Capital Tonight Oct. 8: Rev. William Barber

NAACPOn Capital Tonight: NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber joins us to preview the civil rights organization’s state convention this weekend. Lawmakers Buck Newton and Jeff Jackson break down the legislative long session. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Oct. 7: Chief Justice Mark Martin

cap_ton_07_jpgOn Capital Tonight: Chief Justice Mark Martin discusses his blue-ribbon commission to study modernizing the state judicial system. Our Advocates Becki Gray and Rob Schofield debate what the General Assembly got done in its long session. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Oct. 6: Former Gov. Jim Martin

jim_martin_jpgOn Capital Tonight: A new biography explores the life and career of former Gov. Jim Martin and the rise of the Republican Party in state government. The governor and author John Hood talk about his legacy. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Oct. 2: Bow Tie Caucus

cap_tonight_jpgOn Capital Tonight: The Bow Tie Caucus convenes to wrap up another week in politics. Frank Hill and Prof. Scott Huffmon join Loretta Boniti to grade the legislative long session. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Oct. 1: NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse

cap_tonight_01_jpgOn Capital Tonight: We talk with NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse about his party’s plans for the 2016 election. We get a debrief on the legislative long session from Reps. Skip Stam and Graig Meyer. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Sept. 30: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

forestOn Capital Tonight: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to give his thoughts on the legislative long session and the Republican presidential primary race. Our Advocates Chad Adams and Malcolm Graham look at the changing dynamics of campaign fundraising. Watch the program here.

Capital Tonight Sept. 29: Charter School Funding

CT0929On Capital Tonight, the end is in site for the North Carolina General Assembly, presidential candidates stop in the state and how Planned Parenthood is taking the heat. Two education experts also debate on funding for charter schools. Watch the program here.

General Assembly Adjourns After Late Night

GASessionAdjournedRALEIGH – The General Assembly officially completed this year’s work session this morning after nearly 10 months on the job.

The session ended shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning once legislators finalized a large “technical corrections” bill.

The state budget passed just two weeks ago after a stalemate and negotiations on Medicaid changes.

Barring a veto from Governor Pat McCrory, the state legislature is not scheduled to reconvene until next April.

Capital Tonight Sept. 28: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

ct28_jpgOn Capital Tonight: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler talks about a fact-finding trip to Cuba, preparations for avian flu, and what to expect at this year’s State Fair. Pat Gannon of NC Insider and Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal join our Reporter Roundtable. Watch the program here.

North Carolina Lawmakers Return to try to Wrap Up Session

General_Assembly_NCRALEIGH—Legislators still have many votes to take before what is expected to be the last week of this year’s North Carolina General Assembly session.

The House and Senate return to Raleigh on Monday and will debate and vote on several bills.

The House is ready to vote for a $2 billion bond package that cleared the Senate last week and requires a statewide referendum next year for the borrowing to occur. The final flurry of committee meetings of the year kicked off throughout the day as lawmakers look to finish up work on bills that just a vote or two away from completion or others that are being heard for the very first time.

“The purposes of this article are to establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state,” said Rep. Jeff Collins, a Nash County Republican.

A proposal that got no opposition, after assurances were made that the THC level is mandated to be at a level so low it could not get a person high, like marijuana could.

Other bills that have already gotten some big public debate were back in the spotlight, including a bill that needed a House concurrence vote which would end the marketing and sale of fetal tissue in North Carolina.

It is proposal that some say is unnecessary and based off of controversial videos of Planned Parenthood, but others say shows a strong stance from North Carolina.

“It is not based on reality, on true videos, but they are based on doctored, heavily edited and untrue videos,” said Rep. Paul Luebke, a Durham County Democrat.

“I’m disgusted, and I hope you will vote for this bill because you are just as disgusted as I am,” said Rep. Pat McElraft, a Carteret County Republican.

Also in the House was a bill to help one rural hospital in Belhaven to re-open by creating a definition for a legacy hospital under state certificate of need laws.

“Right now DHHS does not have a policy in regards to how long you can be closed without being an existing facility. They don’t have case law to support any decisions DHHS would and there is no statute that would also allow for any direction,” said Rep. Paul Tine, a Dare County Independent.

As the bills continue to move quickly from committee to the floor and then on the other chamber, leadership says this is the pace that’s necessary for this session to come to an end.

“Understand this is the final few days of session and I would expect over the next two to three days that there will be times where we are in session where we have to take a recess to have committee meetings or conference committees to meet, but then coming back to dispose of business,” said NC Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore.

Both chambers are expected to work long hours over the next few days as they plan to adjourn from session for the year.​

- Loretta Boniti