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Thursday Wrap: Return of voter ID

Posted June 7, 2018 7:44 p.m. EDT

— After weeks of speculation, voter ID reared its head again Thursday as House Speaker Tim Moore rolled out a proposal to put requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls on the November ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment.

Federal courts threw out the state's voter ID law as illegally targeting black voters. The proposed amendment would allow lawmakers to spell out rules for IDs later.

The Senate quickly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper's Wednesday veto of the $23.9 billion state budget. The House is expected to complete the override next Tuesday.

The Senate also gave initial approval to the annual farm bill after heated debate over hog farms and soy milk.

The House passed a measure to require public schools to post the U.S. motto "In God We Trust" and the North Carolina motto "Esse Quam Videri."

Other items moving through the legislature:

  • A House committee passed changes to state regulations to allow multiple stillborn fetuses to be cremated at the same time.
  • A Senate committee approved legislation that would allow health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards.