New Laws For The New Year

Several new laws are set to take effect when we ring in the New Year next week.

Among them, changes to the state's election laws.

A legislative oversight committee will be formed to study the state's elections laws and to look at elections initiatives in other states.

A pilot project for instant-runoff voting allowing voters in a primary to also mark their second and perhaps third choices, which would eliminate the need for a runoff primary.

Another new law prevents state employees from smoking in state vehicles.

The law is an effort protect State Employees' health.

Also, a new law gives motorists 60 days to re-inspect a car that failed inspection without paying another inspection fee.

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  • by Jasper Location: Bath,NC on Jan 2, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    The North Carolina House of Representatives rejected a statewide smoking ban in May 2007. The rationale for smoke-free laws is to protect people from the effects of second-hand smoke, which include an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, emphysema, and other diseases. Laws implementing bans on indoor smoking have been introduced by many countries in various forms over the years, with some legislators citing scientific evidence that shows tobacco smoking is harmful to the smokers themselves and to those inhaling second-hand smoke. There are 34 States with a partial or State wide ban on smoking, There are 16 States the have no State wide ban on smoking. I smoke a cigar some times ,but non smokers have rights too.
  • by Leigh Location: Chocowinity on Jan 1, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I agree that EMPHYSEMA is a bad way to die. So is liver failure from chronic alcohol use or from being trapped in a car that was destroyed when it was hit by a drunk driver. Liver failure is not a pretty picture. Jaundice from the bilirubin, ascites from the fluid building up due to liver failure, not to mention the problems in the brain from the toxins that build up in the blood. I am an Oncology nurse and I see it all the time. And before anyone starts, yes I see lung cancer too. Get on the band wagon for the drinkers and their families. By all means, have a drink in a bar, or several for that matter. Hop in your car and see if you can get home without killing yourself or someone else. But heaven forbid the consequences if someone wants to go in that same bar and smoke.
  • by Pete Location: NC on Dec 31, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    Smoke all you want, just not where it has a negative affect on others. Why would other people want to share smoking related illnesses with smokers? Secondhand smoke has been proven to be very unhealthy to breathe.
  • by Did you read it? on Dec 30, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    It says it's banning smoking in state vehicles, not in the state. I think this appropriate because if I had to drive behind a smoker, I would be in trouble because I'm allergic to the smoke, to the point of not being able to breathe. So, the question is.. is your cigarette "time-out" in a moving vehicle more precious than someone else's health? Smokers take a smoke break on the job, why not take one on the road?
  • by johnathan Location: mason on Dec 30, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    we need new laws
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Dec 30, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    Hi Obama Snake Oil Co. I agree with you the Government does not have the right to tell me if I can or cannot smoke. It seems to me with all the new smoking laws in this county they can tell me where I can or cannot smoke? I can live with those laws , and nonsmokers rights too. Thank you for your kind words about my Mother & Grandfather. I also am sorry for the loss of your Uncle. I have found in life that sometimes we " Oursevles " are or own worse enemy. Have a great day. I think later for dinner. I am going to eat 1/2 a pizza,have a glass of wine,and go outside and smoke a cigar O Well. For get about the Government Laws. The wifes rules of law. I smoke outside or else,and I am affraid of that " Or Else."
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 30, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    As bad of decisions that I have witnessed our legislature making, I will say that each of these new laws are necessary and I am in agreement with these changes totally.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    Wolfgang, while I am sorry for your loss and agree with you on smoking, I don't agree that giving up a vice by law is right. As an example, my uncle lost his life from obessity. He was 290 lbs when he died at 47 of heart failure. I am not happy about it by no means but I realize that we are responsible for what we do to ourselves and prefer that the government not tell us what we can and cannot do within means. My point is eating, drinking and smoking along with many things are dangerous. We, you and I are responsible for ourselves to make right decisions. It is then up to us to teach our children the same, not the government. Off course, did you know it is illegal to kill moles in NC? If you think that is a joke google it. Wow, the animal rights group really don't want us on earth.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    I would have given my Mother my lungs if I could have. My Mother and my Mothers Father my Grandfather all died. Because of 30 years of cigarette smoking. " EMPHAZIMA is horrible way to die " The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases, deadly. There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarettes, hundreds of which are toxic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body's immune system. The effects of cigarette smoking are destructive and wides spread. Toxic ingredients in cigarette smoke travel throughout the body, causing damage even death. I know they " Cigarettes " killed two of my family.
  • by Disgusted! Location: NC on Dec 30, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    Oh well ! who even knows the ones they put on the books last year? we have so many "laws" now that no one knows what they are until you break one! The house, senate, & congress should be VOLUNTEER jobs. that way they wouldn't stay in Washington so long making up assanine rules. let's ditch all this junk and go back to the ORIGINAL constitution!
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