House Republicans Lay Out Voter ID Bill Process

North Carolina House leaders say the process to create a bill requiring photo identification for citizens to vote will be slow so lawmakers can receive public input about what such a mandate should look like.

Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday at a news conference that Republicans will take a "deliberative, responsible and interactive approach" before passing a yet-written bill in his chamber sometime next month.

The process begins Wednesday with the first of many House Elections Committee meetings before a bill is rolled out in about three weeks. Committee chairman Rep. David Lewis says some groups oppose voter ID on principle but they'll also have a chance to influence the final product.

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed photo ID in 2011. Current GOP Gov. Pat McCrory supports the idea.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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