The three-judge panel said it couldn’t strike down controversial state election districts, but the outcome could be different in expected appeal to N.C. Supreme Court.
Rep. Pat McElraft announced last week that she will not be running for reelection to the North Carolina General Assembly in 2022.
The state budget recently signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper, his first since taking office, provides significant funding for resilience and conservation, but the 1,200-page spending plan also includes provisions that could undermine environmental protections.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed Thursday the $53 billion spending plan, the first biennial state budget since 2017.
“While I am hopeful that the courts will also play overturn this partisan map, and see that a fair map is enacted, I have made the difficult decision that I will not seek reelection.”
Mapmaking for new districts is drawing to a close after a series of hearings and public comment sessions on a variety of proposals for redrawn districts for Congress and the state House and Senate.
The measure would require Duke Energy and other major electricity producers to cut carbon dioxide emissions 70% by 2030, with a goal of zero carbon by 2050.
With House and Senate agreement on a state spending plan, it looks like another drawn-out budget battle with the governor may be avoided.
Amid broad bipartisan agreement on resiliency, flood mitigation and land conservation policy and funding in Raleigh, there are certain terms that still raise suspicion among some in the legislature.
Both chambers plan to spend $25.7 billion this year and $26.7 billion next year, but a House and Senate conference committee are set to begin working through differences large and small.
Two Senate committees have advanced the confirmation of Elizabeth Biser, Gov. Roy Cooper’s appointee for secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality.
The House budget unveiled Thursday includes almost $2 billion for flood prevention, resiliency and stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, but a provision affecting wetlands protection may conflict with those goals.
North Carolina’s Land and Water Fund for conservation and restoration projects is on track for an appropriation at a level not seen in more than a decade.
The North Carolina House has approved measure that would require legislative approval for the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
The state Senate’s two-year spending plan approved last week includes funding for fisheries research, expanding the shellfish lease program and a new loan program for growers, along with a new dedicated fund for Ferry Division capital expenses.
Provisions aimed at stepping up state monitoring of contaminants known as per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances were wrapped into the Senate budget plan released this week.