Appropriation committees are still mulling over the recent budget and talk continues about the repeal –or entrenchment—of HB2 which is known as the bathroom bill. But tax reform, 2017-18 budget priorities, infrastructure plans and other high-profile issues are still lurking in the back rooms. Republican bills to expand partisanship in judicial and local elections have been approved. But legislation setting the agenda for the state over the next four to six years has yet to go before lawmakers—in committees or on the floor of the House or Senate.
Advocacy groups pushing non-partisan redistricting, healthcare priorities, increased funding for arts and recreation, and higher salaries for educators have made their way through the halls and into the offices of members. But within the conference rooms, the leaders are maintaining a deliberate pace with budget issues, deregulation and tax reform.