About 40 new laws take effect with the new year in North Carolina.
Starting Tuesday, political candidates will be required to
reveal whether they've ever been convicted of a felony. A related
law requires that legal expense funds for candidates or elected
officials disclose donors and expenditures.
Smoking will be banned in thousands of state government
buildings, and sheriff's offices will be required to check the
immigration status of people charged with felonies or impaired
Another law requires motorcyclists to wear safety helmets that
meet federal standards.
Money generated by a fee on rabies vaccination tags will be set aside to fund spay and neuter programs.
Electric utilities also officially go on the clock Tuesday to
meet renewable energy and efficiency requirements by 2021.