A vinyl floor installation is underway in North Carolinas state Capitol, where a Republican lawmaker is taking the first steps toward enacting his bill.
The installation was ordered by the state’s House Republican leader, Greg Steiner, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Deans on Tuesday.
“It’s a little bit of a surprise to me,” Steiner told The Associated Press, but it’s a sign that the House Republican leadership is interested in trying to pass a bill to replace North Carolina’s outdated flooring with vinyl.
“We’re very open-minded to it,” he said.
“We have a lot of people that are trying to do the same thing.”
The flooring was installed in the Capitol’s basement by a contractor that specializes in flooring, but the House leader said it’s the first time in more than a decade the floor has been covered with a flooring product.
The flooring is covered with vinyl, which makes it less prone to damage from rain or wind, he said, but he doesn’t want to be too specific about the type of vinyl it is.
House Majority Leader Joe Pitts, a Democrat from Charlotte, said he’s confident the House will approve the flooring in its current form and wants to hear from people who are interested in having it installed.
He said he hopes the floor will be covered by the end of the year.
“I’m just hoping to see people put the materials together to go through a process to do it,” Pitts said.
The floor is currently being installed on the first floor of the state Capitol to replace a previous floor.
That floor was covered with white flooring that was installed by the former Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, in 2008.
Pitts and other Democrats are pushing for that floor to be covered with more durable vinyl.