As session dwindles, rapid pace at North Carolina legislature

North Carolina legislature
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North Carolina legislators are moving bills rapidly through the halls of the General Assembly as Republicans aim to close the two-year session by the end of the month.

Both the House and Senate GOP leaders have said they want to approve their favored bills that could be subject to Gov. Roy Cooper's veto by Friday. That would give time after to attempt to override vetoes and to debate proposed constitutional amendments, such as photo identification to vote.

A dozen committees scheduled meetings Wednesday, with floor debate expected into the evening. The Senate plans to debate "technical corrections" to the new budget law that attempts to edit language opponents otherwise fear could doom a Durham-Orange light-rail project.

Bills addressing opioids, prison security and health insurance plans are on tap for debate.