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.
House and Senate negotiators last week settled on increased budget ceilings for the next two years, but exact numbers by department have yet to be spelled out.
The House and Senate continue to address flood prevention and resilience in this year’s session of North Carolina General Assembly.
After an hourlong debate, the Senate voted 26-20 along party lines Thursday to reject the nomination of Dionne Delli-Gatti to lead the Department of Environmental Quality.
Senate Republicans said Wednesday they won’t confirm Dionne Delli-Gatti as the first woman to lead the state Department of Environmental Quality, a move Democrats say has nothing to do with qualifications.
A House environment committee was to review flood resilience and mitigation legislation Tuesday and budget committees are set to begin meeting Wednesday.
The state House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill restricting the use of firefighting foam containing poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
This year’s farm bill includes a provision creating a general permit for animal operations to build and operate farm digester systems for capturing methane for energy.
Congressman Greg Murphy says he supports efforts by state legislators and others that could allow long-debated jetties to be built at Oregon Inlet.