Legislative Update: Where NCBA-Supported Legislation Stands As Of Aug. 2

This article appears in the  August 2017 edition of North Carolina Lawyer. The N.C.  General Assembly convenes again on Aug. 3, 2017.

By Michelle Frazier

The first five months of the 2017 legislative long session proceeded a bit more slowly than usual, but the action was fast and furious in June. Much of the early focus on Jones Street and in the Executive Mansion revolved around two highly controversial issues: the ongoing power struggle between Gov. Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature and the repeal of House Bill 2.

Although the power struggle between the governor and Republican legislators continues to make its way through the courts, the March repeal of House Bill 2 cleared the way for consideration of other legislative priorities such as the budget.

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N.C. Legislative Update, 5-11-2017

By Laura Wetsch and Faith Herndon

Labor & Employment Law Section

Things have calmed down significantly since the crossover deadline on April 27, and there haven’t been a lot of status changes to the bills that survived. The Regulatory Reform Act (declaring franchisors NOT employers) is now law (S.L. 2017-10), but that’s the only significant change to the bills we’re following.  Here’s the updated spreadsheet of legislation.

There likely won’t be another flurry of activity until the General Assembly starts to smell the end of the session looming sometime in June or July, but we will continue to update.