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Legislature Finishes Crossover Week With A Flurry Of Bills

Posted April 29, 2001 2:41 a.m. EDT

— After four straight marathon sessions this week, including a nine hour Friday floor session 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 will allow patients to sue HMOs, while the House passed prescription drug assistance for the elderly.

The Senate defeated the Wake County bill to put cameras at traffic lights, and also turned back a measure to strengthen gun storage requirements.

The House passed a bill that would cut the percentage of votes a leading candidate in a statewide party primary would need 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 mentally retarded.

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

Now the various bills move to the opposite chambers.

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