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Wed May 16, 2012
Lawmakers Start Short Session
Lawmakers got off to a running start today as they began this summer's short legislative session.
Jessica Jones: It was a busy day at the General Assembly today, where members of the House and the Senate formally began what's known as the short session. It's generally expected to last six weeks, but Republican leaders say their goal is to finish sooner than that. House lawmakers introduced a bill to pay victims of the state's eugenics program 50 thousand dollars each for their pain and suffering. The sterilization program was disbanded in 1974. Meanwhile, legislators filed another measure that would provide more than 200 million dollars worth of funding for a gap in Medicaid funds. And Senator Bob Rucho is sponsoring a controversial bill filed today that would legalize natural gas fracking within two years, despite concerns among Republicans the bill goes too far. And a measure that would allow Las-Vegas style gaming on the Eastern Cherokee Indian reservation gained early approval in a committee.