An end of session "technical corrections" bill is the vehicle for legislators to fix all the little mistakes and omissions in already approved legislation that wasn't quite ready for prime time.
But it can also be the place for the House and Senate leadership to tuck in little tweaks when not everyone is paying attention.
House Bill 22, the Budget Technical Corrections measure approved by the Senate Friday night, has some interesting changes.
Under the GOP-authored state budget approved earlier this month eliminated the jobs of 11 staffers in Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's office, including Communications Director Chrissy Pearson and Deputy Communications Director Mark Johnson.
Instead, Perdue will now have the "management flexibility" to cut about $1.5 million from her office's operational budget where she sees fit.
Meanwhile in Perdue's hometown of New Bern, Tryon Palace will get an extra $500,000 and won't lose all state funding 2013. The cut to the palace had been the subject of a display story in The N&O.
Another targeted tweak: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democrat who by virtue of the state constitution serves the president of GOP-controlled Senate, gets his state-paid mobile phone back. The GOP budget had eliminated Dalton's pocket talker.
A complete list of the changes, which are likely to receive final approval from the House Saturday, is included below.
Budget Tech Correx.pdf