AN ACT INCREASING THE PAY OF MEMBERS OF THE STATE HIGHWAY PATROL AND THE DEATH BENEFITS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND REQUIRING THAT A JURY DECIDE THE DEFENDANT'S SENTENCE IN EVERY CASE INVOLVING THE MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, State Highway Patrol Division, $8.3 million for 2019-20 and $8.3 million for 2020-21 to increase the annual compensation for members of the State Highway Patrol. Requires the raises to be made according to the specified pay schedule. Effective July 1, 2019.
Amends GS 143-166.3 by increasing the amount of the death benefit to be paid when a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty from $100,000 to $1 million. Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of State Treasurer $18 million in recurring funds for 2019-20 and $18 million in recurring funds for 2020-21 to pay these benefits. Effective July 1, 2019.
Amends GS 15A-2001 by adding that if a defendant enters a guilty plea to first degree murder in a case involving the murder of a law enforcement officer, employee of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety, jailer, firefighter, judge or justice, former judge or justice, prosecutor or former prosecutor, juror or former juror, or witness or former witness against the defendant, while engaged in the performance of the person's official duties or because of the exercise of the person's official duty, the State must not agree to accept a sentence of life imprisonment and requires the jury to make a recommendation as to the appropriate sentence. Makes conforming changes. Effective December 1, 2019.
Includes a severability clause.