New State Laws In 2011

The beginning of the new year brings new laws for North Carolinians.

One focuses on active duty military service members. The new law bans lenders from foreclosing on their homes.

Some changes for drivers are also in effect now. People in their fifties and early sixties will not have to renew their driver licenses as often. A new law moves the age for the eight-year driver licenses from 54 to 66 years old. After age 66, you must renew your driver license every five years.

Motorcyclists under the age of 18 must take a special safety course to get their driver license. They are also no longer allowed to have a passenger.

A new state law also requires insurance companies to cover hearing aids for people under the age of 22.

List of New State Laws (PDF)


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  • by TONY THE TIGER Location: CHOCOWINITY on Jan 11, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    THE OLDER YOU GET, THE LONGER YOU GET TO RENEW YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE. IT MAKE ME FEEL SO MUCH SAFER NOW JUST KNOWING OF THOSE EXTRA YEARS OF SKIPPING THE EYE TEST.
  • by KOKO Location: ENC on Jan 4, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    First, it is ridiculous that insurance companies do not cover hearing aids for anyone, yet they will cover medications for erectile dysfunction. As far as military being exempt from home foreclosure, as one person has already stated, it is geared toward reservist that have been activated. Some leave behind jobs which have paid large salaries in order to serve their country for a little more than minimum wage, which doesn’t pay for a $150,000 dollar home. I can’t believe some of you jumped on the “don’t give deaf kids hearing aid” wagon, but said nothing about the dangers of a 16 year old inexperienced driver operating a motorcycle with or without a safety class! Thank you WITN for not posting the other 12 laws passed - the first four have seemed to shake up the “small minded” enough already!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Taken from the bill itself... The clerk of court shall not conduct a hearing pursuant to G.S. 45-21.16(d) unless the mortgagee, trustee or other creditor seeking to exercise a power of sale under a mortgage or deed of trust, or provided by statute, files with the clerk a certification that the hearing will take place at a time that is not during, or within 90 days after, a period of military service for the mortgagor, trustor or debtor. This subsection applies only to mortgages and deeds of trust that originated before the mortgagor's or trustor's period of military service... People getting upset because they think miltary wont have to pay bill... yes they will. the protection is limited and applies only to mortages prior to the enactment of this law and then only to within 90 days of active service... 91 days and they forclose. Thats the way I read anyway.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Thanks Mr. Lee, I looked at all of them and concluded all of it added to the state budget. There are some silly thinks like park rangers wearing vests, however, most will cost us money when the state runs 3.7 billion in debt. There is your problem. Don't spend it, if you don't have it, don't impliment it, if you cannot fund it.
  • by Mr. Lee Location: Kenansville on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    Here is a link to the list of new laws http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/legislativepublications/2010%20Effective%20Dates/2010EffectiveDates.pdf
  • by Been there, done that Location: New Bern on Jan 4, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    I've been active duty. I've seen how slow the pay can be with our without deployments and reservists coming in. That still does not allow an 'active duty' person to skip out on their mortgage, whether it was signed before or after becoming active duty. In fact, due to military status, they should lead by example and ensure that all bills are paid, or that the mortgage company is aware of a pay issue. Banks want their money and will work with you. This law allows the mililtary to use an excuse. Remember, everybody has one!
  • by Banker Location: NC on Jan 3, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    No bank in their right mind is going to give any Military Person a loan to buy a home now if they live in North Carolina. Oh well good thinking Thanks Bev. As Wolfgang said " Whats Next " ?
  • by Factual Location: Greenville on Jan 3, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Wanted to help the folks who don't want to provide children with hearing aids: First of all, the vast majority of minors with hearing impairment do not contract this disability from loud music. Most hearing damage from loud noises is longterm and would not be detected until later in life. About 2 newborns have mild hearing loss per 1000. Another overwhelmingly common cause for hearing loss is ear infection. It could be perceived as offensive or ignorant, to object to this new legislation based on a grossly false misconception that persons with hearing related disabilities most likely played their music too loudly.
  • by To WAYNE'S COMMENT Location: THESE UNITED STATES on Jan 3, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    If it is a military pay problem shouldn't we be focused on the problem instead of putting icing over it and creating another unneeded law.
  • by Larry Location: NC on Jan 3, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    This could be good for Army recruting " Join the Army get stationed in North Carolina , get a free home "
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