AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR DISRUPTING AN OFFICIAL MEETING OF A PUBLIC BODY.
Amends GS 14-288.4 by expanding upon what constitutes disorderly conduct to include engaging in conduct which disturbs the peace or order of an official meeting of a public body (defined as any elected or appointed authority, board, commission, committee, council, or other body of the State, or of one or more counties, cities, school administrative units, UNC constituent institutions, or other political subdivisions or public corporations in the state that (1) is composed of two or more members and (2) exercises or is authorized to exercise a legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative, or advisory function; also includes the governing board of a public hospital and the governing board of any nonprofit corporation to which a hospital facility has been sold or conveyed, any subsidiary of such nonprofit corporation, and any nonprofit corporation owning the corporation to which the hospital facility has been sold or conveyed). Makes such a violation a Class 1 misdemeanor for a first offense, a Class I felony for a second offense, and a Class H felony for a third or subsequent offense. Makes organizational changes.
Repeals GS 143-318.17, which made it a Class 2 misdemeanor for a person to willfully interrupt, disturb, or disrupt an official meeting and who, upon being directed to leave the meeting by the presiding officer, willfully refuses to leave the meeting.
Applicable to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2021.
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