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Bill to help fund staff for new law passes House

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By Kyla Asbury | Oct 24, 2019


A bill to provide help when another law that raises the age for juveniles being charged as adults goes into effect in a few months passed the North Carolina House.

The bill, House Bill 1001, provides $77 million to hire more prosecutors and judges in support of the "Raise the Age" law that goes into effect Dec. 1.

The "Raise the Age" law changes it so that 16- and 17-year-olds can no longer be tried as adults, except in cases that involve a motor vehicle, according to The Center Square.

Cases that involve non-violent crimes of 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer be charged as adults, but the state's court staff needs to be expanded to accommodate the change, the news agency reports.

The bill is one of several "mini-bills" pushed through due to the budget stalemate.

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