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North Carolina Senate passes law banning masks in public

2024-05-20T13:38:36+00:00
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  • North Carolina mask ban passes the state Senate.
  • The vote was along party lines.
  • Now the bill goes to the House.

In a vote along party lines, the North Carolina Senate has passed a controversial measure that prohibits the use of masks in public, including for health reasons.

This decision has sparked heated debate about the effects and wisdom of the proposal, according to local media reports.

Republican supporters of the ban have stated their reasons for backing the measure, which will now move to the state House of Representatives.

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North Carolina mask ban passes the state Senate

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Republican proponents argue that Bill 237 would help police identify and crackdown on protesters who use masks to conceal their identities.

They believe that this practice has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill, known as House Bill 237, faced strong opposition from Democratic lawmakers.

Community activists and advocates for people with health issues are also against the bill.

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These groups have voiced deep concerns about the potential negative consequences of the measure.

Opponents argue that banning the use of masks could endanger public health and limit individual rights.

If the bill becomes law, it would prohibit anyone, not just protesters, from wearing masks in public, including for medical reasons.

The final vote — with 30 votes in favor and 15 against — broke along party lines.

Now the state House of Representatives votes

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The measure will now move to the North Carolina House of Representatives for further consideration, as it continues to generate debate and controversy across the state.

According to WRAL News, Democratic legislators proposed various amendments to the anti-mask bill to protect people who wish to wear masks for health reasons.

However, Republicans rejected each of these proposals without explaining their opposition.

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