Legislature

  • UNC Collaboratory Set to Begin Research

    Studies on oyster farming and hurricane resiliency are among first batch of research projects the new North Carolina Public Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill is set to begin.

  • Who’s Trying to Kill Amazon’s Wind Farm?

    Community officials in northeastern North Carolina are excited about the economic potential of the nearly operational wind farm here that a group of legislators are trying to scuttle.

  • New Session, Same Environmental Battles

    As the 2017 session of the General Assembly begins, the House and the Senate remain divided on key environmental issues, many left over from last year, including a continued fight against renewable energy projects.

  • Conservatives Wary of Cooper’s DEQ Pick

    A coastal legislator and conservative groups have hinted at the confirmation battle that may be ahead in the Senate, leveling criticism at Michael Regan, Gov. Roy Cooper’s pick for environmental secretary.

  • General Assembly: A Tale of Two Sessions

    State lawmakers held two special sessions last week, unanimously approving disaster relief in one and enacting controversial limits on the incoming governor’s authority and sparking protests in the other.

  • Extra Session Called After Disaster Relief Vote

    Leaders in the General Assembly decided to keep going Wednesday after approving a disaster recovery bill, calling another session for measures aimed at diminishing the incoming governor’s powers and loosening environmental rules.

  • UNC Officials Appoint Collaboratory Advisers

    UNC-Chapel Hill officials have appointed seven scientists and policy experts as advisers to the N.C. Policy Collaboratory, as university faculty continue to scrutinize how the legislature’s creation will operate.

  • Wind Farm Bill Got Caught in Turbulence

    A bill that would have banned land-based wind farms in most of Eastern North Carolina was one of the victims of a late-session showdown between the state House and Senate. It didn’t pass, but its sponsors say they’ll be back next year.

  • Sunset Beach De-Annex Bill Fails to Survive

    A controversial bill to remove three properties from Sunset Beach’s town limits couldn’t make it out of a state House committee. Meanwhile, legislators are trying to hammer out yet another bill to weaken rules before they go home for good.

  • Recycling Scrapped, New Rules Capped

    The North Carolina Senate approved a measure Monday that eliminates an electronics-recycling program and adds new thresholds and scrutiny for future environmental regulations.