General Assembly unanimously passes COVID-19 relief legislation

General Assembly - Raleigh - May 2020
N.C. General Assembly as seen from the grounds of the Capitol building. (A.P. Dillon, North State Journal)

RALEIGH – The General Assembly unanimously passed a bill appropriating $1.7 billion in federal funds and Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to sign the measure.

On Wednesday, March 3, the N.C. House of Representatives passed HB 196, directing over $600 million for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and prevention needs. The bill also directs $100 million for K-12 public school needs and $290 million for higher education emergency relief. It includes another $40 million to support summer learning programs in addition to education funds approved by the legislature last month.

Senior House Appropriations Chairs Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth), Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), and Dean Arp (R-Union) released a joint statement about the bill, saying, “The General Assembly is committed to delivering additional funding relief and regulatory flexibility to help North Carolinians still suffering in this crisis as soon as possible.”

The N.C. Senate passed the bill a day later in Thursday’s floor session.