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Tuesday Wrap: Speeding toward Easter break

April 17th, 2019

— Lawmakers churned through committee agendas and floor calendars Tuesday with an eye toward an extended break later this week and next for Easter.

The House passed 22 bills, most with little or no debate, including proposals to put the state on Daylight Saving Time permanently if Congress approves, allow universities to sell alcohol at sporting events, loosen the whole distribution requirements for craft brewers and require education on the Holocaust and genocide in public schools.

One measure that did produced heated debate was a bill that would charge health care providers with a felony if they don’t help a newborn that survived a botched abortion. The bill was fast-tracked through the legislature and is already on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

House committees also passed bills that would set stricter guidelines for who can get a commercial fishing license and set minimum size limits for fish caught, increase fees for bounced checks and allow North Carolina to participate in a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments.

One proposal that was before a committee but wasn’t voted on would require ride-sharing services to increase the markings on their vehicles, including an illuminated sign that passengers could easily see at night.

A Senate committee approved increasing registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles and changing the way utility companies pay for storm recovery.

Outside of the Legislative Building – but soon back inside – a judge has ended Rev. William Barber’s ban from the building. The former state NAACP president and the founder of the “Moral Monday” movement, Barber has been forbidden from entering the building since his 2017 arrest on trespass charges during one of the protests.

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