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Former North Carolina lawmaker Parmon recalled by colleagues

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former colleagues of a late North Carolina General Assembly member recalled her for taking on tough issues and caring for people in need.

The Senate and House approved a resolution Tuesday honoring Earline Parmon, who died in March at age 72. The Forsyth County Democrat was elected to the state Senate in 2012 after serving in the House for 10 years. Before that, she was a county commissioner.

Legislators talked on the floor about Parmon’s efforts to financially compensate those sterilized under North Carolina’s defunct eugenics program. She also sponsored a law so convicted murderers could have death sentences reduced to life in prison if they could prove racial bias influenced the outcome of their cases.

Parmon left the Senate in early 2015 to join U.S. Rep. Alma Adams’ staff.

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