Raleigh, N.C. — An exhausting week as the legislative crossover deadline approaches ends with Senate approval of bills on school prayer, abortion education and transparency in hospital bills and House passage of puppy mill regulations.
The Senate voted unanimously on legislation that reaffirms the right of students to pray in public schools and that requires hospitals to share their charges on dozens of procedures so consumers can compare costs. Senators also gave key approval to a bill that would require health teachers to tell students that abortions and activities like smoking and drinking could lead to premature births in subsequent pregnancies.
Meanwhile, the House passed North Carolina's first attempt to curb puppy mills and a bill that require health insurers to offer the same coverage for oral and IV cancer treatments.
A House committee also approved a proposed constitutional amendment would limit state spending increases based on population growth and inflation.