NC Senate leader has plans for 2013 Legislature

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leader of the North Carolina Senate wants to talk about his chamber's priorities for this year's session.

Second-term Senate leader Phil Berger of Eden has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to discuss the legislative session for Republicans, who have a nearly 2-to-1 majority over Democrats in the chamber.

The General Assembly opened the two-year session last week to pick chamber leaders and approve debate rules but adjourned until Jan. 30 to begin introducing and debating bills.

Berger said in his acceptance speech as Senate leader last week he would seek to overhaul the tax system, change cumbersome regulations and improve the public schools in part by eliminating teacher tenure.

The Senate also will have to work with House Republicans and new GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

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