General Assembly leaders continue push for earlier Florence special session

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A military crew helps with rescues from a flooded area after Hurricane Florence on Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Kelly/US Coast Guard)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican leaders in the General Assembly are calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to call for a special legislative session to deal with Hurricane Florence-related issues earlier than planned.

Last week Cooper called for the General Assembly to return to Raleigh Oct. 9 to discuss issues related to the hurricane. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Speaker Pro Tem Phil Berger wrote the governor Friday asking for the session to convene this coming Friday.

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Today the Republican leaders made another push for an earlier start. This afternoon they released another letter they sent today to the governor asking for him to start the extra session on Oct. 2. They say that would allow lawmakers to get the ball rolling on issues like school calendars, teacher pay, clearing potential legal and fiscal hurdles for federal relief, delaying small business tax deadlines and more. They propose then adjourning the session until Oct. 9 to address any funding issues and needs assessments prepared by executive agencies.

WWAY has reached out to the governor’s office for comment, but a spokesman has not yet responded.