Raleigh, N.C. — A week after the Senate crammed abortion restrictions into an unrelated bill without notice, House lawmakers did likewise Wednesday.
A House committee approved a modified version of an anti-abortion bill within hours of Gov. Pat McCrory threatening a veto of the measure the Senate passed last Wednesday. The House proposal said state inspectors should write new regulations for abortion clinics while "not unduly restricting access" to abortions.
The bill is expected to go before the full House Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Senate approved legislation that would require applicants for public benefits to pass a drug test first. Social service offices also would have to do criminal background checks on applicants.