The House gave final approval Tuesday to creating a system to track rape kits collected as evidence by law enforcement agencies statewide.
The unanimous vote came after Democratic criticism of a parliamentary maneuver that prevented any amendments from being considered.
Rep. Billy Richardson, D-Cumberland, had planned to propose an amendment that would include $2 million to test hundreds of rape kits sitting in evidence lockers at police departments and sheriff's offices across North Carolina.
"We hiding behind procedure," Richardson said. "We don't have the guts to stand up and push a button up or down, right or wrong." Read more here.