Public Safety (89)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 7/9/2018

H 0009 EnactedAllow Election Day Service - Retired LEOs John Fraley
6/22/2018 Ch. SL 2018-25 SP RulesOS
Budgeting & Fiscal Control Personnel Public Safety

Allows county boards of elections to employ retired law enforcement officers on any election day, without causing suspension of the officer’s special separation allowance. (version 1)

H 0021 EnactedDriver Instruction/Law Enforcement Stops Kenneth Goodman
7/12/2017 Ch. SL 2017-95 Trans Trans
General Government Public Safety
Companion bill to SB 453

Adds instructions on procedures a driver should follow during a traffic stop to the state's driver license handbook and driver education curriculum. (version 1)

H 0037 MonitorProtect Law Enforcement Officers Christopher Malone
4/27/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy III RulesOS
Personnel Public Safety

Creates legal remedies for municipal law enforcement officers who, acting as whistleblowers, report evidence of illegal activity to their supervisors, and protects those same officers from retaliation for their reports. (version 1)

H 0063 HighCitizens Protection Act of 2017 Harry Warren
3/14/2017 Re-ref Com On Finance Judy II -
Public Safety Taxation & Finance

Adds a penalty to existing law that prohibits municipalities from implementing policies, ordinances, or procedures that limit or restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws. The penalties proposed under this bill would withhold from violating municipalities the sales and excise tax distributions collected by the State for beer and wine, telecommunications, video programming, and piped natural gas. The bill also makes other changes related to identification of persons and criminal pre-trial procedures for undocumented aliens. (version 1)

H 0094 MonitorEmergency Management/Drone Use Michael Speciale
4/13/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy III RulesOS
Public Safety

Creates an exception to state law that otherwise limits the use of unmanned aircraft, to allow use of these aircraft by emergency management services personnel, when acting in the scope of their duties. (version 1)

H 0098 EnactedCrim. Offense/Vandalize Fire & EMS Equipment Nelson Dollar
6/30/2017 Ch. SL 2017-89 Judy II RulesOS
Public Safety
Creates a new misdemeanor offense for injuring, destroying, removing, vandalizing, or tampering with firefighting or emergency medical services machinery or equipment. (version 1)
H 0099 MonitorThe Antidiscrimination Act of 2017 Rodney Moore
2/15/2017 Ref to the Com on Judiciary III, if favorable, State and Local Government II, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Judy III -
Public Safety

Prohibits law enforcement officers from engaging in discriminatory profiling; directs collection and reporting of certain data related to traffic stops and homicides; and adds additional educational requirements regarding discriminatory profiling and data storage to law enforcement officers’ training curriculum. (version 1)

H 0113 MonitorPvt Action Local Compliance/Immigration Laws George Cleveland
4/27/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy I RulesOS
Liability Public Safety

Creates a new cause of action for any local government resident against their unit of local government, when that person believes the local government did not comply with state laws related to acceptance of identity documents or enforcement of federal immigration laws; authorizes an action for declaratory and injunctive relief; awards attorney’s fees and court costs payments to the prevailing party in these actions; and allows a court to impose a penalty against a local governmental unit that fails to comply with a court’s order in these actions, up to $10,000/day. (version 1)

H 0128 EnactedProhibit Drone Use Over Prison/Jail Allen McNeill
7/25/2017 Ch. SL 2017-179 Trans Trans
General Government Public Safety
H 0138 EnactedRevise Gang Laws Allen McNeill
7/27/2017 Ch. SL 2017-194 Judy II RulesOS
Public Safety

Creates new definitions for behavior associated with criminal gang activity and increases the criminal penalties associated with engaging in those activities. (version 1)

H 0165 MonitorCitizens Review Boards Established Rodney Moore
2/23/2017 Ref to the Com on State and Local Government I, if favorable, Judiciary III SLG I -
Personnel Public Safety

Authorizes cities and counties to create citizen review boards for the purpose of investigating certain misconduct by law enforcement officers in that jurisdiction. Allows these boards to investigate complaints against law enforcement officers made by members of the public; review internal investigations, including personnel records; subpoena witnesses; compel the production of evidence; and make decisions on disciplinary actions, among other powers. (version 1)

H 0181 HighFirst Responders Act of 2017 Harry Warren
4/4/2017 Re-ref Com On Finance Judy III -
NCLM Goal Public Safety Taxation & Finance

Among other changes aimed at incentivizing service in emergency personnel positions, this bill would achieve an NCLM goal of providing additional resources to lessen the strain on sworn law enforcement officers when providing custody of individuals in crisis. The bill does so by authorizing other individuals to perform these services, including commissioned company police officers and certain security officers. Creates a new homestead exclusion from payment of local property taxes for surviving spouses of emergency personnel officers who were killed in the line of duty. Directs a study and report by the N.C. Department of Transportation to examine issues related to interstate access by emergency personnel during periods of road construction. (version 1)

H 0242 MonitorLicense Plate Reader Systems in State ROWs John Faircloth
4/27/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Trans RulesOS
Public Safety Transportation

Establishes the circumstances under which the State and local governments may encroach right of way encumbered by above-ground utility easements, for the purposes of locating an automatic license plate reader system. (version 1)

H 0243 EnactedStrengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act Gregory Murphy
6/29/2017 Ch. SL 2017-74 HEALTH HC
Public Safety
Companion bill to SB 175

Allows health practitioners to prescribe an opioid antagonist standing order to any governmental or nongovernmental organization, including a law enforcement agency. Correspondingly, the bill authorizes these organizations to distribute the opioid antagonist to certain individuals at risk of an opiate-related overdose, and grants them immunity from any civil or criminal liability for these actions. Recommends an appropriation to increase community-based treatment and recovery services for substance abuse disorders. Makes other changes related to dispensing and tracking opioid prescriptions. (version 1)

H 0249 MonitorEconomic Terrorism John Torbett
4/5/2017 Re-ref Com On Judiciary II RulesCOH -
Public Safety Transportation

Creates new criminal offenses for certain actions that interrupt the regular course of business, cause damages in excess of $1,000, and are committed with an intent to intimidate. More specifically, allows government agencies—including municipalities—to bring a civil suit to recover public safety costs related to these acts. Finally, requires mayors to dispatch law enforcement officers to clear a “mass traffic obstruction” (defined in the bill) that occurs within that jurisdiction. (version 1)

H 0280 MonitorJuvenile Justice Reinvestment Act Charles McGrady
5/18/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy I RulesOS
Public Safety

Increases the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include 16- and 17-year-olds, except for certain penalties. Institutes new law enforcement officer training requirements and standards related to juvenile justice issues. Among other related changes, creates a new Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee, whose membership includes one police chief. (version 1)

H 0287 MonitorRed Light Cameras/Hope Mills & Spring Lake Marvin Lucas
4/21/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II RulesOS
General Government Local Bills Public Safety Taxation & Finance

Adds the towns of Hope Mills and Spring Lake to a 2016 local act allowing certain municipalities to negotiate for the return of a portion of fees paid by motorists that run red lights. Places certain restrictions on the contracting authority of these two towns for lease of their red light camera equipment, and sets the fee that may be charged at $100. (version 1)

H 0310 EnactedWireless Communications Infrastructure Siting Jason Saine
7/21/2017 Ch. SL 2017-159 EPU SLG
Communications Economic Development Planning & Land Use Public Safety Transportation
companion bill to SB 377

Eliminates most municipal zoning authority related to small cell wireless installations. Forces cities to undertake an expedited wireless application review process. Limits the amounts a city may charge applicants for application reviews and use of the right of way. Reduces a city’s control of access to the public’s right of way, among numerous other restrictions. (version 1)

H 0315 MonitorKelsey Smith Act Patricia Hurley
3/30/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Judy I RulesOS
Communications Information Technology Public Safety

Allows a law enforcement agency or public safety answering point, in certain emergency situations, to request a user’s cell phone call location data from a wireless service provider. Offers immunity to wireless service providers in these situations, and creates a state-level database of emergency contact information for all wireless service providers registered to do business in the state. (version 1)

H 0324 MonitorPilot Project to Treat Opiate Overdose Robert Davis
3/15/2017 Re-ref Com On Appropriations Judy I -
Budget Local Bills Public Safety

Appropriates $250,000 to the NC Department of Public Safety to form a quick response team of emergency responders from the City of Wilmington, who will work with agency personnel to address needs of opiate overdose victims and their family members. (version 1)

H 0325 EnactedAmend Arson Law Allen McNeill
6/22/2018 Ch. SL 2018-31 Judy II RulesOS
Budget Personnel Public Safety

Amends the aggravating factors listed in existing arson laws, adding law enforcement officers and fire investigators to the list of emergency personnel who, if they suffer serious bodily injury while discharging their duties due to arson, cause an increase in the class of felony committed. Also appropriates funds to create a resource position in the Conference of District Attorneys to assist emergency responders and others in arson and homicide cases, and appropriates funds to develop related training programs. (version 1)

H 0337 EnactedUnmanned Aircraft Systems Law Revisions John Torbett
7/21/2017 Ch. SL 2017-160 Trans Trans
Public Safety
Among other changes, creates an exception to state law that otherwise limits the use of unmanned aircraft, to allow use of these aircraft by emergency management services personnel, when acting within the scope of their duties. Ensures that the processes put in place at the state level for permitting the commercial operation of unmanned aircraft aligns with corresponding federal processes. (version 1)
H 0345 MonitorOmnibus Firearms Bill Michael Speciale
3/15/2017 Ref To Com On Judiciary I Judy I -
Parks & Recreation Public Safety
Among other changes, allows concealed or open carry of guns, rifles, pistols, or other firearms of any kind, for persons participating in a school’s extracurricular activities, so long as that activity occurs in a public place, such as a public park. Also enlarges the list of persons entitled to carry, whether concealed or open, weapons at school extracurricular activities to sworn law enforcement officers, whether on-duty or off-duty.  (version 1)
H 0350 MonitorCharlotte CRB/Issue Subpoena Rodney Moore
3/15/2017 Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH -
Local Bills Personnel Public Safety

Gives authority to the Charlotte Citizen Review board to subpoena witnesses and compel the production of evidence, to aid in citizen review of the police disciplinary process. (version 1)

H 0388 EnactedModernize Mutual Assistance Statutes Allen McNeill
6/25/2018 Ch. SL 2018-87 SLG II RulesOS
General Government Public Safety
Allows the head of a local government law enforcement agency to provide temporary mutual aid to a requesting agency without specific authorization from the local governing board, unless the board adopted an ordinance specifically prohibiting or limiting such mutual aid. (version 1)
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