The measure approved by the House Finance Committee on Wednesday came in response to the deaths of three infants over several months at a birthing center in Cary that closed last year. Bill sponsor Rep. Greg Murphy of Greenville says the Department of Health and Human Services had no legal authority to inspect such centers.
The bill creates a seven-member panel that would recommend to DHHS which applicants should be licensed, and new criminal offenses would be created for centers that don't cooperate or operate without a license.
The measure now goes to another House committee.
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