Friday, May 19, 2006
Greetings From Raleigh 5-19-06
This second week of the session has been busy on numerous fronts. House members continued to work on legislation to bring more openness and transparency to our state government by reforming and strengthening our state’s ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws. Members of the House Appropriations Committee continued working on the state budget as senators worked to finalize their spending plan, possibly next week. We drafted and introduced new legislation on topics including the lottery, increasing the minimum wage, increasing competition among cable providers, economic development programs, health care and the state’s nursing shortage, and many others. I have also introduced legislation that will provide funding to a number of local efforts, as well as several bills relating to the environment and public health.