New Laws For 2008

With the New Year, North Carolina ushers in several new state laws passed by the legislature this year.

Topping the list, you won't be able to light up in any state-owned building. State employees and visitors will have to smoke outside come January 1st. The ban includes buildings that are leased by the state as well. The law also allows local governments to ban smoking in their buildings, though none here in Eastern Carolina have voted to do so yet.

On January 1st, county jails must ask everyone arrested for a felony or DWI whether they are legal residents of the United States. It will still be up to the Feds to deport the prisoner or not.

Beer bottles will turn green on New Years Day. Bars and restaurants will now have to submit a recycling plan if they want to get a state alcohol permit.

And state office seekers will have to confess up about their past. Brought on by the Jim Black scandal, those running for public office will now have to answer whether they have been convicted before of a felony. A wrong answer itself is also a felony.

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  • by Angry Location: Employee on Dec 31, 2007 at 08:08 PM
    I hope the non-smoking people are elated due to the new law regarding smoking and state employees, etc. These people, mostly northerners who have moved down and try to change EVERYTHING about North Carolina need to go back up north. The people don't seem to realize that tobacco built this area to what it is. If it weren't for tobacco, ECU wouldn't be what and where it is today. It's funny how COUNTY offices still have smokers in their buildings (just go into the Greenville tax office, they smoke in their offices). You know it's funny, there are more people worried about smoking than are worried about having to pay for illegal immigrants food stamps, diapers, healthcare and the latest COLLEGE. I'd much rather see someone smoking outside of a building than us paying for illegal immigrants.
  • by joe stroud Location: morehead city on Dec 28, 2007 at 04:50 PM
    What is next. Please stop passing laws to protect us from ourselves.Sometimes i believe the legislature just gets bored and passes new laws. I don't know why because most of them do not follow them. Always remember that nothing is safe or sacred when the legislature is in session. Protect your rights and vote libertarian. Go ron Paul.

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