N.C. Lawmakers Committing $794 Million More for Hurricane Florence Recovery

Legislators to appropriate majority of funding Monday, set aside more for maximum flexibility as state completes assessments

Legislature will have appropriated over $1.2 billion for disaster relief in less than two years

Lawmakers agree to the Governor’s request for a new Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

Office of State Budget and Management briefed appropriations chairs on Thursday, discussed preliminary nature of estimate

Raleigh, N.C. – State lawmakers announced they will allocate $794 million in additional Hurricane Florence relief funding in response to the preliminary needs assessment released earlier this week, bringing the legislature’s total commitment to disaster recovery since the storm to $850 million.

For comparison, after Hurricane Matthew, the legislature appropriated $200 million two months after the storm. With this latest action, the North Carolina General Assembly will have allocated over $1.2 billion for hurricane recovery since 2016. Continue reading “N.C. Lawmakers Committing $794 Million More for Hurricane Florence Recovery”

Relief for N.C. Schools and Voters, Florence Recovery Fund Approved in Bipartisan Vote

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislation establishing emergency flexibility for schools and elections boards, as well as a new recovery fund from the state’s record $2 billion savings reserve, passed the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday in an extra session responding to Hurricane Florence. Continue reading “Relief for N.C. Schools and Voters, Florence Recovery Fund Approved in Bipartisan Vote”

Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund Formed in Bipartisan N.C. Legislation

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislation filed Tuesday by members of both parties in the North Carolina General Assembly would create a Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund and transfer $56.5 million from the state’s record savings reserve to the account as a down payment on emergency spending needs.  Continue reading “Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund Formed in Bipartisan N.C. Legislation”

Preview: N.C. General Assembly to Vote on Bipartisan Hurricane Florence Response Package and Return Next Week

Expedited action to be quickest storm response in recent memory  

Legislature to consider bipartisan solutions to post-disaster needs, prepare state budget for federal aid infusion

Raleigh, N.C. – On Tuesday the North Carolina General Assembly will consider an expedited Hurricane Florence relief package, the quickest emergency response to a major disaster in recent memory. Legislators will vote on a bipartisan package of solutions to immediate needs as they prepare to pass North Carolina’s fourth major disaster response appropriation since 2016. Continue reading “Preview: N.C. General Assembly to Vote on Bipartisan Hurricane Florence Response Package and Return Next Week”

School Safety Committee Speakers Set for Friday Hearing in Cleveland County

Shelby, N.C. – The North Carolina House Select Committee on School Safety will receive presentations from state Superintendent Mark Johnson, Center for Safer Schools Director Kym Martin, and local education and law enforcement officials in Cleveland County at its legislative hearing in Shelby, N.C. this Friday.

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N.C. Legislature to Convene October 2 for Hurricane Florence Relief Session

Considering  accommodations for school calendars, educator pay, sales tax deadlines, and federal relief funding

Preparing to pass fourth disaster relief funding package since 2016

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina General Assembly will convene Tuesday, October 2, 2018 to begin considering disaster relief legislation to support victims of Hurricane Florence. Continue reading “N.C. Legislature to Convene October 2 for Hurricane Florence Relief Session”