AN ACT TO CREATE A PUBLIC SERVICE ALERT SYSTEM TO AID IN THE APPREHENSION OF SUSPECTS WHO KILL OR INFLICT SERIOUS BODILY INJURY ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER; TO PROVIDE THAT THE HEAD OR CHIEF OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MAY DESIGNATE A PERSON TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR A DEADLY WEAPON TO BE TURNED OVER TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY; TO AMEND THE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM TO EXPAND THE CLASS OF CITIZENS IT PROTECTS; TO PREVENT MOTOR CARRIERS FROM AVOIDING CIVIL PENALTIES OWED TO THE STATE BY TRANSFERRING TITLE PRIOR TO PAYMENT; TO MAKE MINOR CHANGES TO THE DEFINITION OF EMERGENCY IN THE NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT; TO PROVIDE THAT THE SAMARCAND TRAINING ACADEMY IS SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED FROM THE UMSTEAD ACT; AND TO CREATE AN EXCEPTION TO THE LENGTH OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR FORENSIC SCIENTISTS TO BECOME CAREER STATE EMPLOYEES.
House amendments make the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amendment #1 amends the act's long title.
Also deletes Section 9 of the act, which provided for an appropriation of $8,675,924 in nonrecurring funds for 2016-17 from the General Fund to the State Bureau of Investigation to provide aircraft replacement and essential modern law enforcement equipment.
Amends GS 15A-622 (Formation and organization of grand juries; other preliminary matters), enacting new GS 15A-622(i), which contains three categories of crimes that can be the basis for convening an investigative grand jury to expand those crimes to include violations of GS 90-95(h) or GS 90-95.1 (trafficking in marijuana or criminal enterprise); GS Chapter 14, Article 29 or 30 (relating to bribery and obstructing justice); GS 14-288 (buying and selling of offices); and GS 14-234 public officers or employees benefiting from public contracts). Makes conforming changes.
Amends the effective date clause, providing that the above amended provisions of GS 15A-622 are effective October 1, 2016.
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