Senate backs $21B NC government budget next year

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Republicans used a parliamentary procedure to block a vote on a Democratic amendment that would have kept the State Bureau of Investigation under the control of Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Under the bill, the SBI and State Crime Lab would sit under McCrory’s Department of Public Safety.

The Senate unanimously removed a provision that would have directed the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to draw up a plan to potentially close the historically black Elizabeth City State University, which has struggled recently with finances and leadership.

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