Cooper signs 2 Florence recovery bills from special session

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Surf City Beach Access at Roland Ave. is closed to the public after Florence (Photo: Town of Surf City)

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation quickly approved during a special session of the General Assembly considered the initial step of elected leaders in responding to Hurricane Florence.

Cooper held a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday at a storm recovery center for businesses in Johnston County. He enacted two bills approved unanimously Tuesday in a session the Democratic governor called.

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The measures ease instructional-day requirements for school districts closed for days or weeks because of the hurricane and extend the traditional voter registration deadline by three days. There’s also $50 million that can be used to match federal recovery dollars.

The Republican-controlled legislature will return to Raleigh in about two weeks to debate more Florence spending and policy requests from Cooper and state agencies.