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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s low-profile first lady has stepped into public political advocacy in state government for the first time.

Ann McCrory wrote to members of a House judiciary panel thanking them for voting this week for a bill setting minimum care standards at large commercial dog-breeding operations. The bill would make breaking the rules punishable by a misdemeanor. It will likely to come to the floor next week.

The wife of Gov. Pat McCrory says in the letter the issue is very important to her and people across the state and hopes legislators will continue to press for higher standards for the dog breeders. Ann McCrory says the policies increase the quality of life in North Carolina and care for dogs.

The governor and his wife own a dog named Mo.

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