A final vote on the Asheville water system merger bill is scheduled for Tuesday in the North Carolina Senate with quick approval by the House likely to follow.
The Senate added amendments aimed at further narrowing the scope of the legislation to assuage concerns raised by Charlotte and Wake County legislators that the bill might force changes to their local systems. The new version of the bill would require approval by the House before the bill could be sent to the governor for his signature.
On Thursday, the Senate approved the bill 28-15 but not until Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Asheville, blasted the House bill sponsors for forcing what he called a shotgun marriage. He singled out Rep. Tim Moffitt, D-Asheville, saying Moffitt was out to punish the city of AshevilleRead the full article