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Lawmakers to push through budget bill this week

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RALEIGH – Lawmakers will get back to work in their so-called short session in Raleigh this week.

They're expected to tackle a budget bill and education reform. State lawmakers are off for holiday on Monday, but have a jam-packed scheduled on Tuesday.

When legislators return from their one-day break, House Appropriation committee members will have a marathon meeting. After releasing parts of their budget adjustment proposals on Thursday, the full budget bill will be before the body this week.

The plan is to take amendments, vote it out of committee Tuesday and then have the two necessary floor debates and votes in the house on Wednesday and Thursday.

By Thursday at the close of session, send the budget proposal on to the Senate for consideration.

Meanwhile, the Senate is taking on its own big bill this week. President Pro-Tem Phil Berger is looking to move his education overhaul proposal.

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee will hold a two-hour meeting to discuss, debate and vote on this bill which would aim to increase reading standards, teacher standards, and school standards.

And the House will give final passage to two annexation bills, one deannexing several properties from municipalities and the other overhauling involuntary annexation.

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