North Carolina

States Delaying Payment of Income Tax Refunds | 03-31-2017

A lot of taxpayers are going to be waiting longer than usual for their state tax refunds this year. At least 21 states, including Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina and Wisconsin, say refunds could be delayed...

I Believe This Is Called Karma | 03-17-2017

Depending on where you stand yourself, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is either a hero or a villain for sticking to his guns on HB 2, the Tar Heel State’s controversial “bathroom bill” that barred transgender folks from using...

Governors In Brief - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

Martinez Vetoes Slew of Bipartisan NM Bills NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez (R) surprised lawmakers in both parties last week by vetoing without explanation at least nine Senate-sponsored bills, most of which had wide bipartisan support. The vetoes...

Dams With ‘High Hazard Potential’ Scattered Across U.S. | 03-17-2017

As of 2015, 1,235 of North Carolina’s dams were classified as “high hazard potential” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the highest number in the nation. Texas had 1,212 dams with that same hazard potential, meaning that a...

Cooper Proposes NC HB 2 Compromise | 02-17-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) proposed what he called “a common sense” compromise to his standoff with lawmakers over the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” which requires transgender people to use restrooms in public...

Cooper Says NC HB 2 Repeal Urgent | 02-10-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) called on Tar Heel State lawmakers to quickly repeal 2016’s controversial “bathroom bill” or risk losing over 130 NCAA championship events over the next six years. The measure bars local municipalities...

Cooper Seeks Longshot NC Medicaid Expansion: | 01-13-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) notified federal officials of his intention to expand Medicaid in the Tar Heel State, setting up a potential legal battle with the GOP-dominated General Assembly. Republicans contend that a 2013 state law specifically...

Cooper Threatens Suit over GOP Power Grab | 12-16-2016

North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper (D) threatened to sue the GOP-dominated Tar Heel State Legislature last week over the Republicans’ move to limit gubernatorial powers before he takes office. Cooper was reacting to legislation proposed in a surprise...

Good Luck with That | 12-09-2016

Newly-minted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper campaigned in part on repealing the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. But while a strong majority...

GOP Gains More Governorships | 11-11-2016

In another huge electoral night for Republicans, the GOP picked up three additional governorships, with at least one more race too close to call. The party gained the chief executive office in three states previously held by Democrats – Vermont...

Only The Usual Disruptions On Election Day | 11-11-2016

Election Day didn’t come off entirely without a hitch last week. Among the more consequential occurrences was the breakdown of a computerized voter registration system in some precincts of Durham County, North Carolina, causing long lines in some...

McCrory Prepares for Recount Battle in NC | 11-11-2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) filed paperwork last Thursday to establish a legal defense fund in preparation for an expected legal battle over Tuesday’s election. Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper, who now holds a slight lead...

Politics In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

VA Voter Registration System Slowed to Crawl by ‘Unprecedented Activity’ VIRGINIA’s online voter registration system slowed down last Monday - the last day to register to vote in time for the Nov. 8 election - to the point of being...

Budgets In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

NV Approves Raiders’ Stadium Deal NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed legislation passed in special session ( SB 1 a ) that will increase the hotel room tax in Clark County to help fund a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas. The...

Budgets In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Changes Coming to NC Lottery Lottery officials and state lawmakers in NORTH CAROLINA said last week they are considering changes including making reselling tickets a crime. The news comes after an investigation by The Charlotte Observer revealed that...

Some Lottery Winners Too Lucky In NC | 10-07-2016

The North Carolina Education Lottery took in a record $2.4 billion last year. But it’s not the state’s only big lottery winner. According to lottery records Ricky Vanzant of Lexington purchased 46 winning scratch-off tickets between 2008 and...

Public Access To Police Body Cam Footage Hot Issue In States | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one states have passed laws governing public access to police body camera footage, according to CNN and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. A few of those measures, including North Carolina HB 972 , were signed into law in the last...

Governors In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

WV Gov Unveils Suicide Prevention Plan WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) unveiled a plan designed to reduce the number of suicides by military veterans. Dubbed the Mountain State 22 Program – a reference to the number of veterans believed...

New Voting Restrictions In Place For November Election | 09-09-2016

New voting restrictions, including strict voter ID requirements and scaled back early voting periods, are set to be in effect for the first time in a presidential election this year in 15 states. In another five states restrictions will be in effect for...

Voting Restrictions Running Out Of Steam In States? | 09-09-2016

New voting restrictions will be in effect in 15 states for the first time in a presidential election this year. But courts have blocked or loosened such restrictions in a few states. And legislative activity aimed at expanding voter access is outpacing...

Supreme Court Refuses To Reinstate NC Voting Law | 09-02-2016

In a 4-4 decision last month a still shorthanded U.S. Supreme Court refused to suspend a lower court ruling in July striking down several parts of an election law passed by North Carolina’s GOP-controlled Legislature in 2013 on the grounds that...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Tough Day For GOP-Backed Voter Restrictions | 08-05-2016

Local and federal courts struck down Republican-backed voter restrictions in three states in a single day last month. A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a North Carolina law restricting the number of acceptable forms...

HB 2 Repercussions Dog NC Gov. McCrory | 07-29-2016

The NBA followed through on a threat to move its 2017 All Star Game out of North Carolina, announcing last month it would relocate the game from its originally planned site in Charlotte. That change is likely to cost the city and state an estimated $100...

Social Policy - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Social Policy in Alaska The ALASKA Supreme Court overturns a Last Frontier State law that required doctors to give parents two days’ notice before performing an abortion on a minor girl. The court said the law violated the state constitution...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Business - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

Business In CT The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court rules that state regulators can limit what tow truck operators charge motorists when police summon them to clear highway accidents. The ruling came in two cases where tow operators claimed the state could...

Crime & Punishment - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NC Gov Signs HB 972 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 972 , which says footage from police body and dash cameras is not public record. Peripherally, the measure also allows government and private organizations to operate programs allowing...

Governors In Brief - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NH Gov Bans Gender Discrimination NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) issued EO 2016-04, which bars discrimination against transgender workers in state government. The policy covers state government employment, administration of state programs, and...

Education - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NC Gov Signs HB 242 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 242 , which would allow low performing elementary schools to be placed in a new, charter-operated district pilot program called Achievement School Districts. Under the law the ASD superintendent...

Social Policy - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

MA Endorses SB 2407 A MASSACHUSETTS joint House-Senate committee endorses SB 2407 , a bill that would bar discrimination against transgender people in places of public accommodation and allow them to use the restroom or locker room facilities that...

Texas Abortion Ruling Reverberates In Other States | 07-01-2016

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a 2013 Texas law requiring doctors and clinics that perform abortions to meet hospital-like standards resulted in the almost immediate effective invalidation of similar laws facing legal challenge...

Health & Science - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

NC Gov Signs SB 734 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs SB 734 , which will allow Tar Heel State residents to obtain the anti-overdose drug naloxone without a prescription. The law takes effect immediately (CHARLOTTE NEWS & OBSERVER). ...

Budgets In Brief - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

Constitutional Income Tax Cap Advances in NC NORTH CAROLINA’s Senate Finance Committee advanced a proposed constitutional amendment ( SB 817 ) last week that would cap state income taxes at 5.5 percent. If approved by the General Assembly the...

Pro-, Anti-LGBT Bills Put GOP Govs on the Spot | 06-03-2016

Some people might have presumed the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage would have settled or at least diminished the nation’s long culture war over civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It did...

Health & Science - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

NC Approves SB 734 The NORTH CAROLINA Senate approves SB 734 , which allows the state’s Health Director to issue a statewide standing order making the anti-overdose drug Naloxone and other “opiod antagonists” available in drug stores...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Governors In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Markell Announces DE Technology Effort Saying “Our aim has always been, under corporate law, to harness the benefits of new technologies while limiting the risk for businesses,” DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) announced a state initiative...

NC Voter ID Law Upheld | 04-29-2016

A federal judge has upheld a North Carolina voter ID law passed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder allowing states like North Carolina with a history of discrimination to make changes to their voting laws without...

Amid Backlash, McCrory Softens LGBT Law | 04-15-2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) issued an executive order last week intended to mitigate growing national backlash to legislation he signed last month that critics contend discriminates against the LGBT community. The bill came in response to...

Governors In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Cuomo Says No-Go to NC NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order last week (EO No. 155) that bars state employees from any state-sponsored non-essential travel to NORTH CAROLINA . The order came after the Tar Heel State adopted legislation...

Social Policy - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Social Policy In GA GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoes HB 757, which would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief” and preserve their right to fire employees...

Southeastern Govs Angry Over Oil Drilling Reversal | 03-18-2016

A quartet of southeastern governors expressed frustration last week over the Obama administration abandoning its announced plans to open up oil drilling in the waters off their coasts. All four – Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Republicans...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Injury to Insult | 02-12-2016

Well, not really. But it could easily have turned out much worse for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory than it did when the car he and his security folks were traveling in got rear ended as he was leaving the Super Bowl. As the Charlotte Observer reports...

Politics In Brief - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

NC Voter ID Trial Over Attorneys on both sides of the federal court case over NORTH CAROLINA’s 2013 voter ID law that began last month presented closing arguments last week. It isn’t clear when U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder will...

New NC Voter ID Trial Begins | 01-29-2016

North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law returned to federal court last week in a case that could have ramifications across the country. The law - passed by the state’s GOP-led General Assembly six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court, in Shelby County...