- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly’s final votes on legislation reviving the Coal Ash Management Commission (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The North Carolina legislature has given final approval to a bill reviving a state commission tasked two years ago with managing the cleanup of more than 30 coal ash pits. Gov. Pat McCrory already has threatened to veto the bill because of a court ruling this year.

The Senate voted late Tuesday for compromise legislation retooling the Coal Ash Management Commission, charged with having a final say over how ash ponds held by Duke Energy are closed. The House backed the compromise earlier Tuesday.

The bill addresses a state Supreme Court decision that the original commission gave too much control to legislative leaders over executive duties. But McCrory’s office says the reconstituted panel is still unconstitutional. Lawmakers disagree and approved the legislation by what look like veto-proof majorities.


2:55 p.m.

A final agreement on how to reconstitute North Carolina’s Coal Ash Management Commission and get permanent drinking water to people living near ash pits has cleared one chamber of the General Assembly.

The House voted Tuesday for legislation hammered out with Senate leaders to revive a commission Gov. Pat McCrory shut down a couple months ago following a court ruling in his favor. But lawmakers believe the panel is still needed to provide a second set of eyes on how the state will direct Duke Energy to clean up and close more than 30 pits.

The Senate could vote on the legislation later Tuesday. McCrory has threatened a veto if the bill gets to his desk. McCrory says his administration is already doing a good job managing the closures.

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