Several new laws passed by the legislature this year took effective this week, including:
House Bill 252: Bail Bond/Bondsmen Provisions/Other Changes includes various clarifying and technical sections that become law this week while the remainder of the bill went into effect earlier this year.
House Bill 315: Arson Law Revisions provides descriptive changes to the laws currently on the books, including expanding the definition of “places of worship” to include synagogues, temples, longhouses and mosques, and increases the punishment for certain arson offenses.
House Bill 607: Various Court Changes makes several changes to the General Statutes requested by the Administrative Office of the Courts. One provision that went into effect this week gives magistrate additional authority to accept domestic violence ex parte orders or civil no-contact orders when a clerk’s office is closed.
House Bill 615: Jordan’s Law makes changes to the state’s domestic violence-related rules by removing enforcement gaps in domestic violence protective orders while waiting on courts to act. If a hearing for renewing a domestic violence protective order is scheduled for a date after the current order is set to expire, then a judge can temporarily renew the existing order, given they receive an ex parte application from the plaintiff. This could extend the order either to the date of the renewal hearing or 30 days from the date of expiration, whichever happens first.
House Bill 674: Require DNA Various Convictions/Other Matters also makes changes to the state’s domestic violence-related rules by requiring DNA samples from anyone convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity of various domestic violence and assault offenses. During this summer's bill signing, Governor Roy Cooper said it would “strengthen the state’s DNA database used to catch criminals by including domestic violence and assault crimes.” Another provision of the bill, which went into effect earlier this year, prevents sexual assault victims from being billed for forensic exams related to their assault.
House Bill 911: Regulatory Reform Act of 2022 contains several provisions adjusting state regulations that went into effect this week, including conforming the state standards for lead dust clearance levels to federal standards.
Senate Bill 201: Various Motor Vehicle and Transportation Law Changes incorporates requests made by the Department of Transportation, auto dealers, among other stakeholders, including the creation of a Class I felony for anyone possessions a stolen catalytic converter.
Senate Bill 339: 2022 Wildlife Resources Commission Amendments comes at the request of the Wildlife Resources Commission, in response to recent wildlife disease outbreaks throughout the state, and provides the Commission with the authority to charge an individual with a misdemeanor if that person breaks rules the Commission creates to respond to a wildlife disease emergency.
Senate Bill 424: Private Protective Services Licensing Modifications makes various changes to the definitions and classifications of private protective service personnel.
Senate Bill 766: Organized Retail Theft enforces more serious felonies when the value of property over a 90-day period exceeds $50,000. Crimes of “organized retail theft,” which include professional shoplifting and retail crime rings where a thief does not act alone, are already on the books, but now, store owners can recover stolen goods more quickly and sue thieves for specific damages.
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