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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A registered sex offender in North Carolina would be prevented from working as an emergency medical services worker under legislation approved overwhelmingly in the state House.

The House voted 117-1 on Monday night in favor of the bill. It would apply to people seeking credentials as an emergency medical technician or paramedic, or asking that those credentials be renewed. About 13,000 people are registered as sex offenders with local sheriffs.

Bill co-sponsor Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville said a similar bill was filed by predecessor Carolyn Justus last session after she became worried current state law didn’t protect patients from potential offenders.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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