NC House acts on face mask, K-12 remote learning bills

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House addressed on Tuesday some COVID-19-related business left behind from two weeks ago, voting for measures addressing face mask use and alcohol beverage permit fees.

The chamber approved overwhelmingly several bills as part of a brief return to Raleigh for the General Assembly this week. The Senate also will take up business on Wednesday, when the legislature is likely to attempt override votes on several of Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent vetoes.

The House agreed to a bill making permanent a clear health exception to the state’s face mask ban that otherwise would expire Aug. 1. A temporary exception first became law in early May. Cooper issued a statewide mandate to wear face coverings in public late last month.

Another measure approved by a wide margin would give bars, which remain closed under Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order, 90 days after the order is rescinded to pay Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal fees. In another measure, the House agreed to make clear that K-12 public schools slated to open Aug. 17 could use remote learning during the first week of classes.

The Senate still would have to back the bills approved in the House on Tuesday before they head to Cooper’s desk. After Wednesday, the legislature won’t reconvene until September.

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