McCrory moving forward with special legislative session to address Hurricane Matthew relief

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that he plans to submit proposals regarding Hurricane Matthew relief to the General Assembly to be addressed in a special session. He said in a news release that the session will likely be held during the second week of December.

He made the announcement at the fourth regional Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee meeting, which was held Wednesday morning in Pitt County. There is one more regional meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Kinston. After that meeting, McCrory plans to submit the proposals.

“The governor stated that his major goal in the short term is to help people affected by the storm, especially during winter months,” states a news release from the Governor’s Office.

The hurricane struck in early October and left widespread flooding and damage across much of eastern North Carolina. Legislators are expected to address long-term relief plans for victims during the special session.

Legislators can also take up other issues while in special session. One rumor that has been swirling since Election Day is that Republicans will attempt to pack the state Supreme Court during the meeting by adding two associate justices to gain political control.

Democrat Mike Morgan was elected over Republican incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds, flipping the court to a 4-3 Democratic majority. Republican lawmakers have not confirmed or denied that a court-packing proposal would be taken up at a special session, despite multiple attempts by many media outlets to clarify the record.

House Bill 2, the sweeping anti-LGBTQ law, was passed during a special session last March.

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