Increased impaired boating penalties among 12 new laws

Posted 5:03 p.m. Thursday
Updated 6:21 p.m. Thursday

— Tougher penalties for boat operators impaired by alcohol or drugs who unintentionally kill or injure someone are among all or parts of a dozen new laws now in effect in North Carolina.

Provisions enacted during this year's General Assembly and enforceable starting Thursday include the boating law, which was named in memory of a Concord teenager killed on Lake Norman in 2015.

Other actions by the legislature create a new criminal offense designed to address when parents transfer their child's custody to someone else without legal justification like a formal adoption. It's also now a misdemeanor to run small-time "beach bingo" operations without a license.

Gov. Pat McCrory highlighted Thursday in a news release a new farm law he says will help the state better respond to agricultural emergencies.


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  • Alex Yopp Dec 2, 12:54 p.m.
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    No doubt lobbied and paid for by the privatized prisons of NC. Let's lock up more people.

  • Steve Smith Dec 2, 7:28 a.m.
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    New laws? Here's a novel idea how about enforcing the ones already on the books?