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Bills on sex trafficking, welfare and 75 mph speed limit debated in Raleigh

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A busy week for lawmakers in the General Assembly A busy week for lawmakers in the General Assembly

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A busy week ended Thursday night for members of the state House of Representatives.  Facing one of the filing deadlines, lawmakers introduced more than 350 bills before leaving for home.

Members faced a filing deadline, and introduced more than 350 bills before leaving for home.

The House also passed several bills, including HB392, which mandates background checks for anyone getting welfare payments.

A House committee passed a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover).  HB86 calls for work to begin on restoring the railroad between Wallace and Wilmington. It still needs to pass the Committee on Appropriations before going to the full House for a vote.

The full House will vote Monday on a bill sponsored by Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover). SB122 forces anyone convicted of sex trafficking in North Carolina to register as a sex offender. That bill has already passed the state Senate, and if approved in the House would then go to the Governor's desk.

The Senate also passed SB709, co-sponsored by Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick County), which allows the DOT to hike the state's maximum speed limit to 75 miles per hour on some stretches of interstate highways. That bill now moves to the House for debate.

The General Assembly reconvenes Monday night.

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