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  • Mecklenburg Legislators at Community Forum

    Seven legislators will take part in the Observer’s “Solving It Together” forum on Wednesday:

    House

    • REP. BILL BRAWLEY, R (Chairs the House Transportation Committee; recently named co-chair of Finance)

    The Matthews Republican shepherded Gov. Pat McCrory’s transportation overhaul through both chambers and was a key player in two issues important to Charlotte: transferring control of the airport and helping the Carolina Panthers finance stadium improvements.

    • REP. BEVERLY EARLE, D (Vice chair of House Health and Human Services Committee)

    She’s Mecklenburg County’s senior lawmaker. Like most other Democrats this year, she had little influence on major legislation and usually found herself in the minority.

    • REP. RUTH SAMUELSON, R (Republican House Conference Leader; chairs House Banking Committee)

    Heavily involved in legislation including the airport, Panthers stadium improvements and abortion. Was a key player in crafting compromises on stadium financing and the airport. The measure creating a new airport commission is being challenged by the city of Charlotte in court.

    Senate

    • SEN. DAN CLODFELTER, D (Former Finance Committee chair)

    Found himself in the position of fighting most GOP legislation. With Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Cabarrus County, crafted a tax overhaul bill that never made it out of committee.

    • SEN. MALCOLM GRAHAM, D (Chairs Mecklenburg delegation)

    Like other Democrats, found himself in the minority on party-line votes. Defended Charlotte’s control of airport. Often served as a foil for Sen. Bob Rucho and other Republicans.

    • SEN. BOB RUCHO, R (Co-chairs Senate Finance Committee)

    Played key roles in much of the session’s major legislation including a voter ID bill and a proposed Charlotte airport authority. When Senate leaders rejected his sweeping tax overhaul proposal, he briefly broke with party leaders and offered to give up his Finance gavel.

    • SEN. JEFF TARTE, R (Vice chair of Senate Health Care Committee)

    Former Cornelius mayor pushed through his top priority: a bill to fix Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 revaluation. Also quietly started a dialogue with leaders of the “Moral Monday” protests.



On Wednesday, constituents will get their chance to ask questions of local legislators – and you can watch it live from home.

The Observer, PNC Bank and Central Piedmont Community College are hosting a community forum with legislators at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CPCC’s Pease Auditorium.

Mike Collins, host of WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks,” will moderate.

The forum is full, but WTVI (PBS Charlotte) will livestream the event on wtvi.org. It will also re-broadcast the first hour of the forum from at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and again at midnight. “Charlotte Talks” will air an edited one-hour version of the forum at 9 a.m. Friday on WFAE, 90.7 FM.

Questions? Contact Jen Rothacker, jrothacker@charlotteobserver.com, 704-358-5081.
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