Bill cracking down on masks headed to Gov. Cooper’s desk

CHARLOTTE — A bill cracking down on masks in North Carolina is now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

State House members passed the bill Tuesday along party lines. A previous bill removed the health and safety exemption from the state’s mask ban.

The new bill will allow people to wear surgical or medical masks to prevent the spread of contagious disease. It also increases punishment if someone wears a mask to conceal their identity while committing a crime.

It also bans people from blocking a road during a protest.

The bill also changes finance laws to allow federal super PACS to donate limited funds to state political parties. That money can then be given to candidates.

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