Last days signal rush in state legislature
It is a critical time when the fate of outstanding bills is decided.Posted — Updated
Lawmakers hoping to leave town for the year Friday, have a lot of work to do to please Gov. Mike Easley and others before adjournment.
House and Senate members moved in and out of floor sessions Thursday, seeking to move outstanding legislation.
"They're working on certain bills. We're working on certain bills," said State Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie Co.). "It's just a mad rush here to the end."
Lawmakers held impromptu committee meetings around desks or worked behind closed doors in attempts to reach compromises.
The Legislature sent at least a dozen bills to the governor's desk Thursday, including one designed to create a home mortgage foreclosure prevention program.
Easley will also consider a bill that keeps people committed for mental health treatment from getting handguns and one designed to ease restrictions on boat towing. He is expected to veto the latter.
Other measures aren't likely to be heard, such as a moratorium on involuntary annexations. Prospects for the Senate to consider an anti-bullying measure are uncertain.
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