Youth homelessness, rainy-day fund among lawmaker studies

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Youth homelessness, property insurance rates and the state’s rainy-day fund are subjects North Carolina lawmakers intend to study before the legislature reconvenes in April or the next session begins in January 2017.

Lawmakers comprising the Legislative Research Commission met Thursday and approved six study topics recommended by House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger. Committees were formed for each topic.

The state budget directed some of the topics be studied, including the rainy-day emergency reserve, now at $1.1 billion. Some want fund deposits to be more predictable. Other topics approved Thursday include recreational access to public lands, municipal service districts and small business credit and capital.

The study committees are in addition to oversight committees and a few House panels meeting while the legislature isn’t in session.

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