NC legislature votes to suspend state's anti-mask rule indefinitely
The mask issue is settled, but $25 million in federal funding for the state health department didn't make it through.Posted — Updated
The Senate's Republican majority got on board with the idea Wednesday, joining the House in voting Senate Bill 232 through. It passed the Senate 43-4, with a handful of Republicans voting against.
Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, said from the Senate floor that it will still be illegal to wear a mask to conceal your identity. It's allowed, though, to wear one for health reasons.
People will still need to remove their masks if asked by law enforcement, the bill states.
It's unclear whether that will happen, but the legislature adjourned Wednesday afternoon and doesn't plan to return for regular business until Sept. 2.
A number of health policies, and some $25 million in federal grant funding, that the Cooper administration requested are also locked up in Senate Bill 168.
The grant funding could have been approved separately through yet another bill this week, Senate Bill 380. That passed the House on Tuesday 102-0, but Senate leaders declined to take the measure up.
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