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Legislation Allowing Online Legal Documents Sent To Governor PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 15:33
Raleigh - The General Assembly has sent to the Governor legislation that allows online services to provide legal documents in the state.
 
House Bill 436 redefines the term "practice of law" by exempting services that provide blank legal documents, such as wills, lease agreements and promissory notes, that people can fill out online, purchase and print. The services, such as LegalZoom,  must register with the State Bar every year. Another requirement is each type of document must be a[proved by a licensed North Carolina attorney before going online. 
 
The services also must include a disclaimer that the online documents aren't a substitute for seeking legal advice, and any customer satisfaction disputes must be referred to the State Bar.
 
The State Bar and LegalZoom have been at odds for years, with Bar officials accusing the website of offering legal advice without a license. LegalZoom countered the Bar was trying to block competition.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 15:43
 
Governor McCrory Signs Bills Including a Law to Protect Privacy of Students Online PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:16
Raleigh - Governor Pat McCrory has signed the following bills into law:
 
House Bill 632 - A bill to establish new data privacy requirements for vendors of third-party online educational applications for K-12 students. Vendors would be prohibited from engaging in targeted advertising, renting or selling of information.
 
House Bill 357 - A bill to amend and clarify procedures governing the admissibility of written chemical analysis results. Current law provides that the defendant's failure to file a timely objection to the introduction of a chemical analyst's affidavit in district court shall be deemed a waiver of the right to object to the affidavit's admissibility. The bill adds a provision requiring that if such a waiver occurs, the affidavit be admitted into evidence without the analyst's testimony.
 
Guilford County Executive Appointed to Banking Commission PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:17
Raleigh - Bridget Chisholm of Guilford County has been appointed to the North Carolina State Banking Commission by the governor. 
 
The North Carolina State Banking Commission is authorized to supervise, direct, and review the exercise by the Commissioner of all powers, duties and functions vested in or exercised by the Commissioner under the banking laws of this State
 
Chisholm is Managing Partner of BWC Consulting, a firm that specializes in economic development financing and higher education advisory and consulting. As a 30-year corporate and entrepreneurial executive, she brings innovative, bold and practical insight to structuring public-private financing deals for colleges and universities as well as units of local government. She completed the state’s first design-build and New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) financing with Edgecombe County for its community college, which opened for class in January 2016. Since 2008, her innovation and entrepreneurial acumen have led to over $500 million in multi-layered and NMTC financing transactions, restructuring and developments in the midst of the nation’s economic downturn.
 
Additionally, she founded BWC Capital, LLC. Her experience also includes leading a $20 million, 700-employee, multi-unit restaurant franchise. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:13
 
Duke Energy Criticizes Veto of Coal Ash Bill PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 05:07

Duke Energy today issued the following statement regarding Governor McCrory's veto of Senate Bill 71. 

Senate Bill 71 has broad bipartisan support from lawmakers, the environmental and business communities who recognize the opportunity for North Carolina to continue leading on this issue.

We don't understand why the Governor would veto a bill that makes North Carolina'sCoal Ash law even stronger. Very importantly, it reconstitutes a Commission that will evaluate the safety and cost of any closure plan on customers.

The legislation gives our state the flexibility to make better basin closure decisions based on new information and the completion of facility improvement projects. Senate Bill 71 also encourages safe recycling of coal ash, which is non-hazardous, and gives plant neighbors certainty about their water quality. Extensive science and engineering studies demonstrate that basins are not impacting neighbor wells, but extending a permanent water supply to those neighbors benefits all customers because it preserves the wide range of closure options. 

 
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