NC Senate committee approves bill targeting gang members

RALEIGH

The Senate Rules Committee approved two bills Tuesday. One would toughen penalties for people who participate in gang activity, while another asks county juvenile crime prevention councils to work on gang-prevention initiatives.

The bills cleared the panel as several mayors are expected to lobby Wednesday for passage of anti-gang legislation. McCrory showed up at the Legislative Building on Tuesday and said he was glad to see movement on the legislation.

McCrory's Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, also is interested. Her chief of staff told the panel that gang legislation was one of her top priorities this session.

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