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A look at some bills introduced by our legislators

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sen. R.C. Soles is not the only politician from our area who has introduced bills during the short session.

Among Senator Julia Boseman's offerings is a bill to help the state make money off of video gaming machines. Senate Bill 1407 would give the North Carolina Education Lottery Commission oversight of the gaming and take it away from towns and counties. It would require at least 48 percent of annual revenue from the machines go to the NC Lottery Fund with the money going to high school vocational training programs, school nutrition programs, and the public school building capital fund.

In the house, a bill to enhance North Carolina's film incentives cleared its first hurdle this week. New Hanover County's Danny McComas is one of the sponsors of House Bill 1957. He says it would increase the cap on the tax credit from $7.5 million to $20 million. It would also do away with an alternative credit based on sales tax and an exclusion of salaries of more than a million dollars.

Another bill could mean more changes to New Hanover County's Alcoholic Beverage Control board. McComas, fellow Republican Carolyn Justice and Democrat Sandra Spaulding-Hughes have sponsored a bill that would add two more members to the county's ABC board. Currently the board has three voting members.

Spaulding-Hughes sponsored a bill to give half a million dollars to a new non-profit. According to its founder's website, Cooking for Change, Inc. trains "economically disadvantaged adults skills for careers in the food service industry." The bill has passed its first reading and moved on to committee.

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