RALEIGH – A House committee overwhelming approved a bill to provide compensation for victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program.

Rep. Larry Womble of Forsyth County asked the committee to put North Carolina on the right side of history and approve the bill, which provides $50,000 to victims.

He made his first appearance at the legislature since a wreck in December.

News 14 Carolina’s senior political reporter Loretta Boniti has the latest.