RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The commission studying compensation for victims of North Carolina's defunct eugenics program is planning to discuss preliminary recommendations for victims.

The Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning in Raleigh.

The panel has to send a draft report to Gov. Beverly Perdue by Aug. 1. A final report is due early next year.

Roughly 7,600 people were sterilized under North Carolina's eugenics program, with the last procedure happening in 1974. That was the second-highest total in the U.S. after California.

State officials estimate that nearly 3,000 of the victims are still alive.

State Rep. Larry Womble has said he wants to see significant financial compensation for living victims. But the Forsyth County Democrat says that the state's budget difficulties make that a complicated issue.

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