Gov. Cooper expected to sign Hurricane Florence relief bill

State - Regional

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WBTW) – Nearly $300 million in additional state spending to address North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence has received quick and unanimous approval from the legislature.

The House voted Thursday to send the relief measure to Gov. Roy Cooper, who is expected to sign it into law. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday, also with no votes in opposition.

The package takes money lawmakers already set aside last month for hurricane recovery and distributes it. The bill gives $240 million to the Agriculture Department to run a program making payments to farmers with destroyed crops and livestock from Florence and Hurricane Michael. Another $10 million helps commercial fishermen.

There’s also $25 million for public school repairs and lunch program damages and $18.5 million for beach renourishment and other coastal projects.

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