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House Democrats disappointed policy ideas were ignored

May 9, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Democrats are unhappy much of their favored legislation and policy preferences were ignored by Republican counterparts as a key parliamentary deadline passed this week.

Democrats have 10 more seats this year, which should give them and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper more leverage. But House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Raleigh said Thursday that didn’t prevent majority Republicans from including more corporate tax cuts and falling short on education spending in their state budget bill.

Democrats also lamented inaction on their proposed gun restrictions, new redistricting methods and Medicaid expansion. Expansion still could be a key element in negotiations with Cooper.

Jackson also said at a Legislative Building news conference that there are enough votes to uphold Cooper’s veto of legislation addressing live births after unsuccessful late-term abortions.