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Five Bills Become Law With Governor's Signature PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 28 August 2015 05:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina has added five more laws to the books. This week Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law:

S.B. 52 - Under current law, only a few cities and towns, including Wilmington, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, are authorized to use modern payment methods to activate parking meters. This bill authorizes all cities to allow activation of parking meters by coins, tokens, cash, credit cards, debit cards, or other electronic means.
S.B. 185 - A bill to clarify credit for time served as recommended by the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.
H.B. 268 - A bill to make various changes as recommended by the Department of Transportation. The bill modifies highway quick clearance procedures to allow the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle with concurrence of a law enforcement officer. Under current law, only a law enforcement officer can clear a vehicle. This authority will help during snow and ice events. The bill also authorizes a necessary permit for an economic development project in Charlotte. Last, the bill extends the sunset for the Department's program for participation by disadvantaged and minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
S.B. 332 - A bill to enable registers of deeds to collect additional fees for indexing instruments that contain exhibits with multiple enterable parties.
S.B. 446 - A bill to provide for the uniform treatment of franchised dealer loaner vehicles, to clarify that agents or agencies of the state or a political subdivision of the state shall have authority to provide and operate unmanned aircraft systems upon approval of the State Chief Information Officer and to modify the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems to conform to FAA guidelines, and to authorize Brunswick County to regulate navigable waters within its boundaries.

Ag Officials Continue Prep For Avian Flu With Info Sessions For Backyard Poultry Owners PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 05:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State agriculture officials have been warning farmers and poultry producers about the possibility of bird flu coming to North Carolina, and now they're reaching out to backyard poultry owners.

Five regional meetings will help inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall.

The sessions will feature veterinarians from the Agriculture Department and N.C. State University. They'll update owners on plans to protect commercial poultry and backyard flocks as well.

Registration is at www.ncagr.gov/avianflu. The meetings are as follows:

* Sept. 1, Guilford County Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
Contact: Karen Neill, 336-641-2400
* Sept. 2, Union County Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe
Contact: Kelly Liddington, 704-283-2801
* Sept. 4, Nash County Center, 1006 Eastern Ave., Nashville
Contact: Charlie Tyson, 252-459-9810
* Sept. 8, Duplin County Center, 165 Agriculture Dr., Kenansville
Contact: Amanda Hatcher, 910-296-2143
* Sept. 11, Burke County Center, 130 Ammons Dr., Morganton
Contact: Spring Williams, 828-439-4460

New Law Gives Relief To Sex Offender Victims, Decreases Frequency Of Parole Options PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 05:18

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Victims of violent sexual crimes won't have to deal with parole hearings each year that can force them to relive the ordeal, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Under Senate Bill 675, the time between parole hearings for sex offenders is lengthened from one year to two years. The law effects certain violent sexual crimes.

Victims of crimes sometimes appear at parole hearings to argue for continued prison time.

Former Ambassador Jim Cain Named To North Carolina Awards Committee PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 August 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A familiar name in North Carolina will help guide the Cultural Resources department in selecting award winners.

The Honorable Jim P. Cain, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, is one of several people who will take seats on the North Carolina Awards Committee.

Cain worked for the international law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton for 20 years, co-founding the firm's Research Triangle office in 1985. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes and their parent company for two years.

Joining Cain is Nancy H. Temple, formerly of Progress Energy. She served in the administration of North Carolina Governor Jim Martin and was his Chief of Staff from 1989 to 1993.  

Lenard D. Moore will also join the committee. He is Assistant Professor of English at Mount Olive College. 


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