House, Senate adjourn, plan to return in May

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly is officially on hiatus for the next three months, as long as the courts or a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper doesn't force them back.

The House and Senate adjourned Tuesday with both chambers approving a resolution they won't return to Raleigh for votes again until May 16.

Lawmakers left behind on Cooper's desk one bill - a wide-ranging proposal that creates a solution for school districts and new class-size limits next fall. But it also includes items involving the state elections and ethics board and a proposed natural gas pipeline many Democrats aren't happy about.

A court also could rule elections board changes don't comply with a state Supreme Court opinion, forcing lawmakers to return.

The General Assembly adjourned without addressing competing House and Senate measures involving the chemical called GenX.