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Many Proposed Bills Not Expected To Advance

NC Legislature
Colin Campbell
Leslie Maynor Locklear, left, talks about losing her two sons to opioid overdoses. She joined Republican senators at a news conference on a bill with stricter criminal penalties for opioid dealers.

Policymakers in Raleigh filed some symbolic proposals this week that are not expected to advance. One seeks to ban same-sex marriage, while another would require the University of North Carolina and N.C. State to leave the ACC Conference for its boycott over House Bill 2.

Western Carolina University Political Science Professor Chris Cooper says the sponsors of the marriage proposal are not worried about bad press at home.

“All three of these districts are solidly Republican so that they’re able to play a little and get national media coverage and to say essentially ‘We don’t like the direction the state is going’,” Cooper said. “Politics is symbolic a lot of time and these kinds of bills are a good example of that.”

Cooper said every year, lawmakers have these conversation about “crazy bills, silly bills.”

“Only about a fifth of the bills that are introduced in any session ever make it to law,” he said. “Most of them don’t even get passed, so it’s easy to pick these up.”

State lawmakers are on break until Wednesday.

Jeff Tiberii is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Jeff joined WUNC in 2011. During his 20 years in public radio, he was Morning Edition Host at WFDD and WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and later, the Capitol Bureau Chief. Jeff has covered state and federal politics, produced the radio documentary “Right Turn,” launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times.
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