Senate Tuesday would make college far more affordable and accessible to students all across North Carolina. The state Constitution requires the benefits of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system be extended to the people of the state as free of expense as possible. But the total cost of undergraduate […]

May 10

Bill Filed to Create Penalties for Local Governments that Willingly Violate the Law, Harbor Illegal Aliens

A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate Tuesday would create penalties for local governments that continue to act as ‘sanctuary cities’ by ignoring federal and state laws against illegal immigration. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law to prevent counties and cities from enacting ordinances that violate or fail to enforce federal immigration […]

May 4

Senate, House Agree to $22.225 Billion Budget Spending Level

Legislative leaders announced Wednesday they have reached agreement on a $22.225 billion spending level for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 state budget. In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will pass budget proposals that limit spending to $22.225 billion, which represents a prudent 2.26 percent spending increase over last year’s budget. Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) […]

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