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N.C. Legislature expects to end session Friday

Posted July 18, 2008 5:23 a.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2008 10:22 a.m. EDT

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— The North Carolina Legislature still has some work to do before going home for good, but leaders are shooting to hit the road Friday.

The House and Senate scheduled morning floor sessions to wrap up any unfinished business and adjourn for the rest of the year.

This year's short session began 10 weeks ago. It wasn't until 10 days ago that both chambers passed a $21 billion budget for state government for 2008-09.

The General Assembly is close to passing a drought-response bill that would give the governor more power to make local governments conserve water and share during a shortage.

The House and Senate must decide whether to legalize ticket-scalping on the Internet.

The two chambers also must decide if they will address a potential shortfall in the state employee health plan.