- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly worked a marathon week to complete its annual work session so lawmakers could go home by July Fourth. Now it’s time for Gov. Pat McCrory to evaluate their results.

The legislature adjourned late last Friday after the House and Senate approved a tweak to the controversial LGBT law they approved in March to ensure workers can sue in state court for discriminatory termination. They sent lots of other legislation to McCrory, who’s got until the end of the month to sign roughly 50 bills on his desk or veto them. Otherwise, they become law without his signature.

Dozens of other proposals died at the close of the 10-week session, some due to time constraints or strained relations between the chambers.

“We got caught up in trying to jam so much through a smaller funnel if you know what I mean,” said House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford. “It’s time to be out of here. We all need to go home to our families and jobs.”

Here’s a look at what passed in the final days, what McCrory previously signed and what ideas were put aside until at least 2017:

AT THE GOVERNOR’S DESK

The two chambers passed the $22.3 billion budget for the new fiscal year, which raised teacher and state employee pay, boosted the state’s rainy day reserve and increased standard deductions for income tax. The measure also offers $500 in-state tuition per semester at three University of North Carolina campuses in fall 2018 and fixed tuition for incoming in-state freshmen this fall.

Lawmakers passed a bill that decided footage from police body and vehicle dashboard cameras aren’t public record but laid out how the subject of a video can review the footage or anyone else can try to get a copy, including going to court. Tacked on the bill is a process to create needle and syringe exchange programs.

Another approved proposal would hand over five of North Carolina’s lowest performing elementary schools to charter operators in an “Achievement School District” pilot exempt from oversight and evaluations from local school boards.

The legislature prohibited sex offenders identified as threats to children from places like arcades, parks, and libraries while a 2009 law remains under federal appeal. There’s also an omnibus farm bill that would extend to 2020 a tax credit for renewable fuel processing facilities and allow wildlife resource officers to shoot feral pigs from airplanes.

NOW ON THE BOOKS

Penalties for intoxicated boaters who cause injuries or fatalities will increase Dec. 1 to punishments that motor vehicle operators receive.

McCrory signed a bill that sets the stage to readopt in 2017 the original colonial-era boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina. About two dozen homes and businesses will shift states, so the law clears up resulting differences on taxes, schools and sewer districts.

North Carolina became the third state to provide wide access to a heroin and OxyContin overdose reversal drug with a statewide standing order to prescribe naloxone to almost anyone. Small-scale “beach bingo” operations also will have to get licenses in October.

MAYBE NEXT YEAR

Broad changes to a host of regulations and environmental rules got scuttled. Proposals to require teacher licensure applicants undergo criminal background checks and to direct older school buildings get tested for lead in drinking water fell short even with broad support.

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