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Legislators tackling several bills as crossover deadline approaches

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina legislators are getting their money's worth as a "crossover deadline" approaches.
     
That's a self-imposed deadline for bills that don't require tax changes.

One of those proposed bill looks dead. It would overturn outdoor smoking bans.
     
But senators went home for the week without talking about the bill. It's possible for it to come up in other forms, but it's raised heavy criticism especially from some college campuses.

But in the House, a bill aimed at stopping abortions got initial approval.
     
The bill would outlaw health care plans that include abortion services under the federal Affordable Care Act. It would also allow any medical professional to refuse abortions and for businesses to refuse to provide contraception.

And the head of "Americans for Tax Reform" threw his support behind the state Senate's tax plan.
     
Grover Norquist says North Carolina senators are proposing a forward looking and well thought thorough plan. Broadly speaking, the Senate plan will lower income and sales tax rates, but make more things taxable.
     
Representative Pete Brunstetter says the Senate will unveil its complete budget plan on Sunday.

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