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Raleigh Roundup May 09, 2011

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Raleigh Roundup May 09, 2011

  1. 1.          Raleigh   Roundup    419B Legislative Office Building   Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (919) 715-3009 ruths@ncleg.net May 09, 2011 Legislative Update Raleigh, NC   The budget was the big news in Raleigh last week, with the House approving a fiscally responsible, common-sense plan that has bipartisan support. It has now moved to the Senate, which is expected to offer its own version very shortly.  Some House budget highlights: The $19.3 billion spending plan puts more than $1 billion back in the pockets of North Carolinians by not extending the sales tax that is scheduled to expire next month, positioning us for economic and job growth. It preserves every K-12 teaching position in the state and fully funds school enrollment growth. It shrinks the size of government, but in a responsible way, so that state employee lay offs are limited. Also last week in Raleigh: The House passed the Level Playing Field/Local Government Competition bill, which  curbs the ability of cities and towns to get into the broadband business and compete   with private companies. It exempts existing systems, including the ones in Mooresville, Davidson and Salisbury. The House tentatively approved a bill that will expand DNA testing of arrested suspects in certain felony cases. The House passed the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, which establishes concussion safety requirements for interscholastic athletics programs. Coming up:  A comprehensive package of reforms to North Carolinas involuntary annexation laws will be heard in the Finance Committee. Best wishes, Ruth Samuelson, Majority Whip NC House of Representatives, District 104 Mecklenburg County http://www.ruthsamuelson.com
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