RALEIGH – State lawmakers are making another attempt to derail North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act.

A bill which would have overturned this law which allows death row inmates to argue race played into their sentence was vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue.

The House lacked the votes for a veto override, but now has put forward what it is calling a compromised change.

In April, a Cumberland County judge ruled that this man was unjustly sentenced to death because of his race. He will now be serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

His case was based on the Racial Justice Act, where statistical data can be used by a death row inmate to prove his sentencing was biased.

Some lawmakers say this law is too vague and needs to be changed.

“The spectacle of virtually every person on death row who was sentenced to death for cold-blooded murder, claiming racial prejudice no matter what their race was, screamed the deficiencies in Senate Bill 461,” said Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake.

A new proposal introduced Wednesday morning greatly narrows the scope of the Racial Justice Act. It only allows the race of the defendant to be considered under the act, not the victim or the jury.

It also limits the statistical bias to the county or prosecutorial district where the act occurred, limiting the information that is available.

“North Carolina continues to go backwards,” said Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth. “When we will knowingly allow racial discrimination in our criminal justice system?”

By its title, the bill said it is looking to amend the current law, but opponents of the change said this will ultimately gut the Racial Justice Act.

This proposal was passed out of committee on a party line vote. District attorneys across the have asked for a repeal of the Racial Justice Act.