General Assembly Adjourning After 6 Months

North Carolina's General Assembly is closing down for the year after six months of work dominated by the recession, a tight state budget and tax increases.

The House and Senate each scheduled ceremonial sessions Tuesday to adjourn the General Assembly's legislative work.

Lawmakers spent most of their energy this year balancing service cuts against tax increases in one of the worst recessions in generations.

The tough economic times didn't stop lawmakers from banning cigarette smoke from restaurants and bars, extending tax breaks to Apple Inc. and other businesses promising to create jobs, and bailing out the state-funded health insurance plan for its employees, retirees and teachers.

Lawmakers plan to return to Raleigh in May.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    I see Deborah Ross succeeded without letting the judicial committee I take action on the "Castle Doctrine Bill",(over 3 months old) which would make us more secure in our homes if the worst happened and we had to shoot an intruder. Due to her personal beliefs that all guns are bad, she has succeeded in stalling this bill even though only 2 politicos voted against it! I guess SHE KNOWS whats best for us? (NOT). So be prepared if you must defend yourself to be brought into court for civil action, and possibly criminal prosecution. It sure seems strange that other states didn't have a problem passing similar bills! Don't believe her reteroric about supporting the 2nd Amendment as she only votes yea on pro-gun bills when they have NO chance of success, but Deb. you aren't fooling us and you will Pay on re-election attempts.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    Yep, they have done enough damge to the state for an entire lifetime. New taxes, more spending, we still have illegal problems,......yep, they have done more than their share.
  • by OK Location: Gville on Aug 11, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    Do they get paid for the rest of the year?
  • by unk Location: enc on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    If they had of WORKED, they would have found a way to cut spending and their salaries as a show to the public that they still know what it is like to struggle on a budget. Lawmakers, Ha. More like freeloaders, you see them at every function that offers a free meal.

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