The North Carolina General Assembly has finished its regular work for the year after approving a compromise on an ethics, campaign finance and government reform package. Lawmakers also have agreed that police must take DNA samples from some suspects.
The Legislature adjourned at 5:32 a.m. Saturday, more than 19 hours after the House and Senate gaveled in what became a marathon session.
Passing the ethics legislation marked the completion of the two chambers' most pressing job for the two-month session, separate from the state budget. The House also held a rancorous debate over extending the DNA database to include people accused of serious crimes.
Gov. Beverly Perdue has 30 days to act on dozens of bills. Barring a veto override session, the Legislature won't meet again until January.
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