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After a week full of long nights and fast moving legislation, NC GeneralAssembly wrapped up six months of lawmaking today around 2:00 AM. Thelegislature is planning on coming back to Raleigh several times this year,with supplemental sessions planned for August, and September in theadjournment resolution. In the coming weeks, watch for a comprehensivelegislative wrap up and industry spotlights focusing on the major policyinitiatives passed in the long session.
Additional Sessions Called
In addition to naming the date that the General Assembly will reconvene forthe short session, May 16, 2018,SJR 686: Adjournment Resolutionsets two dates for the General Assembly to come back to Raleigh this year.
The General Assembly will first reconvene on August 3, where they areauthorized to consider vetoes issued by Governor Cooper, nominations andappointments, bills responding to litigation concerning statecongressional, legislative, judicial, municipal and county maps, bills thatwere returned to their originating chamber by June 28 for concurrence,bills providing for impeachment and bills that have passed a second floorvote in the receiving chamber but have not been taken up for a thirdreading. Rules Chairman Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) said that this giveslawmakers additional time to handle bills where the chambers are currentlyin disagreement.
The legislature will then recess back on September 6, where the primaryfocus will likely be redrawing the state’s legislative and congressionaldistrict maps, but could also include veto overrides, constitutionalamendment referendums, appointments and impeachment matters. A finaldeadline for court-order legislative redistricting is set for November 15in the resolution.
Late last night, House and Senate leaders appointed members to newredistricting committees that will meet to work on new legislative districtmaps. The Senate Select Committee on Elections will be chaired by Sen.Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) while the House Select Committee on Redistrictingwill be chaired by Rep. Lewis.
To view full membership of the Senate Select Committee on Elections, followthislink.
To view full membership of the House Select Committee on Redistricting,follow thislink.
Awaiting Executive Action
When the General Assembly is in session, the Governor has ten days to signor veto a bill, or it automatically becomes law without his signature buthe has 30 days to take action when the legislature is adjourned. Currently,98 bills are sitting on the Governor’s desk. Here are some of the billsawaiting Gov. Cooper’s action:
To view all of the bills on Gov. Cooper’s desk, follow thislink.
To view all bills that have become law this year, follow thislink.
Failed on the Floor
At times, legislation makes it to the chamber floor only to fail. When thishappens, the content of the bill is no longer eligible for considerationduring that legislative session. The following bills failed on the House orSenate floor:
HB 110: DOT/ DMV Changes – Megaproject Fundingpassed the House with a 65-50 vote, when it made it to the Senate, itfailed on the Senate floor 1-44. Senators argued that a provision that wasadded to the agency bill in the House that would create a Megaproject Fundundermined Strategic Transportation Investments law.
HB 581: Revisions to Outdoor Advertising Lawsfailed its second reading in the House by a vote of 48-67.
HB 616: North Carolina Public Benefit Corporation Actalso failed on the House floor with a vote of 54-60.
Additionally,SB 36: Convention of the States, initially failed a floor vote in the House, but that vote wasreconsidered via a procedural motion and the bill has been re-referred tothe House Committee on Rules.
Additionally, a number of bills filed in the long session failed to meetthe crossover deadline in April and are no longer eligible forconsideration.
Left on the Table
In addition to bills that met the crossover deadline and are eligible forconsideration in the short session, a number of bills remain on the tablefor consideration in the August 3 supplemental session.
There are 13 bills currently in conference committees and thereforeeligible for consideration in August. Conferees may negotiate and prepareconference reports to be adopted in August.
The following bills are currently in conference:
Additionally, any bills that were sent to their originating chamber forconcurrence by Wednesday, and bills that have passed a second floor vote inthe receiving chamber, but have not been taken up for a third reading, areeligible for consideration in August.