2019 Legislature

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The North Carolina General Assembly got down to business Wednesday as lawmakers prepare for the budget-focused long session. Committee chairs were named and legislators from both parties unveiled their top issues, setting the stage, perhaps, for conflicting priorities.

North Carolina legislative building
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Following a short break from the pomp of swearings-in, the North Carolina General Assembly returns to work in earnest Wednesday for a budget-writing session that traditionally lasts until early summer.

headshot of Josh Stein, NC flag in the background
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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is calling on the state Legislature to allocate $6 million to test backlogged sexual assault evidence collection kits.

Stein is calling his request The Survivor Act.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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A new legislature was sworn in this week and there are plenty of new elected officials. A total of 38 legislators are new to their posts and two of them join this week's podcast.

Jim Burgin (H-Harnett) and Julie Von Haefen (D-Wake) join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to offer lessons learned on the campaign trail, reactions from the ceremonial swearing in, and share some of what they hope to accomplish in the new biennium.

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Updated 1:40 p.m.

Republican lawmakers re-elected to lead the North Carolina House and Senate are urging colleagues to reach consensus in approving policy and legislation during the next two years.