The state budget is headed back to the Senate for negotiations after winning final House approval Thursday.
N.C. House leaders say their $20.6 billion budget plan is 'fiscally responsible' and 'reasonable.'
Senators voted a second time Thursday to approve a $20.6 billion budget. The measure now goes to the House, where Republicans will craft their own spending measure. A final draft of the budget is due by June 30.
The Department of Transportation would be able to add toll lanes to existing highways as long as some lanes stayed free under a bill that cleared the House Tuesday.
Local police departments and sheriff's departments would not be able to fire officers who report malfeasance under a bill the House rejected Wednesday night. Opponents said it would open the door to union activities.