NC Senate committee approves bill targeting gang members

May 20, 2008 1:34:04 PM PDT
A state Senate panel has approved anti-gang legislation the day before big-city mayors -- including GOP gubernatorial candidate and Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory -- come to Raleigh to push for the plan.

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.