There have been 18 bills filed so far today by North Carolina lawmakers in the House, but as expected, there was no action in chambers as they reconvened for the first time since the long session started Jan. 11.
House Speaker Tim Moore said there wouldn’t be any votes this week but that he expected committees to have a “robust schedule” next week, with some action possible depending on how fast things move. After some housekeeping and a moment of silence for the late former Rep. Ruth Samuelson, the House adjourned in her memory until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
New House Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry, Wilkes) said she expects to see lawmakers dealing with class size early on this session. House Bill 13 was filed today and seeks to change the class size requirements for kindergarten through third grade.
Stevens said she didn’t know what other bills might be filed.
“I don’t know that we can expect any big surprises the next few days,” she added.
When asked about the relations between her Republican colleagues and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, Stevens said she thinks thing will be fairly amicable this session.
“We typically work well with him,” she said. “We have certain things we just might disagree on but for the most part, we’re able to sit down and typically work through some of those issues.”
As for House Bill 2, the sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation the two branches of government failed to repeal during a special session in December, Stevens said she hasn’t had a single conversation with Cooper about it despite being in a House leadership role.
“I’m not privy to any of those discussions at this point,” she added.
“We want make sure that we put the structures in place so that moving forward, savings is a top priority right off the bat,” he said.
He said he believes the package they put together will make North Carolina one of the leading states in being financially sound.