By Kevin Maurer
A local lawmaker is one of the primary sponsors of legislation in the N.C. House to compensate victims of the state's former eugenics program, which during parts of the last century sterilized residents deemed unfit to reproduce.
Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover; House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg; Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham; and Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, introduced the bill Wednesday to provide tax-free payments of $50,000 per eugenics victim. A $10 million fund has been set up by the Department of the State Treasurer, according to Hamilton's release.
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