Wednesday Wrap: HB2 hangover

Posted June 29

— As lawmakers eye the exit, House Bill 2 continues to loom over the waning days of the legislative session.

Gov. Pat McCrory met behind closed doors Wednesday with Republican members of the House and the Senate, urging them to make changes to the controversial bill. Lawmakers said ideas have been bandied about, but a specific proposal hasn't yet coalesced.

Meanwhile, both chambers are trying to move as much legislation as possible, with a possible Saturday adjournment being discussed.

The Senate gave final approval, with no debate, to the $22.34 billion budget and a measure exempting police body camera and dashboard camera video from disclosure under public records laws.

The House is set to vote on the budget Thursday and Friday, and the chamber also is expected to approve Thursday a bill that would allow coal ash to remain in some unlined pits across the state if Duke Energy meets certain conditions.


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