A House bill introduced Wednesday would offer $50,000 to people ordered sterilized under the authority of the state Eugenics Board. The board authorized thousands of sterilizations from 1933 to 1974. Rep. Larry Womble, a Winston-Salem Democrat, has been working for years for victim compensation. House Speaker Thom Tillis took up the cause last year.
Under the bill, the state Industrial Commission would determine individuals' eligibilty. Eligible people would receive the $50,000 tax free. An initial committee meeting on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday.