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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — One of North Carolina’s top legislative
leaders says the state should agree next year to pay victims of a
state program that forced people to undergo sterilizations decades
ago.

The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that House Speaker
Thom Tillis wants the Legislature to vote next
year on a plan to compensate those sterilized under the authority
of a state panel.

The Mecklenburg County Republican says he’s not ready to
recommend how much victims should be paid.

Tillis says approving a compensation plan would show state
officials are serious about trying to redeem a dark chapter in
North Carolina history even if money isn’t available next year.

The state Eugenics Board authorized sterilizing about 7,600
North Carolinians deemed unfit to have children between 1929 and
1974.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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