House Democrats rolled out their agenda
Wednesday for this year's General Assembly session.
Leaders pledged greater openness in state government, reform of
death penalty laws and assistance to small businesses that lose
employees to war deployments.
The so-called Plan for One North Carolina also includes
expanding health care to children and older citizens, improving
mental health programs and relieving counties of Medicaid expenses.
The agenda provided few details about legislation proposed by
Democrats, who have the majority in the Legislature.
The agenda didn't outline how capital punishment laws would be
retooled, but many Democrats want a formal two-year moratorium on
the death penalty.