We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess. WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted. Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County. We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.
Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday he supports requiring North Carolina police to wear body cameras and rejects proposals allowing public officials and potentially businesses to cite religion for declining to serve gay couples.
This week, state lawmakers are on their version of spring break, and many local legislators are home. That gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the current session with many of them. We reached out to members of both parties, and will air excerpts from the interviews in the order they were conducted. We start today with Representative Brian Turner. He’s a Democrat representing Buncombe County. The first-term legislator scored an upset win over Tim Moffitt in November’s election, one among just a few bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise tough election cycle.
The General Assembly has begun a rare spring recess. Lawmakers acted upon dozens of bills before leaving Raleigh yesterday for the Easter weekend and taking next week off. They'll get back to formal business on the week of April 13, although some legislators will return sooner to work on budget matters. Barely a dozen bills have become law or await Governor Pat McCrory's signature since the session began.
Three lawmakers say their proposal to update North Carolina's childhood vaccination regimen and eliminate an immunization exemption on religious grounds is dead less than two weeks after their bill was filed.
The state senators announced Wednesday their measure has already reached a dead-end in the two-year session after hearing "serious concerns" from constituents and other citizens.
North Carolina officials are looking back at a second failed effort to attract a major car-maker's American headquarters as the state tries to lure Volvo Cars' first-ever U.S. assembly plant.
Documents newly released by the state Commerce Department show North Carolina lost out in January when luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz announced it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia.
The North Carolina House speaker says discussions over a "religious freedom" bill will slow to see if the legislation would harm the state's economy, especially in light of criticism over Indiana's new law.
Kings Mountain Republican Tim Moore talked to reporters Tuesday about proposals supporters argue protect the rights of business owners or individuals from carrying out laws they say make it hard to follow their religious beliefs. The issue usually revolves around gay marriage.