Raleigh, N.C. — The continuing resolution needed to keep state government running past midnight Tuesday in the absence of a state budget cleared the Senate and was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory within a matter of hours Tuesday morning.
The CR gives lawmakers until Aug. 14 to hammer out a final spending plan, but they plan to take the next week off.
Before lawmakers headed for the exits, a House committee sent a bill to the floor that would mandate insurance coverage of treatment for children with autism, and two Senate committees sent bills to the floor that would eliminate the use of protest petitions by residents next to controversial developments and would change a raft of environmental and other state regulations.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources came out against the second bill, saying it had concerns with a number of provisions, including those that would exempt utility line construction from environmental rules, allow development within buffers along waterways and double the density of coastal development allowed before developers must address stormwater runoff.