Under the Dome

Second eugenics payments issued

A second disbursement has been made to victims of eugenics in North Carolina, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Each victim is entitled to receive about $50,000 under a bill Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law in 2013. About a year ago, victims received a disbursement of $20,000, and this second round provides an additional $15,000.

State lawmakers and governors talked about eugenics compensation for years without enacting legislation to accomplish it. In 2011, new House Speaker Thom Tillis made it a priority and the General Assembly passed a bill in 2012.

The McCrory administration identified more than 200 people who were sterilized under a state-sponsored eugenics program. A $10 million compensation fund was established in last year’s budget.