- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House is formally rejecting the Senate versions of two key measures that legislative leaders want finalized before adjourning this year.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday against the Senate’s proposed state Medicaid system overhaul. The chamber followed later with near-unanimous rejection of an economic incentives bill that also contains a retooled formula to distribute more local sales taxes to rural counties.

The two chambers would next appoint negotiators to work out differences on competing House and Senate proposals.

The House incentives bill doesn’t contain the local sales tax changes. A key tax-law writer says he believes a majority of House Republicans oppose that provision. Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews says an alternative proposal to help rural counties is being assembled, but it’s not ready for unveiling.

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