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NC House votes to allow lawsuits against terrorists

The N.C. House approved a bill that would allow victims of a terrorist attack to sue the terrorist.

House Bill 371 also allows victims to sue anyone who “aids or abets, solicits, or conspires to commit an act of terror or who lends material support to an act of terror.” The vote Wednesday night was unanimous.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Chris Whitmire of Transylvania County, said several other states have approved similar laws. The lawsuit claims could come on top of any other legal claims a victim might have.

“The Boston Marathon this week is just a reminder why we need to do everything we can about those who have sinister intentions to harm our nation,” he said.

The bill heads next to the Senate.