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July 16, 2014

NC House eyes possible exit

The NC House on Wednesday filed a bill calling for an end to the short session on July 25. But the General Assembly runs on its own concept of time.

At this stage of the never-ending “short session,” adjournment seems always just out of reach.

Yet on Wednesday, House leadership filed an adjournment resolution for July 25. That would mark the end of the 2013-14 session “sine die” – with no return date set.

Except that on June 11, the Senate filed an adjournment resolution putting the date at June 27. That was overly optimistic.

The Senate’s resolution was never voted on, as entrenched and protracted budget differences and other unfinished business began to come out of the woodwork. And they’re still rushing through last-minute bills.

But the House’s July 25 date seems like a reasonable guess at this point, if the budget, coal ash and a few other pet bills pick up steam in the coming days and everything else waits until next year. Legislators have been in session since May 14.

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