McCrory signs 26 bills into law

GovPatMcCrory-HQRALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory signed 26 bills into law Thursday, most of them non-controversial. Here is a round-up:

  • House Bill 134 (House 115-0, Senate 46-0) provides that minors cannot be charged with soliciting for prostitution and must instead be taken into temporary protective custody as an undisciplined juvenile
  • House Bill 174 (House 110-2, Senate 49-0)  amends and enhances certain notice requirements and protections for tenants of real properties in foreclosure and other amendments to the Homebuyer Protection Act
  • House Bill 185 (House 100-6, Senate 47-0) repeals obsolete commissions within the Department of Cultural Resources and repeals a law relating to state agencies’  use of acid-free archival paper for public documents
  • House Bill 186 (House 100-6, Senate 44-0) requires the Environmental Review Commission to conduct a study of water resources availability in the Cape Fear River basin and to permit the Rules Review Commission to hire lawyers to represent it when it is sued by other state-created bodies
  • House Bill 229 (House 105-1, Senate 47-0) modifies the exemption for real estate property used for religious purposes and authorizes the holder of a limited driving privilege to drive to and from the person’s place of religious worship
  • House Bill 383 (House 106-0, Senate 44-0)  changes various sexual offense statutes to make them more easily distinguishable from one another as recommended by the North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • House Bill 397 (House 106-0, Senate 47-0)  clarifies that upon conviction for exploitation of an older adult or disabled adult, any seized assets shall be used to satisfy the defendant’s restitution obligation as ordered by the court
  • House Bill 446 (House 117-1, Senate 48-0)  amends the statutes governing bail bondsmen
  • House Bill 529 (House 100-5, Senate 47-0) repeals the punishment of revoking a person’s drivers license for committing certain driving-while-license-revoked offenses and makes driving-while-license-revoked a nonmoving violation for certain purposes
  • House Bill 562 (House 78-37, Senate 40-9) makes changes to the state’s firearms laws
  • House Bill 553 (House 88-16, Senate 48-1)  prohibits cities and counties from adopting ordinances regulating standard of care for farm animals
  • House Bill 607 (House 104-0, Senate 49-0) requires a credit card reporting agency to place a security freeze on a protected consumer’s consumer report upon request of the protected consumer’s authorized representative
  • House Bill 638 (House 119-0, Senate 49-0)  directs the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, to encourage wetland mitigation practices supportive of public recreation and hunting on mitigation sites
  • House Bill 651 (House 69-38, Senate 49-0)  bars civil actions filed after the period of record retention established under the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice or five years, whichever is greater, and requires appraisal management management companies to accept criminal background checks performed within the preceding 12 months
  • House Bill 721 (House 105-1, Senate 47-0) clarifies what types of financial assurance localities can require from a developer
  • House Bill 774 (House 74-34, Senate 33-16) authorizes a medical professional other than a physician to monitor lethal injection for death penalty executions and clarifies that matters relating to executions are not subject to rulemaking
  • House Bill 797 (House 117-0, Senate 47-0)  exempts from the definition of public record any registration or sensitive security information received or compiled by a city pursuant to an alarm registration ordinance
  • House Bill 823 (House 108-0, Senate 48-0) establishes a state Advisory Council on Rare Diseases
  • Senate Bill 82 (House 106-0, Senate 47-0)  Ensures the integrity of birth records presented for registration by requiring Registers of Deeds to clearly mark related documents that are not official birth records
  • Senate Bill 182 (House 106-2, Senate 47-0) regulates the use of automatic license plate readers
  • Senate Bill 183 (House 105-1, Senate 49-0) eliminates confinement in response to a violation for misdemeanor offenders sentenced under structured sentencing, as recommended by the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission
  • Senate Bill 192 ( House 109-0, Senate 46-0) Allows domestic violence protective orders, civil no-contact orders, and involuntary commitment orders to be transmitted by email and fax
  • Senate Bill 345 (House 110-0, Senate 46-0)  limits the period of time a vehicle can be impounded after a collision to 20 days unless a court order provides otherwise
  • Senate Bill 374 (House 82-24, Senate 45-2) prevents the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries from making a deal with the federal government to jointly enforce federal regulations in North Carolina’s state waters and beyond and makes changes to log-book requirements for commercial fishermen
  • Senate Bill 678 (House 90-14, Senate 49-0)  amends the debt collector statutes to more nearly conform to the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Senate Bill 679 (House 99-5, Senate 38-11) makes omnibus clarifications and conforming changes to the Consumer Finance Act.