Gov. Roy Cooper signed 13 bills on Wednesday and vetoed another that would have allowed nonprofits to hold game nights with raffles to include the consumption of alcohol.
Cooper feared that the bill could be used to legitimize Internet gambling, an industry the state has fought against for years.
As for the baker’s dozen he did sign, Cooper approved legislation to require that driver instruction in the state include information on proper procedures during a traffic stop.
Under the HB21, a set of procedures will be developed, with cooperation from the State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, to provide a description of the actions that a motorist should take during a traffic stop.
House Bill 27 will clarify when registration plates expire. The revised law says “The registration of a vehicle renewed by means of a new registration plate expires at midnight on the last day of the year in which the registration plate was issued. It is lawful, however, to operate the vehicle on a highway through midnight February 15 of the following year.”
Cooper signed a bill that will authorize transportation of oversize and overweight vehicles after sunset when transporting equipment and cargo to or from international ports.
Cooper signed a charter schools bill that will extend the amount of time a charter school has to elect a become a participating employer in the teachers and state employee retirement system from the end of the initial year of operation to the end of the second year of the operation of the school.
House Bill 190 will reduce the amount of time that a firefighter serving with a certified fire department must serve in order to receive financial assistance from a local firefighter’s relief fund.
The former requirement was that a firefighter served for five years with a certified department. Now the only requirement is that he or she serves honorably with a certified fire department.
Another bill that Cooper signed will reauthorize a special sorority registration plate for the Zeta Phi Beta sorority.
House Bill 224 will require a court to attempt to identify outstanding warrants before entering an order in a criminal case only in cases in which the defendant is in custody.
The bill was based on a recommendation from the NC Courts Commission.
Cooper also signed a technical corrections bill that was created as a result of recommendations from the General Statutes Commission.
House Bill 248 will make changes to the adult home care and nursing home advisory committee to conform to the administration for community living rules and to account for recent changes to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.
Senate Bill 8 will make changes to building code provisions for constructing parking garages, storm water runoff requirements in regards to public airports and also a change to the Lincolnton-Lincoln Airport Authority.
Senate Bill 69 will require that the Local Government Commission notify finance officers when they are required to participate in training related to the powers, duties, and responsibilities of finance officer. The bill also requires the employing local government or public authority to notify the Commission when the finance officer or other employee has completed the required training.
The governor signed another bill that originated from recommendations from experts in their respective fields in the form of a recommendation from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians in regards to the management of dogs, cats and ferrets exposed to rabies.
The change throws out the current guidelines in favor of using the recommendations from the association, based on the most recent edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control.
The last bill Cooper signed authorized the production of a new special registration plate for the Pisgah Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to the well being and betterment of the Pisgah Ranger District.