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Senate Passes Sen. Corbin’s bill to increase capacity of outdoor high school sports to 50% in WNC

Late Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed Sen. Corbin’s (R-Macon) bill to allow 50 percent capacity at outdoor high school sporting events.

 Under Gov. Roy Cooper’s current executive orders, capacity for sporting events is capped at 30 percent statewide. 

 Sen. Corbin said, “What is good for the Eastern part of the state and our Urban counties is not necessarily what is best for the West and our rural counties. This bill rights that wrong and makes it much easier for parents, friends, and family to watch loved ones compete in a safe, outdoor environment in our Western North Carolina Counties.”

While the bill allows specific counties to increase capacity of sporting events, it also allows local districts to remain control and implement stricter capacity limitations if deemed necessary. 

 The measure passed Monday night is a “local bill,” which means it applies only to specific counties. Gov. Cooper does not have the authority to veto a local bill, meaning once the NC House of Representatives vote on the bill today (Tuesday) if approved, the bill will become law. 

 The counties impacted by the legislation are: Alexander County, Catawba County, Cherokee County, Clay County, Cleveland County, Graham County, Haywood County, Jackson County, Lincoln County, Macon County, and Swain County.

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