(WECT/AP) – A bill to resume executions in North Carolina passed a Senate
committee on Tuesday, and will go in front of the full body for debate.
Sen. Thom Goolsby
(R-New Hanover) is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 306, which also
eliminates the Racial Justice Act approved in 2009. The RJA outlined a process
to allow death row prisoners to receive life sentences if a judge finds racial
bias played a role in either their conviction or sentence of death.
judiciary committee voted along party lines Tuesday to recommend to the Senate
the measure that its sponsor says will ensure that justice is carried out on
those convicted of heinous murders.
No one on North
Carolina's death row has been executed since 2006 because of various legal
A House committee
also approved a bill to limit to limit the state's motorcycle helmet
requirement to just those people under age 21. Rep. Kenneth Waddell
(D-Columbus) is one of the sponsors of the bill.
transportation panel agreed Tuesday to give adults the option to ride without a
helmet if they have had a motorcycle license for a year, completed a safety
course and have insurance covering $10,000 in medical benefits.
face a small fine.
Bill sponsor Rep.
John Torbett of Gaston County says he's a motorcyclist who considers helmets a
freedom of choice issue. Torbett said data suggests that wearing helmets does
not result in improved safety.
The bill now goes
to another House committee.
The full House
voted 98-19 to approve HB 17, which keeps information on concealed carry
handgun permits from being public record. That bill now goes to the Senate for
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Thursday, December 12 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-12-12 19:16:27 GMT
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:44 PM EST2013-12-10 19:44:55 GMT
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