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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Another version of a bill that controls how North Carolina prepares for climate change along the coast is almost finished.

Republican Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County says a committee has almost finished reworking the bill that was unanimously rejected last week.

The new version calls for more study on how much the sea level is expected to rise by 2100. McElraft says the new version will not include a projection by scientists that the increase could be three feet. Nor will it limit the state to using only historical data in calculating future trends.

The bill could determine how much development is allowed and affect insurance rates on the coast.

Protesters presented the signatures of more than 3,000 people who want lawmakers to use the scientists’ estimates.

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