After several busy weeks preparing the budget and handling the last of the bills that needed to pass before our crossover deadline, this holiday-shortened week offered lawmakers in the House an opportunity to slow down. Our Senate colleagues finished work on their version of the budget Thursday. The next step will be for negotiators in the House and the Senate to reconcile the differences between the proposals and then send a compromise bill to the governor for his signature. In the House, we approved bills that would strengthen ethics laws, require closer scrutiny of state programs, and stiffen the penalties for killing police animals or assistance animals, among other issues.
Please remember that you can listen to each day's session, committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly's website at www.ncleg.net. Once on the site, select "audio," and then make your selection - House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room.