Bill Summary for H 477 (2015-2016)

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Apr 1 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 477 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 1, 2015
AN ACT TO EXEMPT GOVERNMENT‑ISSUED MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL FROM DISCLOSURE AS A PUBLIC RECORD.
Intro. by Malone, Saine, Faircloth, McNeill.

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Identical to S 516, filed 3/25/15.

Creates a new provision, GS 153A-148.2, requiring all counties to comply with requests from certain non-elected local, state and federal law enforcement personnel to remove the law enforcement personnel’s personal information, including address and telephone number from any Internet website maintained by the county and available to the general public, including tax records. Creates identical requirements for municipalities in new GS 160A-208.2. The law enforcement personnel authorized to make such requests of local governments are federal, state, or local law enforcement officers, state criminal magistrates, assistant district attorneys, North Carolina Department of Justice prosecutors, United States Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, and federal judges. 

Requires that information removed from local government websites under these new provisions remain public records if it would otherwise be subject to disclosure under Chapter 132 of the General Statutes.  States that requests from law enforcement personnel under these new provisions are not public records and must be kept confidential. Provides immunity for local governments and their officials, agents, and employees for good faith actions implementing the new provisions but states that such officials, employees, or agents may be subject to liability as permitted by the laws of the state if their actions were outside the scope of their official duties. 

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