Both the House and Senate took this week off, so no legislation moved on Jones Street. Legislators are scheduled to return next week and finish work on bills in conference. Outstanding issues include: the 2019 Farm Act, the House’s Medicaid expansion bill, a rural hospital loan bill, a utility rate reform bill, transportation funding, and an omnibus healthcare bill. The Senate has still not scheduled a vote on the budget override since receiving the bill from the House. Senate Leader Phil Berger has affirmed that the Senate will adjourn on October 31, regardless of whatever legislation is outstanding. The House has not given an end date for session. Senator Berger has also indicated that the Senate may come back to Raleigh to vote on the budget override after the candidate filing period, so that Democrats can vote for the override without fear of a primary challenger.