Aug 14

One-Day Session 
Yesterday, the North Carolina General Assembly came back for a one day session that was originally thought to take up veto override votes. There were votes taken and bills passed, but no vetoed bills were considered for override. 
 
So what did happen? Yesterday morning, when the House first gaveled into session, there were only 78 members of the House to show up, meaning that there were enough members to meet and move other bills through the process, but not do override votes. Ironically, there were a large number of legislators to arrive late that would’ve allowed the General Assembly to proceed with said votes. It was decided, however, that since the press had been told once that there would be no votes, the leadership decided to proceed with left-over business from the earlier session.
 
Here is a summary of the bills that were taken up today:
Bill Number
Short Title
Votes
Amend Administrative Procedure Laws
House did not vote
Senate 28-10
Amend Environmental Laws
House 74-34
Senate 30-10
Adjourn August Reconvened Session
House 107-0
Senate 34-0
Business Regulatory Reform Act of 2017
House 79-29
Senate 30-10
Employee Misclassification/Industrial Commission Changes
House 102-0
Senate 30-7
Clarify Cleveland Board of Education Election
House 106-0
Senate 38-2
Various Changes to Revenue Laws
House 107-0
Senate 38-0
2017 Appointments Bill Modifications
House 104-0
Senate 42-0
 
I want to direct your attention to House Joint Resolution 926, so that you have a sense of what is to come. Rather than convening another session on September 6th, as originally planned, the
General Assembly will convene on August 18th. What will happen on the 18th is a “skeleton session”--- meaning no votes, and only a few members will need to be present to handle administrative matters. Recorded voted will take place on August 24th at the earliest.
 
As you will note in Section 2.2 of the resolution, only the following matters may be considered:
 
(1) Bills:
          a. Revising the judicial divisions of the State, the superior court districts, the district court districts, and the prosecutorial districts and the apportionment of judges and district attorneys among those districts and containing no other matter.
          b. Revising districts for cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the State and the apportionment of elected officials among those districts and containing no other matter.
          c. Revising the Senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts and containing no other matter.
          d. Revising the Representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives among those districts and containing no other matter.
 
(2) Bills:
 
           a. Proposing an amendment or amendments to the North Carolina Constitution and           containing no other matter.
            b. Proposing an amendment or amendments to the North Carolina Constitution and containing no other matter other than statutory conforming changes to implement such bills.
            c. Solely making statutory and transitional changes to implement bills under sub-subdivision a. of this subdivision.
(3) Bills returned by the Governor with his objections under Section 22 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution, but solely for the purpose of considering overriding of the veto upon reconsideration of the bill.
(4) Bills providing for the selection, appointment, or confirmation as required by law, including the filling of vacancies of positions for which the appointees were elected by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
(5) Bills providing for action on gubernatorial nominations or appointments.
(6) Bills providing for impeachment pursuant to Article IV of the North Carolina Constitution or Chapter 123 of the General Statutes.
(7) Bills responding to actions related to litigation concerning the districts for Congressional, State House, State Senate, judicial, municipal, county, and other elected officials' actions and any other litigation challenging the legality of legislative enactments.
(8) A joint resolution further adjourning the 2017 Regular Session or amending a joint resolution adjourning the 2017 Regular Session to a date certain.
(9) A joint resolution further adjourning the 2017 Regular Session or amending a joint resolution adjourning the 2017 Regular Session to a date certain that is no later than November 15, 2017, for the purpose of considering bills:
 
a.    Revising the Senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts and containing no other matter.
b.    Revising the Representative districts and the apportionment of Representatives among        those districts and containing no other matter.
c.    Revising the judicial divisions of the State, the superior court districts, the district court districts, and the prosecutorial districts and the apportionment of judges and district attorneys among those districts and containing no other matter.
(10) Bills returned on or after Wednesday, June 28, 2017, to the house in which the bill originated for concurrence.
(11) Adoption of conference reports for bills which were in conference on or after Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and conferees had been appointed by both houses on or after that date.
(12) Bills relating to election laws.
 

 

 

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