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North Carolina General Assembly Update: Budget Correction, Second Primary Results, and Juvenile Justice Bill


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While the legislature is in session, our team provides weekly updates on the activity at the NC General Assembly this week. Please feel free to contact a member of the team with any questions or visit checkmategr.com for more information about our services.


Budget Surplus Adjustment

The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) released a revised General Fund revenue forecast for the 2023-2025 biennium. The revenue forecast provides policymakers at the General Assembly with updated information on revenue collections to inform them before budget adjustments are made in the short session. The Consensus Forecasting Group, comprised of economists at the OSBM and the Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly, made a downward revision to the General Fund Forecast of $225 million in the current fiscal year, and $205 million in the next fiscal year. The adjustment resulted from personal income tax collections in April falling short of the April consensus forecast. Despite the revenue adjustments, the budget surplus for this fiscal year will be $188 million, and is expected to be $799 million next year.


Second Primary Election Results

The polls closed for North Carolina’s second primary runoff election at 7:30 pm on Tuesday. The results were reported by the North Carolina State Board of Elections and are available on their website. Hal Weatherman was selected as the Republican nominee for the Lieutenant Governor race. Weatherman will face Democratic candidate Rachel Hunt and Libertarian Shannon Bray in the general election this November. Dave Boliek defeated Jack Clark in the Republican primary runoff for state auditor. Boliek will face Democratic candidate Jessica Holmes and Libertarian Bob Drach in November. Brad Knott defeated Kelly Daughtry in the race for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional district. He will face Democratic candidate Frank Pierce in the general election.


Juvenile Justice Bill

This week, the Senate approved HB834, Juvenile Justice Modifications by a vote of 41-4. The bill received favorable reports from the Senate Judiciary and Rules committees before moving to the floor for a vote on Wednesday. This bill would update the definition of “delinquent juvenile” to exclude certain, more major offenses. The bill would also help clarify the transfer process between Juvenile and Superior courts. Senator Danny Britt (R-Robeson) presented the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee and spoke to the intent the bill has to clear the backlog of cases waiting to be heard in Juvenile courts. The bill has been sent back to the House for a concurrence vote.





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