Five ‘must dos’ on legislature’s agenda

tom apodacaWRAL – ​The last time the General Assembly’s regular session ran this late in the summer, it was because lawmakers needed the time to broker votes to create the state lottery.

This year, lawmakers are spending extra time and money on bills involving the state budget, business recruiting, taxes, Medicaid reform and other, more prosaic measures keeping lawmakers in town past their traditional August adjournment time. The state constitution doesn’t require them to wrap up work by any certain date, but lawmakers say they hope to leave town before the end of September.

“A lot of those aren’t must dos,” Sen. Apodaca, R-Henderson, said Monday, just before chairing a non-voting “skeleton session” in the Senate.

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