Around the South for Apr. 10: NC, TX & VA

North Carolina: Bill would require cops to wear cameras. In the wake of yet another incident of a white policeman killing an unarmed black man, this time in North Charleston in neighboring South Carolina, legislation that would require most law enforcement officers to wear body cameras has been introduced in the state House of Representatives. Two bills have been proposed; the one more likely to go forward was introduced by a Democrat and two Republicans ……. Texas: House, Senate divided on tax relief. House Republicans, under the leadership of state Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. is proposing a $4.9 billion tax cut that relies on reducing the sales tax and a cut in the business franchise tax. The Senate, guided by the institutionally powerful lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick (R), voted for a $4.6 billion tax cut, mainly reducing taxes on homeowners and businesses. The battle is joined ……. Virginia: McAuliffe raising money for legislative races. With control of the state Senate in the balance, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has raised $530,000 for his PAC, Common Good VA, to finance the move of the closely divided upper chamber from the GOP to a Democratic majority. Republicans currently hold two more seats than Democrats, with all 50 state Senate seats on the ballot this November. Stay tuned …….