AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AGAINST CITIES AND COUNTIES THAT ADOPT SANCTUARY POLICIES, ORDINANCES, OR PROCEDURES IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW.
Amends GS 153A-145.5 and GS 160A-205.2 to deem null and void any county or city policy, ordinance, or procedure limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law (previously prohibited such policies, ordinances and procedures). Additionally, creates a right of action for any person to seek an injunction for any violation of the statutes. Authorizes courts to enter mandatory or prohibitory injunctions to enjoin violations, requiring actions brought to be set for immediate hearing, with subsequent proceedings accorded priority by trial and appellate courts. Specifies that adequate legal remedies is no defense in the action. Requires injunction orders to describe the acts enjoined with reference to the violations that have been proved. Courts are authorized to award attorneys' fees to (1) a party who successfully obtains injunctive relief, or (2) the governmental unit or body the action was instituted against if the court determines the action was filed in bad faith or was frivolous. Bars assessing attorneys' fees against the governmental body or unit if the court finds that the governmental body or unit acted in reasonable reliance on (1) a court order or judgement applicable to the governmental unit or body, or (2) the published opinion of an appellate court, an order of the NC Business Court, or a final order of the Trial Division.
Appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund for 2021-22 to the Department of Labor to provide education for the public regarding the act's provisions, effective July 1, 2021.
Appropriates $5,000 from the General Fund for 2021-22 to the Office of State Budget and Management to provide grants to the NC League of Municipalities (in the amount of $3,000) and the NC County Commissioners Association (in the amount of $2,000) to provide education for local governments, effective July 1, 2021.
Applies to actions filed on or after the date the act becomes law.