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NC lawmakers push bills across hall before deadline

RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its marathon week of committee and floor debate that allowed topics in about 200 more bills to stay alive for consideration in this two-year session.

Legislators ended deliberations Thursday, its self-imposed crossover deadline. The Senate adjourned at midmorning, the House had ended about 2:30 a.m. House leaders had decided to press through after deliberating late Wednesday.

Bills unrelated to taxes or spending that did not pass one chamber are unlikely to be heard again.

When the legislature reconvenes next week, the House is expected to work privately on the finishing touches to its two-year budget proposal. The Senate wants to focus on crafting an economic incentive and tax package.

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