(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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Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP/WECT) - State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said NesbittMore >>
Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A flurry of final-day filings on Friday added candidates to races for seats in Washington DC, Raleigh and southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County Commissioner JonathanMore >>
Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
Thursday, February 27 2014 8:05 AM EST2014-02-27 13:05:29 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State House Speaker Thom Tillis embraced the Republican agenda he helped push through North Carolina state government as he filed officially for the U.S. Senate. It's the same agendaMore >>
House Speaker became the latest Republican candidate to file paperwork and run for a seat in the United States Senate. Two Libertarian candidates also signed up, bringing the total number of candidates to nearly a dozen.More >>
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