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Bill Raising NC Graffiti Punishments Gets Senate's Initial OK


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 unanimously. The bipartisan bill's sponsors include several from the Asheville area concerned about such vandalism in the city. But the legislation would apply statewide.

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

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