Several high-profile bills left behind by lawmakers
The North Carolina General Assembly concluded its work Friday without taking action on high-profile items, including a trio of constitutional amendments.Posted — Updated
Legislators adjourned sine die Friday night. That means, barring a gubernatorial veto or specially called session, the General Assembly won't return to work until January 2017.
"There comes a time when you just have to say, 'We're done,'" Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said. "We're done."
Berger announced that his chamber would take no more bills even as the House was debating an education measure and appeared to be making at a run at passing more legislation. Senators were unwilling to go along as the clock advanced toward midnight.
"They knew we were going to be finished by now, and (those bills) are just not here," Berger, R-Rockingham, said.
Proponents of unfinished measures will have to start the legislative process over next year. Here are some of the high-profile pieces of legislation left unfinished.
"We saw lots of proposals to roll back environmental regulations over the session," said Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, a spokesman for the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club. "Luckily, those didn't move in the last days of session."
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