State Legislature Convenes

House Speaker Tim Moore
House Speaker Tim Moore

Another session of the North Carolina General Assembly has convened with lots of promises of bi-partisanship and working across the aisle together.  Democrats told local television stations that they were “cautiously optimistic” that they would be able to work with new House Speaker, Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).

Moore was elected Speaker after former speaker, Thom Tillis, was elected to the United States Senate.

In total, 20 new members took their seats in the House chamber.

During this  organizational session, nothing new much happened other than a lot of speeches and getting-to-know you handshakes.  Members decided upon rules and chairmen received their appointments.

Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), Pres Pro Tempore

Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R) opened the Senate  Wednesday.   Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) was re-elected to the post and sent out a press release stating that his picks for committee chairmanships would be posted online “later”.  However, by 6:00 p.m, the page was blank.  With many committees and sub-committees,  it takes time to get them all posted.

Update: The Charlotte Observer has the committee assignments.

Meanwhile, Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) has announced on his blog, that he has been named chairman of the House Rules committee.

Watch for continued coverage of the North Carolina General Assembly here, at The North Carolina Beagle.