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Kicking off the long session

The 2019-20 long session of the General Assembly kicked off this week. It will feel different from other sessions under Republican control because the Democrats gained enough seats in the November elections to break the supermajority in the House and Senate. That means Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto has real power and the two sides are likely to work together more to avoid perpetual stalemate. 

On the first day of session, Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, was reelected to the position of House Speaker. 

Rep. Tim Moore reelected to position of House speaker.

EducationNC will have detailed legislative previews next week, but in the meantime, here are some photos from the first day of session and quotes from a variety of lawmakers answering one question:

How will this Assembly make North Carolina better for educators? 

Sen. Michael Garrett, D-Guilford

Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson


Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union

Rupen Fofaria

Rupen Fofaria was the equity and learning differences reporter for EducationNC from 2018 through October 2023.