The state House on Tuesday passed a bill to fight sex trafficking in North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – The state House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to combat the sex trafficking trade in North Carolina. The bill already passed the state Senate, and now goes to the Governor's office to be signed into law.
Senate Bill 122, called the "Sex Trafficking/Sex Offender Registration" bill, adds human trafficking to the list of charges that could land a defendant on the state's Sex Offender Registry. Senators Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover), Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) and E.S. Newton (R-Johnston) are the other two primary sponsors. Click here to read the entire bill.
"It received unanimous support at every turn," said Goolsby after today's vote. "There is no constituency for sex traffickers in North Carolina".
Under the bill, a conviction for trafficking a minor under the age of 18 would bring mandatory registration as a sex offender, and subject the offender to GPS tracking.
According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the state is one of the top-10 for trafficking in the United States. Among the reasons are the major highways such as I-40 & I-95, the large military presence with a transient population, a huge agricultural community, and the ports near large rural areas.
Goolsby called SB 122 "the first salvo in the war on sex traffickers". He said the bigger effort will be with SB 683, called the "Safe Harbor for Victims of Human Trafficking" bill. That bill could be brought up for debate in committee as early as this Thursday, Goolsby said. Click here to read the entire bill.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-06-18 18:04:45 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina House members have decided to move Senate legislation ahead that would allow speed limits on some state highways to race up to 75 mph. A House committee votedMore >>
Lawmakers in the state House & Senate approved several bills Tuesday morning. Among them, a proposal to increase the speed limit to 75 miles per hour on some stretches of interstate roads in North Carolina, and a bill mandating state workers perform background checks for anyone receiving welfare benefits.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-17 23:45:30 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he's unsure if he and legislative leaders can agree on a final North Carolina state government budget before the new fiscal year begins in about two weeks. McCroryMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory said Monday he still hopes to have a budget bill signed by July 1, but he does have concerns with the plans passed by both the state House and Senate.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 2:18 PM EDT2013-06-17 18:18:56 GMT
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser has died. He was 78. Holshouser's family said he died Monday morning at a hospital in Pinehurst after a period of declining health. A nativeMore >>
Many of North Carolina's political leaders are honoring former Governor Jim Holshouser, who passed away Monday at the age of 78.More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-06-12 23:16:08 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill designed to clear the way for executions to resume in North Carolina is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk after receiving final legislative approval. The Senate on WednesdayMore >>
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that repeals the Racial Justice Act, which inmates on death row used to have sentences reduced to life in prison.More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 3:23 PM EDT2013-06-12 19:23:31 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Senate is advancing a tax overhaul that repeals corporate income taxes without a major expansion of sales taxes. The bill that the Senate Finance Committee endorsedMore >>
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday is expected to hold a first floor vote on a tax reform plan that repeals the corporate income tax and lowers taxes for many state residents.More >>
322 Shipyard Boulevard
Wilmington, NC 28412
Main Phone Number: (910) 791-8070
Newsroom: (910) 791-6681