Special Session Day 2: Surprises! Another Special Session

Well, the first day of the North Carolina General Assembly’s special session passed without many surprises.

But day two…not so much.

The General Assembly will adjourn this session after passing the final disaster relief bill (the House reconvenes at 1 p.m.) and then go into another, previously unannounced special session.

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore says the separate session is to keep the focus of this special session to just disaster relief. The new special session will be “to consider any matter the General Assembly wishes to consider” and is expected to last the rest of the day Wednesday and Thursday.

The deadline for filing bills will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Moore reiterated his opposition to the idea of packing the N.C. Supreme Court Wednesday but wouldn’t say what bills might be taken up in the newly announced session.

N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger also wouldn’t address what might come up.

“There are a number of things that have been talked about,” Berger said to reporters Wednesday. “I am not in a position at this point to list or specifically articulate what they are because no decisions have been made, finally, as to what exactly will be brought up.”

Multiple NCGA sources are telling me that it will be to rein in the powers of the governor before Democrat Roy Cooper takes office. The NCGA expanded them a bit under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

“I think we were all pretty surprised,” said N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) of the Democratic reaction.

“I guess they’re trying to avoid the bad optics of messing with the governor-elect’s powers in the same session that they’re doing hurricane relief,” Harrison said. “But it’s basically the same session. It’s artificial – this new session to do whatever they want with Cooper’s powers and regulatory reform.”

Stay tuned for more…

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