There’s more than House Bill 2 entering legislative session

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new law approved by the North Carolina General Assembly during a special session addressing bathroom use by transgender people and limiting LGBT protections is still dominating headlines heading into the Legislature’s annual work session starting Monday.

But other items beyond House Bill 2 will keep the attention of legislators before they adjourn, which likely won’t come before early July.

House and Senate Republicans will agree on adjustments to the second year of the two-year budget approved last fall. A small revenue surplus should help them. Gov. Pat McCrory wants average 5 percent pay raises and bonuses for teachers. GOP legislators are also interested in raising standard deductions for income taxes.

Republican legislative leaders aren’t interesting in repealing House Bill 2. Legislative Building protests could strengthen or weaken their resolve.

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