RALEIGH – The N.C. Senate and House passed victims’ rights legislation with bipartisan vote in both chambers.
The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for all North Carolina voters to consider.
“This victims’ rights bill will provide stronger rights for North Carolina’s victims of crime – and an enforcement mechanism for our laws that we don’t currently have,” said Sen. Tamara Barringer, a sponsor of the legislation. “We’re putting the words ‘dignity and respect’ in the amendment to highlight that North Carolina victims deserve that treatment.”
The Marsy’s Law for NC campaign kicked off in April 2017.
Fifty town councils and counties and almost 60 percent of the state’s sheriffs to-date have endorsed the bill. Among them are Monroe, Stallings, Weddington, Wesley Chapel and Indian Trail.
“I encourage every North Carolinian to support Marsy’s Law on the ballot. This bill is about doing what is right for victims of violent crime,” Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez said. “For once, we have a piece of legislation that breaks through the partisan barriers and focuses on helping victims, who are often forgotten about. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, surely you can agree that victims deserve rights in the state of North Carolina.”