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Lawmakers Returned To Raleigh To Pass Nearly $1 Billion COVID Relief Bill

The front of the North Carolina Legislature building with an American flag and a North Carolina flag out front with two trees on either side

The North Carolina legislature passed the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 Thursday, which allocates the nearly $1 billion left of federal CARES Act money. 

One of the standout provisions would send $335 checks to all households in the state with someone 17 years old or younger to help parents who are at “their wit’s end,” according to Republican Senate leader Phil Berger. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. Host Frank Stasio gets the details of the short legislative session with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

Tiberii also shares highlights from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s visits to North Carolina this week and analyzes the latest absentee ballot request data. As of Wednesday, more than 600,000 North Carolina voters requested absentee ballots, which is more than two and a half times the total number requested in 2016. The State Board of Elections begins mailing ballots today to voters who submitted requests.

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