Legislative session ends; break will be brief
The House considered the five bills on the agenda Saturday and added another dozen including the joint resolution to adjourn. The Senate had finished its work around 1 a.m.Posted — Updated
House Speaker Thom Tillis hammered the gavel, ending a five-month session in which GOP members flexed their muscles to shift state government and policy to the right — in classrooms and boardrooms, and from doctor's offices to gun controls.
The House considered the five bills on the agenda and added another dozen including the joint resolution to adjourn. The Senate had finished its work around 1 a.m.
"You do your best to keep up," said Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Person. "Sometimes the paperwork overwhelms you."
The House also passed a bill that would allow areas that had been involuntarily annexed by a nearby community to vote to back out of the partnership.
Just two actions failed to pass on Saturday. The House did not concur with a Senate change to the hours for sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. And the House voted down a transportation act because of a dispute over language that would limit whether wreck reports could be released to the public with the full identifying information of those involved.
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