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Legislative leadership is abdicating its appropriations powers by allowing Gov. Jim Justice to award more than $20 million to date in CARES Act Small Business Grants without legislative oversight, the minority chairman of the House Finance Committee said.

“It’s not a question of a lack of legislative oversight. It’s a question of complete absence of legislative oversight,” Delegate Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, said.

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