General Assembly reconvenes Monday with a full agenda

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The General Assembly reconvenes for a highly anticipated session Monday.

From teacher pay to House Bill 2, lawmakers have a full agenda when they return to work. NC legislators are under the national spotlight, as many wonder what, if anything will happen with controversial HB2.

Many are calling for a full repeal of HB2; yet, it seems more likely that only portions of the bill will be addressed.

Earlier this month, Governor Pat McCrory signed an Executive Order partially amending the law to allow workers who feel they’ve been discriminated against to sue in state court.

He and other republican legislative leaders want to leave the provisions regarding bathroom use in place.

So WNCT asked local legislators about their plans.

Republican Representative for NC House District 9 Greg Murphy says his thoughts are similar to McCrory’s.

“I think some of the things that may be addressed is the level of discrimination. We probably didn’t go far enough addressing some of those in the content of the law. Also the ability to sue on the state versus the federal level. It mimics similar to what the governor has proposed,” Rep. Murphy said.

Many lawmakers say they have other priorities besides HB2. One of those deals with another hot topic in our state: education.

Governor McCrory has proposed a plan to increase teacher pay by an average of 5%. It’s not clear what lawmakers will do with this proposal, but many are skeptical of how effective it would be.

Rep. Murphy says he plans to address education right off the bat.

“I think one of the main priorities that we’re going to look at is trying to get education funding squared away, get it where it needs to be. Get teacher salaries up and get resources in the classroom for teachers to make them successful and the students successful,” Rep. Murphy said.

WNCT also reached out to democratic legislators in this area. They did not respond to our request for comment. Yet, many have long advocated for strengthening education resources, like teacher pay.

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