Around the South for Apr. 26: NC, SC & TX


North Carolina: Burr would tighten service animal rules. US Sen. Richard Burr (R) has introduced a bill that would more strictly define what constitutes a service animal that can be brought on board an airline. It will no longer be legal to bring on a pet to provide emotional comfort, but the animal must meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Burr’s bill has the support of the airline industry, the flight attendants’ union and the Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans, reports the Washington Post ……. South Carolina: Mulvaney talked to some, but not all, lobbyists. When Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (R) represented the Palmetto State’s 5th District in congress, he told an audience of bankers in Washington, he had a hierarchy of whom he would talk with. At the top, anyone from the 5th District. If you were a lobbyist who had contributed money to his campaign, he “might” talk to you. And if you were a lobbyist who had not contributed, forget it ……. Texas: Abbott wants Farenthold to pay election costs. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has asked US Rep. Blake Farenthold (R), who is resigning over a sexual harassment charge, to pay the cost of the June 30 special election to replace him for the remainder of his term. Abbott asked the congressman to use the $84,000 he has promised to repay the US Treasury for settling the harassment claim to instead distribute it to the counties in his district to help defray the election costs, reports Roll Call …….