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North Carolina lawmakers push bill to ban most public mask wearing, citing crime – Times of India

RALEIGH: Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are pushing forward with their plan to repeal a pandemic-era law that allowed the wearing of masks in public for health reasons, a move spurred in part by demonstrations against the war in Gaza that have included masked protesters camped out on college campuses. The legislation cleared the Senate on Wednesday in a 30-15 vote along party lines despite several attempts by state Senate Democrats to change the bill.The bill, which would raise penalties for someone who wears a mask while committing a crime, including arrested protesters, could still be altered as it heads back to the House. Opponents of the bill say it risks the health of those masking for safety reasons. But those backing the legislation say it is a needed response to the demo...