Legislative and Policy

Highlighting state and national legislative news, focusing on some of the most important policy issues of the day.

Internet sales tax bill receives bipartisan support

May 16, 2013

Last week, the Senate voted on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, a bill that would require online and mail-order businesses to comply with the same tax withholding requirements as in-state brick-and-mortar businesses.  The bill had strong bipartisan support and was passed by a vote of ...[Continue Reading]

Amending North Carolina Rule of Evidence 103

April 21, 2013

Rule 103 of the North Carolina Rules of Evidence contains nearly identical language to the same Federal Rule of Evidence prior to its amendment in 2000.  Originally set to be effective on October 1, 2003, the General Assembly amended former Rule 103 by adding the following language to subsection ...[Continue Reading]

Orange County Public Smoking Ban to Take Effect in 2013

December 21, 2012

On November 21, Orange County Commissioners voted 6-1 to ban smoking in most public places.  Prior to the vote, the commissioners were presented with two gallon jars that contained more than 6,000 cigarette butts collected on Franklin Street in 2010.  Commissioner Earl McKee cast the only vote ...[Continue Reading]
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