New North Carolina Laws to Take Effect in December

From www.charlotte.news14.com by Linnie Supall, November 30, 2012

RALEIGH — Saturday marks a new month, and that means new laws will take effect. More than a dozen new state laws will be implemented and some of the new December laws have already sparked controversy before taking effect.

The School Violence Prevention Act adds several new rules to ensure a safe learning environment for kids. It says no teacher will face criminal charges for things they do in good faith to break up a fight between students. It also puts consequences in place for cyber-bullying. Any student found guilty will now be charged with a misdemeanor and be transferred to a new class or school.

However, there’s some disagree with the School Violence Prevention Act. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina opposes the law because it is too broad, threatens to chill students’ free speech and sets a bad precedent by telling students it’s wrong to criticize government officials.

A new punishment system for DWI’s and stricter consequences for people caught habitually stealing will take effect.

And, a new crackdown on crime prevents all convicted felons from collecting retirement benefits from any state employee retirement fund.

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