With no debate, the Senate passed by a 38-0 vote the amended version of Senate Bill 584, Criminal Law Reform.

As Carolina Journal reported, the measure would prevent local governments from creating new misdemeanors without the General Assembly’s approval. Bill sponsor Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, called the measure a first step down a much longer path toward rewriting and simplifying North Carolina’s criminal code.

The bill was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper.

For more on reforming North Carolina’s criminal code, read JLF Mike Schietzelt’s report here.