Bill Summary for S 3 (2013-2014)

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Jan 30 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 3 (Public) Filed Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Intro. by Apodaca.

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Appropriates $14 million for 2013-14 from the General Fund to the Department of Justice to build a Western Regional Crime Lab at the Western Justice Academy. Appropriates $1.9 million for 2013-14 and $1.9 million for 2014-15 to staff 19 positions at the Lab. Effective July 1, 2013.

Amends GS 8-58.20(f) (concerning admissibility of forensic analysis reports) to require (was, permit) the admission of the analyst's lab report and affidavit without the analyst's testimony if no written objection is filed. Makes conforming changes to GS 8-58.20(g)(5) (personal appearance by person signing chain of custody statement), GS 20-139.1(c1) (admissibility of blood or urine analysis), GS 20-139.1(c3) (chain of custody statement), GS 20-139.1(e1) (use of chermical analyst's affidavit in district court), and GS 90-95(g) (admissibility of report on matter submitted for analysis). Effective July 1, 2013.

Effective December 1, 2013, makes a conforming change to GS 90-95(g1) to require admission of the statement establishing chain of custody without requiring the personal appearance of the person who signed the statement, unless written objection is filed.

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