N Carolina lawmakers take first crack at Florence recovery

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The first of several anticipated attempts by legislators to address the damage and displacement Hurricane Florence caused in North Carolina begins two weeks after the storm’s rains finally left the state.

The General Assembly is reconvening Tuesday for a special session called by Gov. Roy Cooper.

The legislature is expected to pass laws focusing on immediate needs of affected residents and school districts, some of which still haven’t re-opened their doors. Republican legislators also want to set aside money to cover anticipated matching funds necessary to spend federal recovery dollars.

The session is expected to last one day, with lawmakers likely to return next week to consider requests from Cooper’s state agencies. And lawmakers already are planning to come back to Raleigh in November and January.