State Lawmakers Head Home After Final Flurry Of Bills

North Carolina lawmakers are heading home after late night and early morning sessions that saw a final push to pass bills backed by the Republican majority.

The state House adjourned shortly before noon Friday, following the Senate's 2 a.m. adjournment.

The last bills to win approval included a sweeping measure loosening environmental regulations, legislation allowing new restrictions on abortion providers and numerous changes to state elections laws that critics say are designed to help GOP lawmakers retain power.

Items left on the table included an effort to speed up fracking for natural gas and a bill that GOP Gov. Pat McCrory wanted to remake the state Department of Commerce as a public-private partnership focused on job creation.

Lawmakers are set to return to Raleigh in May 2014.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 217118441 -
Gray Television, Inc.