North Carolina Legislative Week in Review

May 21, 2010

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North Carolina Legislative Week in Review

The General Assembly’s 2010 budget proposal moved once step closer to completion this week as the Senate voted 30-16 on Thursday night to approve its version of the annual spending measure. The bill, which would create a $19 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, will move to the House next week. House leaders plan to convene a public hearing before proceeding with committee hearings and debates that will likely consume much of the next two weeks. The public hearing will take place on Monday, May 24th at 7 p.m. at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

While the Senate’s budget activities were the center of attention, other measures addressed by the General Assembly included charter school creation and a bill that would let the children of employees, teachers and retirees stay on their parents’ insurance from the State Health Plan until they turn 26. In addition, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight revealed his intention to introduce a bond package to support the improvement and expansion of engineering schools at the state’s public universities.
2010 House/Senate Deadlines
  • The deadline for bills recommended by study commissions passed on Wednesday, May 19.
  • Bills affecting the 2010-2011 budget must be filed by Tuesday, May 25.
  • Local bills and bills affecting state or local pensions or retirement systems must be filed by Wednesday, May 26.
  • Appointments, Constitutional amendments, resolutions honoring deceased persons, resolutions authorizing other bills, bills disapproving of administrative rules and adjournment resolutions are eligible to be filed in 2010 but have no filing deadline.