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McCrory calls special legislative session to address hurricane recovery

Posted December 2, 2016

Princeville town leaders met with residents Monday night to discuss their plans for moving forward following devastating floods from Hurricane Matthew.

— Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday called lawmakers back to a special session on Dec. 13 to address disaster recovery needs in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which brought flooding to much of eastern North Carolina in October.

That call comes after McCrory completed a series of meetings in communities most affected by flood damage.

"I want to thank the communities for their feedback and the members of the committee for their tireless work to help North Carolina recover," McCrory said in a news release.

McCrory's office did not immediately distribute a copy of the proclamation. In the news release, the governor focused on damage from Matthew. It does not mention wildfires that have swept through the western part of the state in recent weeks.

"Governor McCrory and his staff continue to do a tremendous job leading the Hurricane Matthew recovery effort," Joseph Kyzer, a spokesman for House Speaker Tim Moore, said earlier this week. "House leaders look forward to reviewing his proposal for a special session to assist North Carolina citizens affected by the storm."

Senators also said they were ready to work on a storm package if called to session.

"Gov. McCrory has been working hard on a disaster relief package, and if he calls the legislature back into a special session, our senators will be here and ready to work," said Amy Auth, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, when asked earlier this week about the potential for a special session.

It's unclear exactly what lawmakers might be able to do. Estimates of damage from the storm have run to over $2 billion.

The federal government is expected to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more than $1 billion, to the hurricane recovery effort. But Congress has not yet passed a recovery package for states affected by Matthew, so lawmakers may not know exactly how much in state money they will need to plow into recovery efforts. They may also want to address damage from wildfires in the western part of the state.

In the mean time, Republican legislative leaders have tried to tamp down speculation they could use the special session to expand the Supreme Court in order to overturn a Democratic majority that came from this fall's election. As well, they have shown little enthusiasm for a scenario in which McCrory could appeal his election loss to the legislature by virtue of a contested election process.

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  • Bryan Jeffries Dec 9, 2016
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    "These comments are myopic and ignorant. Not everything is about politics. Our state government is trying to help people hurt by Matthew. People, get a grip."

    Translation: I'm pretending to be more enlightened

  • William James Dec 5, 2016
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    I would like for WRAL to clearly define exactly what Disaster Relief really is, because it sounds like people will be put back whole, but common sense suggests its more in line with just offering temporary housing, food, relocation assistance, or the like. The flood targeted the poorest areas of the state, so don't expect that everyone had flood insurance and will rebuild nicer homes, rather many will end up living in these same damaged and unsafe homes until they can gradually afford to fix things.

  • Joe McCartney Dec 3, 2016
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    Really? You mean the same governor that wanted to help the people whose water was poised by duke. The same governor that passed what was deemed by SCOTUS an unconstitutional bill (HB2) that has costs NC hundreds of millions that he continually defends. This guy is classless and self serving. The only thing he needs to do is move out of the Governor's house. Let Cooper govern the affairs of NC moving forward.

  • Jacob Young Dec 3, 2016
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    These comments are myopic and ignorant. Not everything is about politics. Our state government is trying to help people hurt by Matthew. People, get a grip.

  • Melanie Lane Dec 2, 2016
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    wanna bet? he's a lame duck.. if republicans can't replace a US Supreme Court justice for nearly a year because the voters should have the right to decide, the voters decided on the governor.. he needs to not do anything but pack

  • Victoria Benson Dec 2, 2016
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    Didn't I read that FEMA is taking over the hurricane relief efforts? Another grandiose gesture by McCrory that will cost taxpayer money for the lawmakers. Just like giving regular state employees a little bit of a raise in a re-election year, but not other years. I just want him to go away **sigh**

  • Peyam Barghass Dec 2, 2016
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    I dare them to pull some shady stuff under the premise of 'Hurricane relief'; like they pulled with HB2. If they add judges to the court & try to disrupt the succession by Governor elect Cooper...there will be some major protesrs like you haven't seen anywhere in the country.

  • Robert Hartley Dec 2, 2016
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    I think we should just let the Governor do his job.

    Gov Cooper that is.

  • Rod Runner Dec 2, 2016
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    So bets on that they'll put the NC Supreme Court expansion in this hurricane recovery bill?

    Why do we, as votes, allow the people we vote for to continue to do things like this?

    Is it really the will of the people to add things to bills that have nothing to do with them just to shame people into voting for the bill because it is to help people with something tacked on that has nothing to do with it?