NC Senate won't consider dog breeding bill in 2014

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 7:35 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he hopes a flap over a recorded conversation between a senator and activists supporting dog breeding legislation he and his wife supported won't scuttle the legislation this year.

McCrory said Monday that there is no reason to stop good legislation after state Senate leaders announced they wouldn't hear the "puppy mill" legislation in 2014 because they think the audio was being used to try to "politically extort" lawmakers into passing the bill.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca says Sen. Bill Rabon was recorded without his knowledge. The Brunswick County Republican didn't return phone and email messages, but Apodaca says Rabon talked about changing the bill.

Brunswick County resident Janie Withers confirmed she taped the conversation but says that was not illegal.

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