Articles by Gary D. Robertson

North Carolina Gov Seeking $1B in Federal Aid for Matthew Recovery

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants Congress to approve a little more than $1 billion in federal aid to help North Carolina with repairs and recovery after Hurricane Matthew’s record flooding last month. On Monday, McCrory released his requests for …

North Carolina Gov Wants Special Session on Hurricane Matthew Relief

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he expects to call lawmakers to a special session next month on Hurricane Matthew relief for eastern North Carolina, looking to Congress for supplemental aid first and developing policy based on recommendations from …

North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Law

North Carolina’s cyberbullying law, designed to protect children from harassing online posts, violates free speech rights and is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled June 10. The opinion strikes down the 2009 law that made posting on the Internet information …

U.S. Justice Dept. to North Carolina: LGBT Law Violates Federal Civil Rights Act

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds …

North Carolina Gov Pushes for Changes to Controversial Discrimination Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he wants to change a new state law that prevents people from suing over discrimination in state court, but he’s not challenging a measure regarding bathroom access for transgender people. His announcement comes …

North Carolina Lawmakers Try to Expand Number of Erosion-Controlling Structures

Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of certain erosion-controlling structures allowed by law along the North Carolina coast. This time, they’re trying to do it through the state budget. Republican budget negotiators confirmed Wednesday they’ve recommended …

North Carolina Lawmakers Send Ridesharing Regulations to Governor

The North Carolina legislature gave its final OK to state regulations August 27 for ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, a move supporters say will protect consumers and drivers of the mobile phone-based services and encourage competition. The …

North Carolina Legislators Override Governor’s Veto of Workplace Activity Bill

The North Carolina General Assembly cancelled Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill designed to give employers in the state legal recourse against people who deliberately get jobs to steal company secrets or record purported maltreatment at farms or factories. …

North Carolina Restarts Debate Over Moped Regulations

The debate over regulating mopeds in North Carolina resumed Tuesday as legislators heard new rule suggestions from the Division of Motor Vehicles just months after the General Assembly mandated owners register the vehicles. DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said lawmakers also …

Panel Backs North Carolina AG’s Call for More School Bus Cameras

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals back North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s proposal to install more cameras on school buses. Cooper says the cameras will deter drivers from skirting around them as they pick up or …