The North Carolina House of Representatives voted Friday to remove language from House Bill 1133 which would have eliminated the state's Child Fatality Task Force.
Since 1991, CFTF has researched, developed, and advocated for important legislation affecting North Carolina's children and youth.
"We are thrilled that House members recognized the critical role that the Child Fatality Task Force plays in saving the lives of North Carolina's children," Executive Director of NC Child Linda Staruno emphasized.
CFTF's recent work addressed issues such as drunk driving, teen suicide, preterm birth, and the use of tanning beds by minors.
Representatives voted 87 to 4 to ensure the preservation of the task force, and Representative Grier Martin (D-Wake), said, "The Child Fatality Task Force has long enjoyed bipartisan support for its important work. I was pleased to join Representative Stam today in a bipartisan effort to allow this work to continue."
Representative Paul Stam (R-Wake), a member of the task force, commented that "CFTF's dedicated individuals truly care about the children of North Carolina.
This group has played a key role in substantially reducing North Carolina's child mortality rate."
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