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North Carolina legislature gavels in annual work session

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The North Carolina General Assembly has returned to Raleigh for its traditional budget-adjustment work session, but lawmakers aren't getting out of the blocks quickly. The House and Senate gaveled in and out sparsely attended floor sessions at midday Wednesday. Republican leaders say neither committee meetings nor recorded votes will occur this week. The chief job for lawmakers is to approve changes to the second year of the already-enacted two-year budget. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper made recommendations last week. Republican leaders want to complete their work around July 1. House Speaker Tim Moore says medical marijuana legislation likely wouldn't be considered by his chamber until 2023.