Illegal Here, Cyberbullying Appears on Other Legislatures’ Agendas

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National concern about cyberbullying has prompted state policymakers to follow North Carolina’s lead by drafting laws prohibiting the practice. So far, five states have proposed laws designed to prohibit electronic harassment. The regulations are designed to protect youngsters from the damaging consequences of cyberbullying. Several teen suicides have been linked to online harassment. North Carolina
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Jails Will Take More of State’s Misdemeanor Offenders in 2012

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Beginning in January, North Carolina offenders sentenced to six months or less will serve their time in county jails rather than the state’s prisons. Offenders sentenced to 90 days or less will still serve their time in county jails, but those convicted of more serious misdemeanors like assault will no longer automatically go to minimum-custody
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Orange County Citizens Standing Up to Protest Loitering Law

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A number of laborers, business owners and residents announced their intention to protest a law that prohibits loitering in their Orange County, North Carolina town. The ordinance currently makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to “stand, sit, recline, linger, or otherwise remain” at a certain intersection in the town between 11 am and 5 am.
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General Assembly Considers Cell Phone Ban for Drivers

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Bills are making their way through the North Carolina General Assembly that could make it a crime to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. The bill specifically excludes hands-free phone use but does encompass texting and smart phone web access. Penalties include fines and misdemeanor charges. The law would replace the existing statute that
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