House committees approve bills on abortion, immigration
House committees passed bills dealing with immigration, abortion and alcohol sales
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)
– Several state House committees approved bills on controversial issues.
A North Carolina legislative committee wants doctors to be punished with
large fines for performing an abortion when the child's sex is a significant
factor in a pregnant woman seeking the procedure.
A House judiciary panel recommended Wednesday the
Republican-backed measure that seeks to prohibit what's called sex-selective
The United Nations has raised concerns about gender bias
in favor of boys in parts of Asia that lead to abortions of female fetuses. The
bill's sponsors provided no evidence the practice is a problem in North
Lawmakers say the state should make clear that such
discrimination is wrong, but two physicians testified at the committee that the
measure will only undermine the trust between doctors and their patients.
The bill now goes to the full House.
A bill granting driving privileges to those in the
country illegally and authorizing Arizona-style detainment measures passed its first North Carolina legislative
A House judiciary committee approved the Republican bill
Wednesday 9-3 with some Democratic support. The bill would require residents in
the country illegally to pursue a restricted driver's license and allow police
to detain anyone suspected of lacking documentation for up to 24 hours to
verify legal status.
The latest version of the bill softens restrictions on
pre-trial release and requirements that those living in the country illegally
pay for incarceration costs.
Some Democrats suggested changing or completely gutting
the detainment measure out of concerns it could lead to racial profiling or
would not survive court tests.
The bill now heads to the Finance Committee.
Legislation freeing up alcohol sales in stadiums and retail
locations is headed to the House floor.
A House commerce committee signed off Wednesday on a bill
allowing more in-stand alcohol sales in stadiums and another bill allowing
retailers to stock beer in larger, refillable containers.
The first measure would allow employees to sell alcohol
in the seating areas of stadiums or ballparks with a seating capacity of at
least 3,000. The law previously allowed for in-stand sales only in stadiums of
60,000 or more.
The second bill is aimed at helping the state's craft
brewers, who often package their product in containers of up to 64 ounces. The
containers known as "growlers" currently are not allowed.
Some Republicans and religious groups opposed the bills,
saying they would encourage greater consumption.
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