- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Legislation reconstituting North Carolina’s short-lived Coal Ash Management Commission is on the fast track to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory, who’s expected to veto the measure. But lawmakers slowed it down to work on one provision.

The Senate decided Thursday not to accept the House version of the bill approved Wednesday, sending it to a conference committee. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca says he hopes it will return to the floor for a final vote early next week.

Apodaca and House bill manager Chuck McGrady pointed to altering language in the bill related to getting drinking water piped to homes near coal ash pits where residents are worried about well water safety.

McCrory says he’ll veto the bill, saying the commission is unconstitutional and would undermine environmental protections.

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