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For magistrate recusal, abortion waiting times and the death penalty, the ACLU flunks the N.C. General Assembly in session report card

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It's been a few weeks since the N.C. General Assembly cobbled together a budget compromise and finally adjourned 2015's marathon session. Enough time for the ACLU of N.C. to assemble its session report card, released today, which pans state lawmakers for their adoption of handful of hotly-contested bills this year.

That includes Senate Bill 2, which allowed magistrates to opt out of performing marriages after same-sex marriage was legalized this year. And then there's House Bill 774, which gave state officials the power to hide the source of execution drugs and remove the requirement that a doctor be present for all executions. And, of course, House Bill 465, which tripled the waiting period on abortions to 72 hours. 

The left-leaning group, which has frequently criticized GOP leadership this year, called this year's session a "major setback for civil liberties." The report card allows you to check where each of the state's lawmakers voted on these and other key bills in 2015. 

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