Raleigh, N.C. — The House gave final approval Friday morning to its $21.1 billion spending plan for 2014-15 after about 10 hours of debate over two days.
Lawmakers expect the budget to go to a conference committee next week to hammer out a compromise between the House and Senate proposals, and House Democrats pleaded with Republicans to stand firm for many of the provisions in the House plan. Although few Democrats voted for the House budget, they said it was much preferable to the Senate plan.
Outside of the legislature, a Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against some of the rules lawmakers drafted regarding demonstrations in the Legislative Building, saying they were too vague to enforce. It's unlikely, however, that the order will be drafted, signed and served in time to take effect before a large-scale protest scheduled for Monday night.