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General Assembly Studies Teen-Related Bills

Posted April 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina House and Senate are gearing up for a showdown on a bill that would stop the sale of cigarettes to minors.

The House tentatively approved a measure Wednesday that removes criminal penalties for clerks who sell tobacco to minors and imposes fines instead. The Senate wants clerks to face criminal penalties.

The two sides will have to reach an agreement before sending the bill on the the governor.

Meanwhile, the House also granted preliminary approval Wednesday to a graduated license bill. The measure would force teen drivers to prove they are safe behind the wheel before receiving unrestricted driving rights.

The House version on penalizes teen drivers for six months if they get a ticket while training.

A final vote could come on that bill Thursday.