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.
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.
Feature photo courtesy of Duane and Amanda Haywood of Currie Mill Road outside of Jackson Springs during Hurricane Florence.
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