State House passes budget bill
by Anna Oakes
The bill, Senate Bill 402, passed by a 77-41 vote on second reading Wednesday and a 77-40 vote on third reading Thursday. Rep. Jonathan Jordan of Jefferson voted for the bill.
A statement from House Speaker Thom Tillis' office said the House budget spends less than the Senate budget and the governor's proposed budget.
The statement said the House's budget funds the House tax reform plan and the House voter identification bill, both of which passed the chamber earlier this session.
Tillis' office said the bill fully funds the state health and retirement plans, aims to reorganize and streamline departments for greater efficiency and provides compensation to living victims of the state's former forced sterilization program -- an effort that failed to receive funding during last year's budget process.
A conference committee will meet next to reconcile differences between the Senate and House budget bills.
The legislature will reconvene on Monday, June 17.