Thursday is listed as the last day of the state’s legislative session, but under state rules the proceedings could go on well beyond midnight. It could be a long night.
In a last-minute bid to spur the senate rules committee into action, 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has endorsed SB 353.
Now that the legislature has the biggest item off its agenda, what will happen to the state’s massive anti-abortion bill?
As the legislative session draws to a close, the state’s motorcycle safety bill, which was amended with a number of unrelated abortion restrictions, remains stalled in committee.
As SB 353, the North Carolina motorcycle safety bill that was amended to include abortion restrictions, awaits review in the senate rules committee, Republican supporters of the bill, including Gov. Pat McCrory, are seeing increasing disapproval among both health-care organizations and voters in the state.
Rather than head to the floor for a vote, SB 353 is being sent to committee for review instead.
During the debate on the motorcycle safety act Thursday, the subject of motorcycles only entered the debate once. “I own a motorcycle,” said state Rep. Beverly Earle. “I want to let my motorcycle buddies know when I vote against this, it has nothing to do with them.”
Hours after the state’s Republican governor threatened to veto a Sharia law bill containing abortion restrictions, a state subcommittee took up a motorcycle safety act that was rewritten to add nearly identical anti-choice amendments.