North Carolina’s bloated, confusing criminal code needs a complete rewrite. Before that can happen, state lawmakers want an index of all the crimes currently in effect in the state. Jon Guze analyzes legislation designed to meet that goal for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio.

Education-related spending tends to generate the headlines, but Joseph Coletti discusses key elements of North Carolina’s 2018-19 General Fund budget outside of education. Wake Forest University political scientist John Dinan discusses American states’ frequent reliance on constitutional amendments.

Mark Meckler of the Convention of States project explains why his group pushed again this year for North Carolina to endorse the effort. Plus you’ll hear supporters of the HOPE Act tout its potential benefits for fighting the state’s opioid epidemic. (A future program will highlight some legislators’ privacy concerns about the anti-opioid legislation.)