Wednesday wrap: Unraveling legal knot around death penalty
Posted March 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Lawmakers attack the moratorium on executions in North Carolina and continue to gather input on a voter ID proposal.
Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, introduced legislation that would wipe out the last vestiges of the landmark Racial Justice Act and address other issues that have prevented North Carolina from carrying out an execution for seven years.
Meanwhile, a House committee heard testimony from five people considered experts in the field of voter ID as lawmakers craft a bill to require North Carolina voters to present photo identification at the polls.
Other House committees approved bills prohibiting anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed and limiting cities from dictating architectural design and aesthetics for single-family homes and duplexes.
The Senate passed bills that would allow murder charges to be brought against someone who injures a child in utero if the child dies of those injuries after birth and would place Charlotte-Douglas International Airport under the control of a regional authority.