Friday, March 02, 2007

Greetings From Raleigh 03-02-07

The pace of work has increased considerably at the General Assembly. Committees are now meeting each day to discuss and consider the first batches of bills for the year. Legislators on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun discussing and going through Governor Mike Easley's budget, which was released late last week.

Legislators introduced bills this week on a wide range of topics, including tax credits for parents, health care benefits for dislocated workers, establishing a mentoring program for new school principals, and phasing out mercury in childhood vaccines.

Legislators will travel to Greenville next Thursday to hold a special joint session at East Carolina University to celebrate and honor the university. March 8, 2007, is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of a law establishing the East Carolina Teachers Training School.

Please remember that you can learn more about the General Assembly by visiting Our newly updated website allows citizens to listen to each day's legislative session, committee meetings, and press conferences, learn more about introduced legislation, and view each day's schedule and list of bills to be voted on.

The House will be back in session on Monday at 7 pm.

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