Several of my bills were before the Senate last week. HB 217, Stephen’s Law, was approved by the Senate last week and will be before the House on Monday. The bill was amended in conference to limit liability for hit and run charges only to drivers and passengers who become drivers. The bill had been bogged down with concerns about other passengers being held responsible for hit and run, when a passenger might not have any control over a decision to flee the scene of an accident. The bill makes it quite clear that criminal liability is limited to drivers and passengers who become drivers.
I also sponsored a bill that would make North Carolina’s lemon law more consumer friendly (HB 1295). This bill was approved by the Senate last week and is on its way to the governor for signature.
HB 1398, which would provide for the automatic opportunity to expunge one’s criminal record upon receipt of a pardon of innocence, was also approved by the Senate last week and is on its way to the Governor as well.