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RALEIGH, NC (WRAL) — State Senate leaders said Monday they plan to kill legislation that would regulate so-called puppy mills in North Carolina after an audiotape leaked of a top Republican senator criticizing the bill and the House lawmakers who passed it last year.

Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, met Jan. 16 in his district with constituents to discuss House Bill 930, which sets minimum animal care standards for commercial dog breeders in the state.

The House passed the bill last May with the support of Gov. Pat McCrory and first lady Ann McCrory, but it hasn’t yet been acted upon by the Senate. The governor last week listed passage of the legislation among his 2014 priorities.

Rabon, however, told constituents during a profanity-laced, 90-minute meeting that the bill was dead on arrival last year. He said the Senate had already decided not to act on the bill in the General Assembly’s upcoming short session.

“That bill is not going to pass,” Rabon told the group. “Angels in heaven cannot make that bill pass.”

Gov. McCrory addressed the senator’s remarks at the State Port today. He called the idea of secret recording “disgusting political tactics.”

“It’s disappointing that tactics were used,” McCrory said. “Just because someone uses foolish tactics is no reason to stop good productive legislative which needs to pass in North Carolina.”

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  • guest000000

    He could’ve conveyed that without the extremely vulgar references. Instead he made his boorish behavior the focus, not his concerns about the bill.

  • brunslife

    Why is everyone so angry about this? Sen. Rabon does not think the bill is strong enough. If you are going to do something do it right otherwise your wasting time. I am without question an animal lover but why pass a bill just to say you did it that in the end does not really accomplish anything. Senator Rabon, good job!

  • guest000000

    Real Classy, Bill. As a veterinarian, you may have valid objections to this puppy mill bill (what they could be, I have no idea) but you have completely lost all respectability in that argument. As an elected official you are expected to conduct yourself as such IN A MEETING WITH YOUR OWN CONSTITUENTS. And it’s not like you slipped up and let a common everyday curse slip, these were calculated pronouncements on your part. Were you sober? I’m trying to think of any excuse. You could have conveyed the exact same sentiment with language much more professional. I just hope one of those p****** in the house don’t show up and your front door.

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