McCrory signs abortion, gun law bills - WSPA.com

McCrory signs abortion, gun law bills

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory signed two bills that drew intense scrutiny and debate Monday -- one an abortion bill and another a gun bill that allows guns on college campuses.

Overall Monday, McCrory signed 18 bills, including Senate Bill 353, which tightens standards for abortion clinics.

"I would have vetoed HB 695 [a different abortion bill] because it was clearly designed to restrict access," McCrory said in a statement. "I am pleased that this new legislation is focused on the health and safety of women in North Carolina.

"These higher standards will result in safer conditions for North Carolina women. This law does not further limit access and those who contend it does are more interested in politics than the health and safety of our citizens."

Abortion bills appeared suddenly before the July 4 holiday, leading critics to say the Republicans were trying to ram the bills through with little discussion.

Critics have charged that the bill is intended to make it more difficult for women to have abortions, and the stricter standards will have a chilling effect on women.

McCrory signed HB 937, which amends state firearms laws. That law had been vehemently opposed by college leaders, and UNC system president Tom Ross voiced lengthy concerns in the spring.

Ross said the potential for tragedy "far outweighs any potential benefit or convenience to concealed-carry permit holders."

In announcing he had signed the bill, McCrory said, "This legislation prohibits guns in classrooms, dorms, and administrative buildings on college campuses.

"Additionally, this legislation gives bar owners the authority to prohibit guns in their establishments. Following my threat of a veto, we worked closely with law enforcement officials across the state so that changes were made to the original legislation. This ensured that permitting is still required for a concealed carry permit and is implemented at the local level."

McCrory also signed SB 76, which will direct the Mining and Energy Commission to explore the next steps in energy exploration.

"This legislation is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough," McCrory said. "We need an all-of-the-above energy policy and that includes the exploration of shale gas."

RELATED ARTICLES

RELATED LINKS

 

 

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Governor Haley To Suspend Simpsonville Mayor Eichor

    Update: Governor Haley To Suspend Simpsonville Mayor Eichor

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:56:15 GMT
    Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of Intimidation of a Court Official, Misconduct in Office and Obstruction of Justice following a state investigation.
    Simpsonville Mayor Perry Eichor was arrested Tuesday. He faces charges of Intimidation of a Court Official, Misconduct in Office and Obstruction of Justice following a state investigation.
  • Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

    Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:58:27 GMT
    Duke Energy Says Customers Will Likely Foot The Bill To Cleanup Coal AshDuke Energy Says Customers Will Likely Foot The Bill To Cleanup Coal Ash
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being covered with giant tarps and soil.
    Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being covered with giant tarps and soil.
  • Greenville Moms Accused of Abandoning Babies Charged Differently

    Greenville Moms Accused of Abandoning Babies Charged Differently

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:53:30 GMT
    Sharon Ferguson, left, is accused of abandoning her newborn in a trashcan Monday. She faces a more severe charge than Jessica Blackham, right, who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.Sharon Ferguson, left, is accused of abandoning her newborn in a trashcan Monday. She faces a more severe charge than Jessica Blackham, right, who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
    The Greenville woman accused of abandoning her newborn in a trash can Monday faces a more severe charge than the woman who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
    The Greenville woman accused of abandoning her newborn in a trash can Monday faces a more severe charge than the woman who abandoned her baby in a toilet at the Bi-Lo Center in 2011.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.