Legislators wrap 2017 work with interim oversight committees

Madeline Gray | North State Journal
A lone police officer stands in the atrium outside of the Senate chambers at the North Carolina General Assembly on Feb. 23.


RALEIGH — This week, lawmakers convened to conclude the calendar year’s work on key interim committees. On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, chaired by Rep. Josh Dobson (R-McDowell), Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) and Sen. Louis Pate (R-Lenoir) heard from N.C. DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen on progress toward fixing the controversial NC FAST system and on the latest in the department’s takeover of behavioral health contractor Cardinal Innovations.

Later this week, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology and the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee will meet. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety will also meet Thursday to hear from officials from the Department of Corrections. Buddy Martinette, fire chief for the city of Wilmington, is also on the agenda to talk to lawmakers about search-and-rescue services. Friday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee is currently the last committee meeting on the 2017 legislative calendar.