Legislature passes Florence bills
The House and Senate convened Tuesday to pass relief legislation for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
House Bill 4 — Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act provides several state mechanisms to relieve people who lost everything in Florence. The bill includes the creation of a disaster recovery fund, the provision of funding, the waiver of homeowners recovery and DMV fees, the provision of mosquito control and the implementation of elections assistance.
The bill appropriates $56,500,000 from the state’s Savings Reserve fund to the newly-created Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund.
Due to the General Assembly’s work over the past several years to build our state’s reserves to the greatest level in history, we will be able to cover disaster expenses, waive certain fees and provide other relief without taking on any debt, cutting funding to other priorities or facing any other issues.
The bill extends the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina to give those affected by the storm time to register. It also provides flexibility to Boards of Elections to change voting places for any places that were impacted by the storm.
Senate Bill 2 — School Calendar & Pay/Hurricane Florence provides relief to students, teachers and teachers in training. The bill includes school calendar flexibility, ensures teachers are paid and gives flexibility to rising teachers who must complete in-classroom training.
Legislature to return October 15
There is more work to be done to relieve those impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Members of the General Assembly are now waiting on the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper to complete work required to identify where the state can help. Members of the House and Senate had been prepared to convene Oct. 9, but Gov. Cooper’s administration asked for more time.
The General Assembly will reconvene the special session on October 15.