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Legislature Finishes Crossover Week With A Flurry Of Bills

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RALEIGH — After four straight marathon sessions this week, including a nine hour Friday floorsession in the House, the North Carolina legislature got past Crossover Week. There were a number of significant bills acted upon.

The Senate voted to continue the ban on billboards on Interstate 40 from the Triangle to the coast,and also extended the ban west to the Tennessee border.

The Senators also passed the Patients Bill Of Rights which willallow patients to sue HMOs, while the House passed prescription drug assistance forthe elderly.

The Senate defeated the Wake County bill to put cameras at traffic lights, and alsoturned back a measure to strengthengun storage requirements.

The House passed a bill that would cut the percentage of votes a leading candidatein a statewide party primary wouldneed in order to avoid a runoff from 40 percent to 25 percent.

The Senate also passed a bill which would ban executions of people who are mentallyretarded.

The House also passed a bill which would require Spanish ballot instructions in 19counties.

Now the various bills move to the opposite chambers.

Left unresolved is the budget and how to close the deficit, and redistricting followingthe 2000 census.


Fred Taylor, Reporter
Jay Jennings, Photographer
Julian King, Web Editor

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