Democrats Block Executions Amendment On NC Doctor Licensing Bill

House Democrats have again stopped a Republican effort to allow executions to resume in North Carolina.

Supporters of capital punishment wanted a floor vote on an amendment to a North Carolina doctor licensing bill. The amendment would NOT have allowed the state Medical Board to discipline physicians for assisting at an execution.

Executions are effectively on hold in the state as judges hear arguments over lethal injection and the role a doctor may play. The medical board has threatened to punish any doctor who participates in an execution.

Last week, the amendment introduced by Representative David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican, was pulled due to technical errors. On a party-line vote last night, the House blocked debate on the bill without considering the amendment and then approved the licensing bill. Democrats then used another parliamentary move to prevent debate from reopening.