House, Senate tying up loose ends

Posted June 27

— As state lawmakers prepare to adjourn for the year, the House and the Senate are trying to move as much legislation through the pipeline as possible this week.

Following are some of the bills that the General Assembly either sent to Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday or moved within one vote of passage:

Opioids: The House gave final approval to a measure designed to fight the increasingly deadly epidemic of opioid addiction in North Carolina. The bill, now headed to Cooper, calls for changes in how painkillers are prescribed and expands community-based treatment and recovery programs.

Revenge porn: Also heading to Cooper is a bill expanding prohibitions on so-called "revenge porn" that lawmakers passed two years ago. The new legislation would make it illegal for anyone to disclose nude or sexual images of a person without that person's consent and with the intent to identify the person and cause harm. It also would punish anyone who obtained such images without the depicted person's consent.

Traffic stop training: The House also gave final approval to a proposal to require training in driver's education on how to respond during a police traffic stop. The bill is headed to Cooper.

Plastic bag ban: Among various changes to environmental laws, a bill approved by the Senate would repeal the 2009 ban on Outer Banks businesses using plastic bags. The bill requires one more approval in the House before going to Cooper.

Sunday hunting: The Senate loosened restrictions on hunting on Sundays to allow it on state-owned land in addition to most private property. But hunting is still prohibited before 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. The House still must give final approval to the measure.

Drones over jails: Anyone who flies a drone over a county jail or state or federal prison can be charged with a misdemeanor under a measure approved by the Senate. The charge becomes a felony if the aircraft is used to deliver contraband to an inmate. The bill needs a final approval in the House.

Gang laws: Laws against gangs were strengthened, leading to stiffer punishments for people involved in a gang, who threaten or retaliate against anyone who leaves a gang or who help someone else leave. After Senate approval, a final vote in the House is needed before the measure goes to Cooper.

Israel-based divestment: North Carolina wouldn't invest in or award government contracts to companies that boycott Israel under a proposal approved by the Senate. The bill heads to Cooper after a final House vote.


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