This week, lawmakers voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget. The state budget is now law. The legislature passed a flurry of other bills late into Thursday night before adjourning early Friday morning. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Raleigh for two special sessions during the interim.
The MVA Monitor will be distributed regularly throughout the interim to keep you informed on North Carolina legislative and economic issues.
State and Legislative Issues
The state budget became law Wednesday as the House of Representatives voted 76-43 to override the Governor’s veto of the proposed spending bill. The Senate voted earlier this week in favor of overriding the veto. The budget takes effect July 1.
After a long week in which the General Assembly acted on hundreds of bills, legislators adjourned the 2017 Regular Session in the early morning hours on Friday. Highlights of the final week of session included an override of the Governor’s veto of the budget, enactment of the “brunch bill” which allows cities and counties to authorize earlier sales of alcohol on Sundays, enhancements to the state’s laws against human trafficking, appointments to various state boards and commissions, and introduction of a resolution authorizing the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment investigation of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Lawmakers will come back for two special sessions on August 3 and September 6. When they reconvene in August they can address a variety of topics including overriding vetoes, appointments and bills currently in conference between the two chambers. Lawsuits and redistricting are also on the table for the special sessions.