NC legislator: Public records provision will be addressed

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Gov. Roy Cooper (Photo: WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top North Carolina legislator says lawmakers will soon will take another look at a bill that keeps certain police investigative records secret when forwarded to the state medical examiner.

House Majority Leader John Bell cited on Tuesday a health measure currently on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

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The measure sought by Cooper’s administration contains a provision that says certain death investigation records deemed confidential remain that way when handed to the medical examiner. Public records and prisoner advocates say the language makes probes into police or prison custody deaths less transparent.

Protesters outside the Executive Mansion on Tuesday urged Cooper to veto the bill.