The most notable legislative activity yesterday included action on a repeal of the Racial Justice Act (RJA) and a potential cap on the gas tax.
In regards to the RJA repeal, the Senate approved legislation (SB 9) that would reverse the primary features of the RJA. The bill now goes to Gov. Perdue’s desk. There has been no official word yet on whether or not she will sign the bill.
A bill to cap the state’s gas tax, however, will stall after being approved in the House.
An attempt by House Republicans to cap the state’s gas tax hit a speed bump tonight. The Senate plans to leave just after midnight without taking up the proposal.
The tax is scheduled to rise by nearly 4 cents per gallon in January. The House proposal would cap it at its current level till July 1, 2012.
The state gas tax is set to rise to 38.9 cents per gallon in January. According to the American Petroleum Institute, North Carolina’s new gas tax rate will be highest in the Southeast and fifth highest in the nation.