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Wednesday Wrap: Landslide will bring it down

June 13th, 2018

— The House and Senate worked late Wednesday as the deadline to get bills passed and the subsequent end of the 2018 session nears.

The annual Farm Act included hours of debate in a House committee and on the House floor before it received preliminary approval. Lawmakers amended the bill to allow for limited raw milk sales in North Carolina and to back off the prohibition on marketing soy milk and other plant-based drinks as “milk” unless other Southeast states do likewise.

The Senate adopted the budget technical corrections bill, which softens the language regarding state funding for the planned Durham/Chapel Hill light rail line, eliminates the idea of requiring cadets to pay for their own training to become State Highway Patrol troopers and includes money for a suicide prevention hotline and two new veterans homes.

A House committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment capping income tax rates at 5.5 percent.

After the Senate stripped a provision allowing beer and wine sales on passenger ferries from an alcohol regulations omnibus bill on Tuesday, the full House approved a Department of Transportation omnibus on Wednesday that allows such sales.

Finally, Rep. Beck Carney, D-Mecklenburg, who previously survived a heart attack at the legislature, announced that she has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment.

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