Collegiality rules on first day of legislative session
Berger, Moore re-elected to top posts unanimously;
Blue, Jackson to lead Democrats
Bipartisanship ruled the day as lawmakers returned Wednesday to begin the 2017 long session of the General Assembly.
The collegiality on opening day marked a stark contrast with the final days of special legislative sessions held in December, when the GOP-controlled General Assembly whittled away at some of the powers of the governor’s office and was unable to piece together support for a bill to repeal House Bill 2, which, among other things, blocked Charlotte’s transgender bathroom ordinance.
In the House, Minority Leader Darren Jackson, D-Wake, provided the seconding motion for the nomination of Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry, as speaker pro-tem and for James White as the new principal clerk in the House. White replaces Denise Weeks, that chamber’s longtime principal clerk, who is retiring.
Berger, in his prepared comments to the Senate, noted that many of the things done by legislators are not controversial, adding that it’s disheartening when many focus only on things that divide lawmakers.
“Most laws pass with overwhelming, bipartisan support,” Berger said. “No matter what our political party, we are all here because we want our state to thrive, and for our citizens to reach their full potential.”