Bill raising NC graffiti punishments get Senate’s initial OK

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Tougher penalties for people who spray or scribble on public or private property in North Carolina is nearing Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The Senate gave tentative approval Tuesday to legislation creating a new crime called “graffiti vandalism” that would result in a low-grade felony and possible time behind bars on a third conviction.

Current law only addresses graffiti on public buildings and monuments, or general damage to real property.

The measure has already passed the House by a wide margin. Its Asheville-area sponsors seek to address concerns about vandalism in the city. But the legislation would apply statewide.

One more final vote is expected Wednesday, although a possible amendment if approved would require a signoff by the House.

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