Public Policy Update: Live from Raleigh

February 12, 2013

The Asheville Chamber is back in Raleigh representing the voice of Western North Carolina business. The General Assembly was very busy today and many familiar faces were seen in the halls with it being Tourism Day at the NCGA.The Chamber is eager to support our tourism community in Asheville as it plays such a key role in the mountain economy. 
However, the NCGA was busy on many other fronts as well. The House Health Committee met this morning and passed the bill blocking the expansion of Medicaid with a 16-7 vote. The bill will now go to the House floor for approval.
On a less partisan note, the House passed HB 8 (constitutional amendment for eminent domain) with a 110-8 vote. This bill would ad eminent domain language to the NC Constitution.
The Senate was also busy as they took up and debated HB 4. This legislation is often referred to as the Unemployment Insurance bill. The bill passed its second reading with a vote of 36-13 and will have its third reading tomorrow.
On another note, Governor McCrory announced he will be adding an Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing. This will be the first time this position has existed in NC and demonstrates the importance manufacturing plays in our economy.
The Chamber will continue to keep you informed on the happenings at the NCGA. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message at