Campaign finance addition to bill irks Senate Democrats

(The Center Square) – North Carolina lawmakers squabbled Thursday over a late addition to legislation resolved by a conference committee from both the General Assembly chambers, ultimately leading to a walkout by Senate Democrats.

Unmasking Mobs and Criminals, as House Bill 237 is known, had already drawn sharp rebuke centered on the rights of immunocompromised people and their families. Senate Democrats said they had noticed only hours before voting that campaign finance was now in the bill.

Just before noon, the official vote was 28-0 with 10 excused absences and 12 not voting. No Republicans opposed it, and two were among the excused. The bill had passed 30-15 on party lines May 15 and needed the resolution from House representatives and senators.

Next up is a vote in the House of Representatives at a time to be determined, possibly next week.

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