- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Efforts to clamp down on local government rules that tell businesses how much they must pay workers or how they treat tenants did not get enough support in the General Assembly before lawmakers adjourned.

But the legislature still approved an unrelated sex education and licensed counselor bill that had included those restrictions.

The Senate voted early Wednesday to accept a House version of a bill that would broaden expert qualifications behind curriculum that middle-school teachers could use for sex education. The bill now heading to Gov. Pat McCrory also would require sex education to include instruction on the dangers of sex trafficking and adjusts qualifications for counseling licenses.

The local government restrictions had been added after House and Senate negotiators met in private.

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