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Jun 14, 2018

Party recommendation on Senate vacancy approved

Raleigh (AP) The North Carolina General Assembly has decided new restrictions should be placed upon North Carolina’s governor when the governor names someone to temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat vacated by death or resignation. The House gave final legislative approval June 13 to a measure requiring the governor to appoint someone from a list of […]

Jun 11, 2018

NC police could get access to painkiller prescription data

RALEIGH (AP) A proposal in North Carolina’s legislature would let law officers access a statewide database recording who is prescribing controlled drugs from morphine to codeine. The move is part of the General Assembly’s efforts to grapple with the opioid epidemic. State officials say more than 13,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses since […]

Jun 8, 2018

Rape kit tracking system advances at NC legislature

RALEIGH (AP) Lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly have advanced legislation creating a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits. Identical bills receiving Senate approval and tentative House approval June 7 stem from a February audit that counted about 15,000 untested rape kits were held by law enforcement agencies across the state. Attorney […]

Jun 6, 2018

Sexual-assault kit tracking bill OK’d by Senate committee

RALEIGH (AP) A bill establishing a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits so victims can follow them through the process got approval June 5 from one North Carolina legislative committee. But some legislators and the attorney general are asking: Where’s the money? A state Senate judiciary committee gave a favorable report to a new […]

Jun 5, 2018

Bill prevents primary losers from running in new parties

RALEIGH (AP) Some North Carolina legislators think it’s wrong that a primary election could switch and run in November as the nominee of a new political party. The House approved omnibus election legislation June 4 that would in part extend the state’s current “sore loser” prohibitions to situations anticipated this year. The Green Party is a […]

May 1, 2015

The LegalZoom Zone

Representatives of, a popular self-help legal website, and the North Carolina State Bar cannot seem to agree on the ramifications of a pending bill that would tweak the statutory definition of what it means to practice law in this state, despite the fact that both camps had a hand in crafting the legislation.

Apr 21, 2015

New, old ways to elect state appellate judges advance in House

Legislators on Monday supported both old and new ways for North Carolina appellate court judges to earn eight-year terms on the bench.

Apr 21, 2015

Bill raises penalties related to group-home abuse

A bill designed to better protect group-home residents from abuse and report violence against clients has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

Mar 20, 2015

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state […]

Mar 10, 2015

Legislator attempts to allay police-citizen conflict

Recent violent confrontations involving police and citizens in other states have raised interest in a bill that would address potential racial or ethnic profiling by law enforcement in North Carolina.

May 1, 2014

‘Stand your ground’ law tested in recent shootings

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in. The two recent cases take the “stand […]

Jun 14, 2013

Bill would warn viewers their TV is watching them

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano is pushing legislation he says will require television watchers be given a warning before their television set starts to watch them back.

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