- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina Senate’s catch-all Friday session (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

The Senate has completed a Friday session having advanced several controversial bills in a push to wrap up the General Assembly’s business in the coming weeks.

Committees moved to the full Senate proposals to create penalties for cities that violate state immigration law and a newly crafted catch-all constitutional amendment bill that would, among other things, cap the state income tax at 5.5 percent.

The full Senate also approved a bill that makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant kratom.

House and Senate leaders remain in continued budget negotiations.

Both chambers will reconvene Monday.

2:35 p.m.

A Senate Rules Committee has lumped three proposed constitutional amendments into one bill with the aim of passing them in time to seek voter approval this fall.

The committee sent a modified measure to the full Senate Friday to cap the state income tax at 5.5 percent and declare it a right for people to hunt and fish in North Carolina.

The additions were made to a proposal that would ensure governments can’t condemn someone’s land solely for private economic development. Similar eminent domain measures have cleared the House but have been ignored by the Senate at least four times in the past decade.

Constitutional amendments require three-fifths approval of each chamber of the General Assembly. If passed, the three proposals could then be submitted to voters for their consideration on the general election ballot Nov. 8.


1:20 p.m.

The North Carolina Senate has called members in for an unusual Friday workday in an effort to move along key legislation in the waning days of the General Assembly’s 2016 session.

Senate leaders scheduled committee meetings to push dozens of bills to the floor, including those regarding immigration, city council redistricting and a proposed Achievement School District and a constitutional amendment to lower the state’s income tax cap.

The House is not meeting, but Senate and House leaders continue to negotiate on a budget compromise.

The Senate is expected to meet for floor debate in the late afternoon.



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