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Senate takes action on biscuits, SBI director, GPS stalking

Posted April 16, 2015

Those grabbing breakfast at their local mini-mart would be able to grab a seat as well, under a bill that cleared the state Senate.

Senators sped through a number of relatively uncontroversial items during their floor session Thursday.

The following bills were among the business completed:

BISCUITS: Those grabbing breakfast at their local mini-mart would be able to grab a seat as well, under a bill that cleared the state Senate. The measure, put forward by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, would help small businesses that use well and septic systems for water and sewer but aren't licensed as restaurants. Senate Bill 7 now goes to the House.

SBI CONFIRMATION: Senators confirmed B.W. Collier to an eight-year term as director of the State Bureau of Investigation. Collier, a 26-year veteran of the SBI, was nominated by Gov. Pat McCrory to be the first head of the newly independent agency. Collier's nomination had been caught up in a spat between the governor and the legislature over other nominations, which appears to have passed.

GPS TRACKING: Senators voted 44-0 to make stalking someone by using a GPS device a criminal offense. The bill applies to tracking devices installed on cars but exempts a car's owner and police from the prohibition. Senate Bill 238 now goes to the House.

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  • Patricia Donalds Apr 18, 2015
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    Victims of stalking need much more than 'tips' or a piece of paper. They need trained volunteers and staff to work with them and the police to help document and record the stalking acitivtiy and hold stalkers accountable before damages and/or violence occur. They need 'Stalking Units' in their local police departments. Urge your local legislators, police, city and county agencies to co-ordinate with the federal level for funding. http://www.grants.gov