FREEDOM OF SPEECH/PRESS/EXERCISE OF RELIGION.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 781 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 14, 2020
AN ACT TO LIMIT PROVISIONS OF AN EXECUTIVE ORDER OR LOCAL ORDINANCES FROM PROHIBITING OR RESTRICTING THE PUBLIC PRESS, PROTEST, OR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY.
Intro. by Britt, Daniel, Hise.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate action) (May 18 2020)

Bill History:

S 781

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 15 2020 - More information

    Includes whereas clauses.

    Amends GS 166A-19.30 and GS 166A-19.31 to prohibit the Governor or the governing body of a municipality or county, respectively, from restricting through an executive order, or through ordinances, prohibitions, or restrictions, any: (1) public press organization conducting activities in an emergency area in the normal course of business; (2) time, place, or manner of peaceable, nonviolent, or nonthreatening activity in an emergency area intended to express political views or to provide lawful information to others; or (3) religious institution in an emergency area from conducting regular business or congregating for worship services during a state of emergency (allows the issuance of nonbinding recommendations requesting religious institutions prohibit or restrict regular business or congregating). 

    Appropriates $2,500 in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the NC Sheriffs' Association, Inc., to educate local law enforcement officers on the act's requirements. Appropriates $2,500 in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the NC Association of Chiefs of Police, to educate local law enforcement officers on the act's requirements. Effective July 1, 2020.

    Applies to executive orders, ordinances, prohibitions, and restrictions issued after May 31, 2020.


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