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House, Senate haggle over ethics

Posted July 1, 2010 6:23 p.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2010 6:25 p.m. EDT

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— An ethics reform bill passed a Senate committee on Thursday, but House members argue that it's not strong enough, and they sent their own ethics legislation to the Senate for consideration.

House members said the Senate bill, for example, wouldn't stop so-called "pay to play" politics, where political contributors receive favored treatment.

Senate leaders said they're moving forward with their bill and expect to have it ready for a vote by the full Senate on Tuesday.

In other business Thursday, lawmakers ratified a bill to allow Fayetteville to use wheel locks on illegally parked cars.

Any vehicle with at least three unpaid parking tickets could get the boot, and car owners would have to pay a $50 fee in addition to the outstanding tickets to have it removed.

The General Assembly also voted to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would bar convicted felons from serving as a sheriff in North Carolina.

The issue heated up this spring when former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege tried to get his old job back. He was one of several sheriff candidates with felony records.

Lawmakers also passed a resolution honoring the Duke University men's lacrosse team for its recent national championship. Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, who is chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees, introduced the resolution.