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Action on Wake County school construction bill not expected until next week

It could be next week before the state House takes up a bill that would allow the commissioners in Wake County and several other counties to take control of school construction.

House Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore said Tuesday that he's not been asked yet by Sen. Neal Hunt to take up Senate Bill 236. Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, said he doesn't anticipate considering the bill until next week.

Moore said he expects that Hunt, a Raleigh Republican, is trying to firm up support among the GOP Caucus before asking for action on the bill. The House Government Committee rejected the bill last week because of the opposition of some Republican legislators, prompting the full House to move the bill to the Rules Committee.

Under the bill, the commissioners in nine counties would be able to take complete control of school construction, including locating, owning, building, maintaining and renovating schools.

Time is running out on the bill as legislators hope to end the session next week.

The bill has already passed the Senate. As a local bill, it would not require the signature of Gov. Pat McCrory to become law.

The Republican-led Wake County Board of Commissioners asked for the legislation while the Democratic-led school board opposes the change.

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