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NC House passes eugenics bill, despite push to reduce compensation (video)

The NC House passed and sent to the Senate Tuesday legislation that would compensate victims of the state’s forced-sterilization program.

Approval came amid a push by Rep. John Blust [1] to amend House Bill 947 [2] and offer $20,000 to each living survivor of the program, not the $50,000 as earmarked in the legislation.

The Guilford County Republican argued there was no real rationale for the higher sum in a tight budget year, and that social services these individuals had received over the years could be considered a form of compensation.

In the end, Blust’s amendment failed and the compensation bill passed 86-31. The legislation now heads to the state Senate.

To hear Tuesday’s debate over Rep. Blust’s amendment, click below. To see how individual House members voted, click here [3].

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