Raleigh, N.C. — A wide-ranging regulatory reform bill rushed through two House committee meetings Wednesday and almost onto the House floor despite complaints from both sides of the aisle that the "Christmas tree bill" lumped too many different things together and was being handled too quickly.
One of the provisions of the bill, which was sent back to the Regulatory Reform Committee, would have exempted mugshots of anyone charged with a misdemeanor from the state public records law until the person was convicted, unless a law enforcement agency deemed it necessary to publish the photo for public safety reasons.
A separate mugshot provision was included in a bill updating criminal penalties that passed a House judiciary committee. This one would make it an unfair business practice to post a mugshot online and charge to take it down.
On the Senate side, senators and the director of the North Carolina Education Lottery complained about rules the House wants to put on lottery advertising, saying they would make it impossible for the lottery to increase sales, which the House is counting on to pay for teacher raises in its budget.