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N.C. lawmakers head home after final flurry of bills

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 26 2013 11:13:31 AM CDT

RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

North Carolina lawmakers are heading home after late night and early morning sessions that saw a final push to pass bills backed by the Republican majority.

The state House adjourned shortly before noon Friday, following the Senate's 2 a.m. adjournment.

The last bills to win approval included a sweeping measure loosening environmental regulations, legislation allowing new restrictions on abortion providers and numerous changes to state elections laws that critics say are designed to help GOP lawmakers retain power.

Items left on the table included an effort to speed up fracking for natural gas and a bill that GOP Gov. Pat McCrory wanted to remake the state Department of Commerce as a public-private partnership focused on job creation.

Lawmakers are set to return to Raleigh in May 2014.