Local Politics

Lawmakers Pass Bills, Try to Wrap Up Session

Posted August 1, 2007 3:54 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2007 5:23 p.m. EDT

— With the budget out of the way, state lawmakers feverishly plowed through bills Wednesday in hopes of adjourning the session by the end of the week.

Lawmakers passed legislation that would identify escapees from juvenile detention centers for easier capture, allow golf carts on the streets of Morrisville and several other North Carolina cities and regulate "toughman" and mixed martial arts fighting.

The House approved a bill that would add 20 cents to the rabies vaccination tag fee to fund a program that provides animal spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners and educates people about the importance of spaying and neutering animals.

The Senate approved a bill that would crack down on human trafficking by making it a felony offense and providing state assistance to victims.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate remain at odds over a proposed ethics proposal that would monitor legal expense funds set up by elected officials.

Members of both chambers agree that contributors to such funds should be identified, but they differ how much contributors should be allowed to give. The Senate version removed House language that would limit contributions to $4,000 and prevent donations from business and unions.