Legislators held four committee meetings Tuesday ahead of opening the special session on Wednesday where legislators will likely be in session through the end of the week.
The Oct. 4 session will be the third time legislators have returned to Raleigh since adjourning the Long Session following the passage of the 2018-2019 state budget.
House Speaker Tim Moore has told legislators to expect the session to last Wednesday and Thursday and possibly into Friday where topics may include veto override votes, judicial redistricting and other items.
Senators have been told by leadership to expect votes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Still to be addressed by the legislature are Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes of legislation to allow the spraying of leachate from trash dumps into the air in aerosolized form, a bill to allow non-profits to hold gambling game nights, and more recently a bill that would have sent funding to local bodies around the Cape Fear Region for the GenX crisis.
The legislation would have provided $435,000 directly to the area to study the water and upgrade water treatment facilities in the area.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington would have received $250,000 to quantify the amount of GenX in the Cape Fear River and how long it will take the GenX to degrade in the water.
The remaining $185,000 would have gone to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and other local public utilities to develop treatment technologies to remove GenX from the water supply and to ensure that the treatment is working through ongoing monitoring.
The bill also repealed a 2009 partial plastic bag ban for three coastal counties, a goal of Republicans for years.
Cooper said he vetoed the regulatory reform bill because it did not give money to the state as he had requested but instead sent the money directly to the local utilities that are tasked with ensuring that the Cape Fear Region has access to clean and safe drinking water.
In his veto message Cooper said, “Clean water is critical for our health and our economy and this legislation fails to appropriate any needed funds to the departments in state government charged with setting standards and enforcing laws to prevent illegal chemical discharges into rivers used for drinking water.”
Also on the table for veto override votes are an environmental law reform bill and a bill that would adjust business regulations.
The business regulation reform bill is at its heart a de-regulation bill continuing the legislature’s recent history of rolling back regulations across different facets of the law.
Session will open officially at 10 a.m. Wednesday but business will begin at noon.