Bill Summary for S 111 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT REPEALING THE PROHIBITION ON CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING CITY ORDINANCES REGULATING TAXIS AND PROVIDING THAT REPEAT VIOLATORS OF CITY ORDINANCES MAY BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND SUBJECT TO A FINE.Intro. by Lazzara, Sawrey, McInnis.
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Amends GS 160A-175(b1) (governing enforcement of ordinances) to repeal the prohibition on criminal penalties for violation of a city ordinance regulating taxis.
Under current law, violation of certain local ordinances is considered a misdemeanor and punishable by fine. A person can defend against that misdemeanor charge by demonstrating they did not incur any subsequent alleged violations of the local ordinance for the 30 days after the date of the initial alleged violations. The act would create an exception to that defense by allowing for a person to be found responsible for a misdemeanor if there was an alleged violation of any local ordinance within the 12 months preceding the new alleged violations.
Effective December 1, 2023, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.