The Senate returned a trimmed-down spending measure to the House on Monday night without considering its contents. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca says that's because the bill put the state out of fiscal balance, particularly on Medicaid.
Apodaca's action was extraordinary. Usually, disliked bills get buried in a committee, sent to a conference committee or are rejected outright.
Apodaca said later the move was designed to show Senate Republicans were serious about budget talks and weren't playing games. House Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory last week backed the legislation with teacher raises inside in case a broader budget bill got mired in negotiations.