Category Archives: Legislation

Bill would require teaching that abortion causes preterm births

Filed yesterday by Senators Daniel, Tillman, and Randleman
S132 Main Page

Short Title:        Health Curriculum/Preterm Birth. (Public)
Sponsors: Senators Daniel, Tillman, and Randleman (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT TO include instruction in the school health education program on the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA CHILD FATALITY TASK FORCE.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑81(e1)(1) reads as rewritten:

“(e1)     School Health Education Program to Be Developed and Administered.

(1)        A comprehensive school health education program shall be developed and taught to pupils of the public schools of this State from kindergarten through ninth grade. This program includes age‑appropriate instruction in the following subject areas, regardless of whether this instruction is described as, or incorporated into a description of, “family life education”, “family health education”, “health education”, “family living”, “health”, “healthful living curriculum”, or “self‑esteem”:

a.         Mental and emotional health.

b.         Drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

c.         Nutrition.

d.         Dental health.

e.         Environmental health.

f.          Family living.

g.         Consumer health.

h.         Disease control.

i.          Growth and development.

j.          First aid and emergency care, including the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver by using hands‑on training with mannequins so that students pass a test approved by the American Heart Association, or American Red Cross. Schools shall use for this purpose an instructional program developed by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or other nationally recognized programs that is based on the most current national evidence‑based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for CPR. Schools shall maintain documentation in an electronic database that students have successfully completed CPR instruction to meet Healthy Living Essential Standards. Successful completion of instruction in CPR shall be a requirement for high school graduation by the 2014‑2015 school year.

k.         Preventing sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases.

l.          Reproductive health and safety education. The instruction program shall include information about the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.

m.        Bicycle safety.

As used in this subsection, “HIV/AIDS” means Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.”

SECTION 2. To facilitate the implementation of this act, within 60 days of this act becoming effective and annually thereafter, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, shall provide to the Department of Public Instruction sample educational materials with the most current information available about the preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.

SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2013‑2014 school year.

Bill would require cursive by 5th grade and memorization of multiplication tables

I kid you not.

H146 Main Page

Short Title:        Back to Basics. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Hurley and Warren (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to require the state board of education to ensure instruction in cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables as a part of the basic education program.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑81 is amended by adding new subsections to read:

(k) Cursive Writing. — The standard course of study shall include the requirement that the public schools provide instruction in cursive writing so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade.

(l) Multiplication Tables. — The standard course of study shall include the requirement that students enrolled in public schools memorize multiplication tables to demonstrate competency in efficiently multiplying numbers.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2013‑2014 school year.

Bill filed to stop drivers licenses under DACA

After a long battle to win the right to drivers licenses under DACA – the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which allows for a more normal life for undocumented individuals brought here as children – a bill filed today would put a moratorium on issuing licenses until the General Assembly reviews the matter.

H 141 Main Page

Short Title:        DACA Beneficiaries/Drivers License Moratorium. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Brody, J. Bell, Lambeth, and Millis (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to ENABLE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FULLY INVESTIGATE AND DELIBERATE ON ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE STATE AND ITS CITIZENS WITH REGARD TO THE FEDERAL DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS INITIATIVE.

Whereas, federal immigration laws are complicated, inconsistent, and confusing; and

Whereas, these problems have been exacerbated by the federal government’s failure to enforce existing laws and to protect the nation’s borders; and

Whereas, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative announced by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012, compounds the confusion in federal immigration law rather than diminishes it; and

Whereas, rather than working with the General Assembly to craft a careful and deliberate legislative response to the DACA initiative, the previous administration merely requested a North Carolina Attorney General’s opinion; and

Whereas, the Office of the Attorney General issued an opinion on January 17, 2013, that further complicates the application of the law in this State; and

Whereas, possession of a valid drivers license has traditionally been one of the main methods by which residents of this State demonstrate their eligibility to receive various benefits and entitlements and to exercise various fundamental rights; and

Whereas, granting drivers licenses to a whole new class of individuals may therefore have far reaching ramifications for numerous State programs, benefits, and rights; and

Whereas, the complexity of these issues requires a carefully crafted legislative response, undertaken only after thorough investigation and deliberation by the people’s elected representatives in the General Assembly; Now, therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding G.S. 20‑7(b1) or (s) or any other provision of law, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall not issue a drivers license of any kind to an applicant whose lawful presence was derived through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative announced by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and expires on June 15, 2013.

WRAL – Bill would put DACA licenses on hold

Bill takes aim at unions

Introduced with love on Valentine’s Day, House Bill 110 is a murky bill that puts restrictions on union agreements for government agencies and companies seeking public contracts for construction and repairs.
H110 Main Page

Short Title:        Public Contracts/Project Labor. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Goodman, J. Bell, Moffitt, and Murry (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to provide for fair and open competition in governmental construction contracts and to prohibit requirements for certain terms in government contracts.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Article 8 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read as follows:

§ 143‑133.1.  Public contracts; labor organizations.

(a) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the provisions of this section will provide for more economical, nondiscriminatory, neutral, and efficient procurement of construction‑related services by the State and political subdivisions of the State as market participants. The General Assembly finds that providing for fair and open competition best effectuates this intent.

(b) Any agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or any agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State awarding a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a public building shall not in any bid specifications, project agreements, or other controlling documents:

(1) Require or prohibit a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor from entering into or adhering to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to that project or a related construction project.

(2) Otherwise discriminate against a bidder, offeror, contractor, or subcontractor for becoming, remaining, refusing to become or remain a signatory to, or for adhering or refusing to adhere to an agreement with one or more labor organizations in regard to that project or a related construction project.

(c) An agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or an agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State shall not award a grant, tax abatement, or tax credit that is conditioned upon a requirement that the awardee include a term described in subsection (b) of this section in a contract document for any construction, improvement, maintenance, or renovation to real property or fixtures that are the subject of the grant, tax abatement, or tax credit.

(d) This section does not prohibit an agent or employee of the State, any board or governing body of the State or of any institution of the State government, or an agent, employee, or board or governing body of any political subdivision of the State from awarding a contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit to a private owner, bidder, contractor, or subcontractor who enters into or who is party to an agreement with a labor organization if being or becoming a party or adhering to an agreement with a labor organization is not a condition for award of the contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit, and if the State agent, employee, or board or the political subdivision does not discriminate against a private owner, bidder, contractor, or subcontractor in the awarding of that contract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit based upon the person’s status as being or becoming, or the willingness or refusal to become, a party to an agreement with a labor organization.

(e) This section does not prohibit a contractor or subcontractor from voluntarily entering into or complying with an agreement entered into with one or more labor organizations in regard to a contract with the State or a political subdivision of the State or funded in whole or in part from a grant, tax abatement, or tax credit from the State or political subdivision.

(f) The State or the governing body of a political subdivision may exempt a particular project, contract, subcontract, grant, tax abatement, or tax credit from the requirements of any or all of the provisions of subsection (b) or (c) of this section if the State or governing body of the political subdivision finds, after public notice and a hearing, that special circumstances require an exemption to avert an imminent threat to public health or safety. A finding of special circumstances under this section shall not be based on the possibility or presence of a labor dispute concerning the use of contractors or subcontractors who are nonsignatories to, or otherwise do not adhere to, agreements with one or more labor organizations, or concerning employees on the project who are not members of or affiliated with a labor organization.

(g) This section does not do either of the following:

(1) Prohibit employers or other parties from entering into agreements or engaging in any other activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151 to 169.

(2) Interfere with labor relations of parties that are left unregulated under the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151 to 169.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies to all contracts awarded on or after that date.

Constitutional amendment on annexation proposed

A bill requiring a referendum among property owners in areas proposed for annexation, currently in the House Government Committee. The bill, introduced by Representatives Pittman, Hardister, and Ford, would put a constitutional amendment before voters to require municipalities that want to annex areas to hold a vote of the residents in the area under consideration and win approval of two-thirds of the voters. This policy follows the trend by the General Assembly toward ever-tighter annexation requirements.

House Bill 79 Main Page

Short Title:        Annexation Amendment. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Pittman, Hardister, and Ford (Primary Sponsors).

For a complete list of Sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly Web Site.

Referred to: Government, if favorable, Finance.

February 11, 2013

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to amend the Constitution of North Carolina to restrict annexation by municipalities.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Section 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of North Carolina reads as rewritten:

Section 1. General Assembly to provide for local government.

The General Assembly shall provide for the organization and government and the fixing of boundaries of counties, cities and towns, and other governmental subdivisions, and, except as otherwise prohibited by this Constitution, may give such powers and duties to counties, cities and towns, and other governmental subdivisions as it may deem advisable.

The General Assembly may not authorize any annexation initiated by a city, town, or other government subdivision unless the eligible voters living within the proposed area of annexation, and they alone, are allowed to vote, and the proposed annexation is approved by two‑thirds of those voting. Such election shall be placed on the ballot in accordance with law within the proposed area of annexation for the general election next occurring after the municipality proposes the annexation. This paragraph does not prohibit property owners from requesting annexation if they so desire. No city, town, or other governmental subdivision may exercise any jurisdiction beyond the corporate limits.

The General Assembly shall not incorporate as a city or town, nor shall it authorize to be incorporated as a city or town, any territory lying within one mile of the corporate limits of any other city or town having a population of 5,000 or more according to the most recent decennial census of population taken by order of Congress, or lying within three miles of the corporate limits of any other city or town having a population of 10,000 or more according to the most recent decennial census of population taken by order of Congress, or lying within four miles of the corporate limits of any other city or town having a population of 25,000 or more according to the most recent decennial census of population taken by order of Congress, or lying within five miles of the corporate limits of any other city or town having a population of 50,000 or more according to the most recent decennial census of population taken by order of Congress. Notwithstanding the foregoing limitations, the General Assembly may incorporate a city or town by an act adopted by vote of three‑fifths of all the members of each house.”

SECTION 2. The amendment set out in Section 1 of this act shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the State at the statewide general election on November 4, 2014, which election shall be conducted under the laws then governing elections in the State. Ballots, voting systems, or both may be used in accordance with Chapter 163 of the General Statutes. The question to be used in the voting systems and ballots shall be:

“[ ] FOR           [ ] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment requiring municipal annexations not requested by the property owners to be approved by a two‑thirds vote of the voters in the area to be annexed, and prohibiting municipalities from exercising jurisdiction outside their borders.”

SECTION 3. If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of the amendment set out in Section 1 of this act, the State Board of Elections shall certify the amendment to the Secretary of State. The amendment becomes effective January 1, 2015. The Secretary of State shall enroll the amendment so certified among the permanent records of that office.

SECTION 4. This act is effective when it becomes law.

Davis introduces opossum right-to-work act

I kid you not. All because of the PETA protest over the annual possum-drop in Clay’s Corner in Brasstown I guess.

Here’s the bill

Short Title:        The Opossum Right-to-Work Act. (Public)
Sponsors: Senators J. Davis and Bingham (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to amend the law providing for the issuance of captivity licenses and permits by the wildlife resources commission.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 113‑272.5(a) reads as rewritten:

“(a)       In the interests of humane treatment of wild animals and wild birds that are lawfully taken, crippled, tame, or otherwise unfit for immediate release into their natural habitat, the Wildlife Resources Commission may license qualified individuals to hold at a specified location one or more of any particular species of wild animal or wild bird alive in captivity. captivity for scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes. Before issuing this license, the Executive Director must satisfy himself that issuance of the license is appropriate under the objectives of this Subchapter, and that the wild animal or wild bird was not acquired unlawfully or merely as a pet. Upon refusing to issue the captivity license, the Executive Director may either take possession of the wild animal or wild bird for appropriate disposition or issue a captivity permit under G.S. 113‑274(c)(1b) for a limited period until the holder makes proper disposition of the wild animal or wild bird.”

SECTION 2. G.S. 113‑274(c) reads as rewritten:

“(c)       The Wildlife Resources Commission may issue the following permits:

(1b)      Captivity Permit. — Authorizes the possession of live wildlife that may lawfully be permitted to be retained alive, in accordance with governing rules of the Wildlife Resources Commission. This permit may not substitute for any required collection license or captivity license, but may be temporarily issued for possession of wild animals or wild birds for scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes pending action on a captivity license or following its denial or termination. If this permit is issued for fish to be held indefinitely, the Wildlife Resources Commission may provide for periodic renewals of the permit, at least once each three years, to insure a review of the circumstances and conditions under which fish are kept. Wild animals and wild birds kept temporarily in captivity under this permit must be humanely treated and in accordance with any stipulations in the permit, but the standards of caging and care applicable to species kept under the captivity license do not apply unless specified in the permit. Any substantial deviation from reasonable requirements imposed by rule or administratively under the authority of this section renders the possession of the wildlife unlawful.

….”

SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.

NPR – Possum Drop Will Be Held In Brasstown, N.C.

Partisan judicial elections

House Bill 65 — Restore Partisan Judicial Elections was introduced today.

H65 Main Page

Short Title:        Restore Partisan Judicial Elections. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Iler, R. Brown, Riddell, and Jones (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:

 

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to restore partisan judicial elections.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Subchapter X (Article 25) of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes is repealed.

SECTION 2. G.S. 163‑106(c) reads as rewritten:

“(c)       Time for Filing Notice of Candidacy. — Candidates seeking party primary nominations for the following offices shall file their notice of candidacy with the State Board of Elections no earlier than 12:00 noon on the second Monday in February and no later than 12:00 noon on the last business day in February preceding the primary:

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

All State executive officers

Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals

Judges of the superior courts

Judges of the district courts

United States Senators

Members of the House of Representatives of the United States

District attorneys

Candidates seeking party primary nominations for the following offices shall file their notice of candidacy with the county board of elections no earlier than 12:00 noon on the second Monday in February and no later than 12:00 noon on the last business day in February preceding the primary:

State Senators

Members of the State House of Representatives

All county offices.”

SECTION 2.1. G.S. 163‑106(f) reads as rewritten:

“(f)       Candidates required to file their notice of candidacy with the State Board of Elections under subsection (c) of this section shall file along with their notice a certificate signed by the chairman of the board of elections or the director of elections of the county in which they are registered to vote, stating that the person is registered to vote in that county, if the candidacy is for superior court judge and the county contains more than one superior court district, stating the superior court district of which the person is a resident, stating the party with which the person is affiliated, and that the person has not changed his affiliation from another party or from unaffiliated within three months prior to the filing deadline under subsection (c) of this section. In issuing such certificate, the chairman or director shall check the registration records of the county to verify such information. During the period commencing 36 hours immediately preceding the filing deadline the State Board of Elections shall accept, on a conditional basis, the notice of candidacy of a candidate who has failed to secure the verification ordered herein subject to receipt of verification no later than three days following the filing deadline. The State Board of Elections shall prescribe the form for such certificate, and distribute it to each county board of elections no later than the last Monday in December of each odd‑numbered year.”

SECTION 2.2. G.S. 163‑106.1 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

(j) No person may file a notice of candidacy for superior court judge unless that person is at the time of filing the notice of candidacy a resident of the judicial district as it will exist at the time the person would take office if elected. No person may be nominated as a superior court judge under G.S. 163‑114 unless that person is at the time of nomination a resident of the judicial district as it will exist at the time the person would take office if elected. This subsection implements Section 9(1) of Article IV of the North Carolina Constitution which requires regular superior court judges to reside in the district for which elected.

SECTION 2.3. G.S. 163‑107.1(b) reads as rewritten:

“(b)      If the candidate is seeking the office of United States Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or any State executive officer, the petition must be signed by 10,000 registered voters who are members of the political party in whose primary the candidate desires to run, except that in the case of a political party as defined by G.S. 163‑96(a)(2) which will be making nominations by primary election, the petition must be signed by ten percent (10%) of the registered voters of the State who are affiliated with the same political party in whose primary the candidate desires to run, or in the alternative, the petition shall be signed by no less than 10,000 registered voters regardless of the voter’s political party affiliation, whichever requirement is greater. If the office is superior court judge or district court judge, the petition shall be signed by ten percent (10%) of the registered voters of the election area in which the office will be voted for.

The petition must be filed with the State Board of Elections not later than 12:00 noon on Monday preceding the filing deadline before the primary in which he seeks to run. The names on the petition shall be verified by the board of elections of the county where the signer is registered, and the petition must be presented to the county board of elections at least 15 days before the petition is due to be filed with the State Board of Elections. When a proper petition has been filed, the candidate’s name shall be printed on the primary ballot.”

SECTION 3. G.S. 163‑106(d) reads as rewritten:

“(d)      Notice of Candidacy for Certain Offices to Indicate Vacancy. — In any primary in which there are two or more vacancies for associate justices for the Supreme Court, two or more vacancies for the Court of Appeals, two or more vacancies for district court judge, or two vacancies for United States Senator from North Carolina, each candidate shall, at the time of filing notice of candidacy, file with the State Board of Elections a written statement designating the vacancy to which he that candidate seeks nomination. A person seeking election for a specialized district judgeship established under G.S. 7A‑147 shall, at the time of filing notice of candidacy, file with the State Board of Elections a written statement designating the specialized judgeship to which the person seeks nomination. Votes cast for a candidate shall be effective only for his nomination to the vacancy for which he that candidate has given notice of candidacy as provided in this subsection.”

SECTION 4. G.S. 163‑107(a) reads as rewritten:

“(a)       Fee Schedule. — At the time of filing a notice of candidacy, each candidate shall pay to the board of elections with which he that candidate files under the provisions of G.S. 163‑106 a filing fee for the office he seekssought in the amount specified in the following tabulation:

Office Sought                                                         Amount of Filing Fee

Governor                                                                 One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

Lieutenant Governor                                                 One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

All State executive offices                                         One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

All Justices, Judges, and One percent (1%) of the annual salary of

District Attorneys of the General                              the office sought

Court of Justice

United States Senator                                               One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

Members of the United States House                        One percent (1%) of the annual salary of

of Representatives                                                   the office sought

State Senator                                                           One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

Member of the State House of                                  One percent (1%) of the annual salary of

Representatives                                                       the office sought

All county offices not compensated by fees               One percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought

All county offices compensated partly                       One percent (1%) of the first annual

by salary and partly by fees                                      salary to be received (exclusive of fees)

The salary of any office that is the basis for calculating the filing fee is the starting salary for the office, rather than the salary received by the incumbent, if different. If no starting salary can be determined for the office, then the salary used for calculation is the salary of the incumbent, as of January 1 of the election year.”

SECTION 5. G.S. 163‑107.1(c) reads as rewritten:

“(c)       County, Municipal and District Primaries. — If the candidate is seeking one of the offices set forth in G.S. 163‑106(c) but which is not listed in subsection (b) of this section, or a municipal or any other office requiring a partisan primary which is not set forth in G.S. 163‑106(c) or (d), he the candidate shall file a written petition with the appropriate board of elections no later than 12:00 noon on Monday preceding the filing deadline before the primary. The petition shall be signed by ten percent (10%) of the registered voters of the election area in which the office will be voted for, who are affiliated with the same political party in whose primary the candidate desires to run, or in the alternative, the petition shall be signed by no less than 200 registered voters regardless of said voter’s political party affiliation, whichever requirement is greater. The board of elections shall verify the names on the petition, and if the petition is found to be sufficient, the candidate’s name shall be printed on the appropriate primary ballot. Petitions for candidates for member of the U.S. House of Representatives, District Attorney, judge of the superior court, judge of the district court, and members of the State House of Representatives from multi‑county districts or members of the State Senate from multi‑county districts must be presented to the county board of elections for verification at least 15 days before the petition is due to be filed with the State Board of Elections, and such petition must be filed with the State Board of Elections no later than 12:00 noon on Monday preceding the filing deadline. The State Board of Elections may adopt rules to implement this section and to provide standard petition forms.”

SECTION 6. G.S. 163‑111(c)(1) reads as rewritten:

“(c)       Procedure for Requesting Second Primary.

(1)        A candidate who is apparently entitled to demand a second primary, according to the unofficial results, for one of the offices listed below, and desiring to do so, shall file a request for a second primary in writing with the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections no later than 12:00 noon on the ninth day (including Saturdays and Sundays) following the date on which the primary was conducted, and such request shall be subject to the certification of the official results by the State Board of Elections. If the vote certification by the State Board of Elections determines that a candidate who was not originally thought to be eligible to call for a second primary is in fact eligible to call for a second primary, the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections shall immediately notify such candidate and permit him to exercise any options available to him within a 48‑hour period following the notification:

Governor,

Lieutenant Governor,

All State executive officers,

Justices, Judges, or District Attorneys of the General Court of Justice,

United States Senators,

Members of the United States House of Representatives,

State Senators in multi‑county senatorial districts, and

Members of the State House of Representatives in multi‑county representative districts.”

SECTION 7. G.S. 163‑114 reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑114.  Filling vacancies among party nominees occurring after nomination and before election.

If any person nominated as a candidate of a political party for one of the offices listed below (either in a primary or convention or by virtue of having no opposition in a primary) dies, resigns, or for any reason becomes ineligible or disqualified before the date of the ensuing general election, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment according to the following instructions:

Position

President                                                          Vacancy is to be filled by appointment of

Vice President                                                        national executive committee of

political party in which vacancy occurs

Presidential elector or alternate elector              Vacancy is to be filled by appointment of

Any elective State office                                          State executive committee of political

United States Senator                                             party in which vacancy occurs

A district office, including:                                 Appropriate district executive committee of

Member of the United States House                 political party in which vacancy occurs

of Representatives

Judge of district court

District Attorney

State Senator in a multi‑county

senatorial district

Member of State House of

Representatives in a multi‑county

representative district

State Senator in a single‑county                 County executive committee of political

senatorial district                                          party in which vacancy occurs,

Member of State House of                               provided, in the case of the State

Representatives in a single‑county                Senator or State Representative in a

representative district                                   single‑county district where not all the

Any elective county office                                 county is located in that district, then in

voting, only those members of the

county executive committee who reside

within the district shall vote

Judge of superior court in a County executive committee

single‑county judicial of political party in

district where the district which vacancy occurs;

is the whole county or part provided, in the case of

of the county a superior court judge in a

single‑county district where

not all the county is

located in that district,

then in voting, only those

members of the county

executive committee who

reside within the

district shall vote

Judge of superior court in a Appropriate district

multicounty judicial executive committee of

district political party in which

vacancy occurs.

The party executive making a nomination in accordance with the provisions of this section shall certify the name of its nominee to the chairman of the board of elections, State or county, that has jurisdiction over the ballot item under G.S. 163‑182.4. If at the time a nomination is made under this section the general election ballots have already been printed, the provisions of G.S.163‑165.3(c) shall apply. If a vacancy occurs in a nomination of a political party and that vacancy arises from a cause other than death and the vacancy in nomination occurs more than 120 days before the general election, the vacancy in nomination may be filled under this section only if the appropriate executive committee certifies the name of the nominee in accordance with this paragraph at least 75 days before the general election.

In a county which is partly in a multicounty judicial district, in choosing that county’s member or members of the judicial district executive committee for the multicounty district, only the county convention delegates or county executive committee members who reside within the area of the county which is within that multicounty district may vote.

In a county not all of which is located in one congressional district, in choosing the congressional district executive committee member or members from that area of the county, only the county convention delegates or county executive committee members who reside within the area of the county which is within the congressional district may vote.

In a county which is partly in a multi‑county senatorial district or which is partly in a multi‑county House of Representatives district, in choosing that county’s member or members of the senatorial district executive committee or House of Representatives district executive committee for the multi‑county district, only the county convention delegates or county executive committee members who reside within the area of the county which is within that multi‑county district may vote.

An individual whose name appeared on the ballot in a primary election preliminary to the general election shall not be eligible to be nominated to fill a vacancy in the nomination of another party for the same office in the same year.”

SECTION 8. G.S. 138A‑22(d) reads as rewritten:

“(d)      A candidate for an office subject to this Article shall file the statement of economic interest at the same place and in the same manner as the notice of candidacy for that office is required to be filed under G.S. 163‑106 or G.S. 163‑323 within 10 days of the filing deadline for the office the candidate seeks. An individual who is nominated under G.S. 163‑114 after the primary and before the general election, and an individual who qualifies under G.S. 163‑122 as an unaffiliated candidate in a general election, shall file a statement of economic interest with the county board of elections of each county in the senatorial or representative district. An individual nominated under G.S. 163‑114 shall file the statement within three days following the individual’s nomination, or not later than the day preceding the general election, whichever occurs first. An individual seeking to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate under G.S. 163‑122 shall file the statement of economic interest with the petition filed under that section. An individual seeking to have write‑in votes counted for that individual in a general election shall file a statement of economic interest at the same time the candidate files a declaration of intent under G.S. 163‑123. A candidate of a new party chosen by convention shall file a statement of economic interest at the same time that the president of the convention certifies the names of its candidates to the State Board of Elections under G.S. 163‑98.”

SECTION 9. G.S. 163‑22.3 reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑22.3.  State Board of Elections littering notification.

At the time an individual files with the State Board of Elections a notice of candidacy pursuant to G.S. 163‑106, 163‑112, 163‑291, 163‑294.2, or 163‑323, or 163‑294.2, is certified to the State Board of Elections by a political party executive committee to fill a nomination vacancy pursuant to G.S. 163‑114, is certified to the State Board of Elections by a new political party as that party’s nominee pursuant to G.S. 163‑98, qualifies with the State Board of Elections as an unaffiliated or write‑in candidate pursuant to Article 11 of this Chapter, or formally initiates a candidacy with the State Board of Elections pursuant to any statute or local act, the State Board of Elections shall notify the candidate of the provisions concerning campaign signs in G.S. 136‑32 and G.S. 14‑156, and the rules adopted by the Department of Transportation pursuant to G.S. 136‑18.”

SECTION 10. G.S. 163‑82.10B reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑82.10B.  Confidentiality of date of birth.

Boards of elections shall keep confidential the date of birth of every voter‑registration applicant and registered voter, except in the following situations:

(1)        When a voter has filed notice of candidacy for elective office under G.S. 163‑106, 163‑122, 163‑123, or 163‑294.2, or 163‑323, has been nominated as a candidate under G.S. 163‑98 or G.S. 163‑114, or has otherwise formally become a candidate for elective office. The exception of this subdivision does not extend to an individual who meets the definition of “candidate” only by beginning a tentative candidacy by receiving funds or making payments or giving consent to someone else to receive funds or transfer something of value for the purpose of exploring a candidacy.

(2)        When a voter is serving in an elective office.

(3)        When a voter has been challenged pursuant to Article 8 of this Chapter.

(4)        When a voter‑registration applicant or registered voter expressly authorizes in writing the disclosure of that individual’s date of birth.

The disclosure of an individual’s age does not constitute disclosure of date of birth in violation of this section.

The county board of elections shall give precinct officials access to a voter’s date of birth where necessary for election administration, consistent with the duty to keep dates of birth confidential.

Disclosure of a date of birth in violation of this section shall not give rise to a civil cause of action. This limitation of liability does not apply to the disclosure of a date of birth in violation of this subsection as a result of gross negligence, wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing that would otherwise be actionable.”

SECTION 11. G.S. 163‑165.5(3) reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑165.5.  Contents of official ballots.

Each official ballot shall contain all the following elements:

(3)        The names of the candidates as they appear on their notice of candidacy filed pursuant to G.S. 163‑106 or G.S. 163‑323, or on petition forms filed in accordance with G.S. 163‑122. No title, appendage, or appellation indicating rank, status, or position shall be printed on the official ballot in connection with the candidate’s name. Candidates, however, may use the title Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. Nicknames shall be permitted on an official ballot if used in the notice of candidacy or qualifying petition, but the nickname shall appear according to standards adopted by the State Board of Elections. Those standards shall allow the presentation of legitimate nicknames in ways that do not mislead the voter or unduly advertise the candidacy. In the case of candidates for presidential elector, the official ballot shall not contain the names of the candidates for elector but instead shall contain the nominees for President and Vice President which the candidates for elector represent. The State Board of Elections shall establish a review procedure that local boards of elections shall follow to ensure that candidates’ names appear on the official ballot in accordance with this subdivision.

….”

SECTION 12. G.S. 163‑278.100(1) reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑278.100.  Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms have the following definitions:

(1)        The term “candidate‑specific communication” means any broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that has all the following characteristics:

a.         Refers to a clearly identified candidate for a statewide office or the General Assembly.

b.         Is aired in an even‑numbered year after the final date on which a Notice of Candidacy can be filed for the office, pursuant to G.S. 163‑106(c) or G.S. 163‑323, G.S. 163‑106(c), and through the day on which the general election is conducted, excluding the time period set in the definition for “electioneering communication” in G.S. 163‑278.80(2)b.

c.         Is targeted to the relevant electorate.

….”

SECTION 13. G.S. 163‑278.110(1) reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑278.110.  Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms have the following definitions:

(1)        The term “candidate‑specific communication” means any mass mailing or telephone bank that has all the following characteristics:

a.         Refers to a clearly identified candidate for a statewide office or the General Assembly.

b.         Is transmitted in an even‑numbered year after the final date on which a Notice of Candidacy can be filed for the office, pursuant to G.S. 163‑106(c) or G.S. 163‑323, G.S. 163‑106(c), and through the day on which the general election is conducted, excluding the time period set in the definition for “electioneering communication” in G.S. 163‑278.90(2)b.

c.         Is targeted to the relevant electorate.

….”

SECTION 14. G.S. 163‑1(b) reads as rewritten:

“(b)      On Tuesday next after the first Monday in May preceding each general election to be held in November for the officers referred to in subsection (a) of this section, there shall be held in all election precincts within the territory for which the officers are to be elected a primary election for the purpose of nominating candidates for each political party in the State for those offices, and nonpartisan candidates as to offices elected under the provisions of Article 25 of this Chapter.offices.

SECTION 15. G.S. 163‑122(c) is repealed.

SECTION 16. G.S. 163‑123(g) reads as rewritten:

“(g)       Municipal and Nonpartisan Elections Excluded. — This section does not apply to municipal elections conducted under Subchapter IX of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, and does not apply to nonpartisan elections.elections except for elections under Article 25 of this Chapter.

SECTION 17. G.S. 163‑278.64(c) reads as rewritten:

“(c)       Certification of Candidates. — Upon receipt of a submittal of the record of demonstrated support by a participating candidate, the Board shall determine whether or not the candidate has complied with all the following requirements:

(1)        Signed and filed a declaration of intent to participate in this Article.

(2)        Submitted a report itemizing the appropriate number of qualifying contributions received from registered voters, which the Board shall verify through a random sample or other means it adopts. The report shall include the county of residence of each registered voter listed.

(3)        Filed a valid notice of candidacy pursuant to Article 25 10 of this Chapter. Chapter, a valid petition or declaration of intent under Article 11 of this Chapter, or is nominated under G.S. 163‑98.

(4)        Otherwise met the requirements for participation in this Article.

The Board shall certify candidates complying with the requirements of this section as soon as possible and no later than five business days after receipt of a satisfactory record of demonstrated support.”

SECTION 18. G.S. 163‑278.64A is repealed.

SECTION 19. G.S. 105‑159.2(b) reads as rewritten:

“(b)      Returns. — Individual income tax returns must give an individual an opportunity to agree to the allocation of three dollars ($3.00) of the individual’s tax liability to the North Carolina Public Campaign Fund. The Department must make it clear to the taxpayer that the dollars will support a nonpartisan court system, that the dollars will go to the Fund if the taxpayer marks an agreement, and that allocation of the dollars neither increases nor decreases the individual’s tax liability. The following statement must be used to meet this requirement: “Mark ‘Yes’ if you want to designate $3 of taxes to this special Fund for voter education materials and for candidates who accept spending limits. Marking ‘Yes’ does not change your tax or refund.” The Department must consult with the State Board of Elections to ensure that the information given to taxpayers complies with the intent of this section.

The Department must inform the entities it approves to reproduce the return that they must comply with the requirements of this section and that a return may not reflect an agreement or objection unless the individual completing the return decided to agree or object after being presented with the statement required by subsection (b) of this section and, as available background information or instructions, the information required by subsection (c) of this section. No software package used in preparing North Carolina income tax returns may default to an agreement or objection. A paid preparer of tax returns may not mark an agreement or objection for a taxpayer without the taxpayer’s consent.”

SECTION 20.(a) G.S. 84‑34 reads as rewritten:

“§ 84‑34.  Membership fees and list of members.

Every active member of the North Carolina State Bar shall, prior to the first day of July of each year, pay to the secretary‑treasurer an annual membership fee in an amount determined by the Council but not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00), plus a surcharge of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the implementation of Article 22D of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, three hundred dollars ($300.00) and every member shall notify the secretary‑treasurer of the member’s correct mailing address. Any member who fails to pay the required dues by the last day of June of each year shall be subject to a late fee in an amount determined by the Council but not to exceed thirty dollars ($30.00). All dues for prior years shall be as were set forth in the General Statutes then in effect. The membership fee shall be regarded as a service charge for the maintenance of the several services authorized by this Article, and shall be in addition to all fees required in connection with admissions to practice, and in addition to all license taxes required by law. The fee shall not be prorated: Provided, that no fee shall be required of an attorney licensed after this Article shall have gone into effect until the first day of January of the calendar year following that in which the attorney was licensed; but this proviso shall not apply to attorneys from other states admitted on certificate. The fees shall be disbursed by the secretary‑treasurer on the order of the Council. The fifty‑dollar ($50.00) surcharge shall be sent on a monthly schedule to the State Board of Elections. The secretary‑treasurer shall annually, at a time and in a law magazine or daily newspaper to be prescribed by the Council, publish an account of the financial transactions of the Council in a form to be prescribed by it. The secretary‑treasurer shall compile and keep currently correct from the names and mailing addresses forwarded to the secretary‑treasurer and from any other available sources of information a list of members of the North Carolina State Bar and furnish to the clerk of the superior court in each county, not later than the first day of October in each year, a list showing the name and address of each attorney for that county who has not complied with the provisions of this Article. The name of each of the active members who are in arrears in the payment of membership fees shall be furnished to the presiding judge at the next term of the superior court after the first day of October of each year, by the clerk of the superior court of each county wherein the member or members reside, and the court shall thereupon take action that is necessary and proper. The names and addresses of attorneys so certified shall be kept available to the public. The Secretary of Revenue is hereby directed to supply the secretary‑treasurer, from records of license tax payments, with any information for which the secretary‑treasurer may call in order to enable the secretary‑treasurer to comply with this requirement.

The list submitted to several clerks of the superior court shall also be submitted to the Council at its October meeting of each year and it shall take the action thereon that is necessary and proper.”

SECTION 20.(b) Article 22D of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes is repealed.

SECTION 20.(c) G.S. 163‑278.5 reads as rewritten:

“§ 163‑278.5.  Scope of Article; severability.

The provisions of this Article apply to primaries and elections for North Carolina offices and to North Carolina referenda and do not apply to primaries and elections for federal offices or offices in other States or to non‑North Carolina referenda. Any provision in this Article that regulates a non‑North Carolina entity does so only to the extent that the entity’s actions affect elections for North Carolina offices or North Carolina referenda.

The provisions of this Article are severable. If any provision is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity does not affect other provisions of the Article that can be given effect without the invalid provision.

This section applies to Articles 22B, 22D, 22E, 22F, 22G, 22H, 22J, and 22M of the General Statutes to the same extent that it applies to this Article.”

SECTION 20.(d) G.S. 163‑278.13(e) reads as rewritten:

“(e)       Except as provided in subsections (e2), (e3), (e3) and (e4) of this section, this section shall not apply to any national, State, district or county executive committee of any political party. For the purposes of this section only, the term “political party” means only those political parties officially recognized under G.S. 163‑96.”

SECTION 20.(e) Any unexpended funds from the tax on attorneys under G.S. 163‑278.63(b)(7) and G.S. 84‑34 shall be refunded pro rata.

SECTION 21. This act is effective with respect to primaries and elections held on or after January 1, 2014, except that Section 20(e) shall become effective July 1, 2013.