GOP lawmakers, McCrory say session on Matthew unneeded now


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders agree with Gov. Pat McCrory there’s no need for the North Carolina General Assembly to reconvene now to address Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, potentially by tapping into the state’s record savings.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday it would be imprudent to make long-term decisions about a recovery plan until floodwaters recede and safety issues are controlled. They also pointed to McCrory’s statement this week there’s enough state emergency funds to get through to February. The legislature begins its session in January.

Some Senate Democrats held a news conference Wednesday to urge McCrory to call a special session. They want to approve legislation to let McCrory spend from the state’s $1.6 billion savings reserve while awaiting federal disaster funds.