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August 31, 2023 North Carolina Legislative Update

Budget negotiations continue between the House and Senate, with voting on the budget to begin the week of September 11th and wrap up September 14th.

The latest information continues to suggest that the budget will include provisions for video lottery terminals (VLTs), with their projected revenue playing a significant role in the budgetary process. The establishment of four casino and entertainment districts in rural counties are still being considered, although specific details surrounding this remain unclear.

Governor Cooper’s position regarding a potential veto of the budget remains uncertain. His preference for allocating funds towards Medicaid expansion, which is expected to be part of the budget, adds a layer of complexity to this decision.

The House overrode several of the governor’s vetos on five separate matters and passed legislation to restrict the governor’s authority to appoint members to state commissions.

Shifting focus to North Carolina gaming; The North Carolina Court of Appeals has thrown out an injunction in a Forsyth County case involving gaming devices. So law enforcement are no longer enjoined and are free to prosecute the games. Law enforcement officials in Columbus and neighboring counties maintain their position related to cease and desist letters they issued to businesses operating illicit game machines. These establishments are being granted a period of time to cease their operations involving these game machines, failure of which may result in legal actions for engaging in unlawful gambling activities.

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