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Key legislator wants hearing on Cooper pipeline pact

March 08, 2018 - 6:35 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A key Republican legislator wants the General Assembly to dig deeper into a $58 million agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's office and utilities building a natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Bill Rabon announced Wednesday he wants the Atlantic Coast Pipeline pact discussed at the next meeting of the legislature's chief oversight committee. There's no date yet.

GOP leaders are unhappy how Cooper's office responded to written questions on the memorandum of understanding, which earmarked money for environmental mitigation and economic development. Legislators last month intercepted the funds for public schools. Cooper has rejected GOP accusations he tried to create a ``slush fund.''

Chief of Staff Kristin Jones said Cooper's office looks forward to talking about the interception, calling it a ``partisan power grab.''

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