NC Legislature Takes First Steps Into Fight Over Executions

The debate over the role of doctors in executions has effectively shut down capital punishment in North Carolina.

Now, state lawmakers are weighing in.

Republican state Senator Phil Berger has filed a bill that says doctors could take part in executions without being punished.

\That bill comes after a Democrat and long-time death penalty opponent in the Senate asked for a moratorium while the lethal injection process is studied.

The state Medical Board last month adopted a policy that allows it to punish any doctor who participates in an execution. But state law requires a doctor to be present at executions.