While the General Assembly passed the state General Fund budget and left town on time at the end of June, it was not with the intention of staying gone until the 2018 Short Session.
In fact the legislature left with two special sessions to take up gubernatorial vetoes, redistricting and more.
The adjournment resolution passed includes plans to reconvene August 3, and September 6.
Under the language describing the August special session, the legislature could take up votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, the latest of which came on Friday on a bill that would have allowed the release of some product of waste-water treatment process in to the air through aerosolization.
The bill, HB576, would have allowed for wastewater treatment facilities to aerosolize leachate fluids, or wastewater that has been treated by running it through a solid to strip solids from the liquid.
Cooper said that scientists, not legislators, should decide what technologies are safe for the environment when it comes to disposal of waste.
The legislature could also take up bills regarding political appointments, the governor’s appointments, some bills that passed through one chamber or were in conference at the end of the session, and other legislation.
The goal is to take some contentious legislation and give it more attention, some legislators say, as opposed to sliding it through at the end to meet a deadline.
The September session however will prove to be more controversial, focusing on redistricting, whether it be the state legislative districts or judicial districts, or both.
The September session could also take up many of the same topics as the August session.
Special sessions, though uncommon in the past, have become more common in recent years with special sessions for redistricting, passing HB2 (the “bathroom bill”) and even to pass aid legislation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.