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NC House Bill 73

​Illegal as of 12/1/17

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2017
H D
HOUSE BILL DRH40039-ML-8 (10/03)
Short Title: Prohibit Driving With Animal in Lap. (Public)
Sponsors: Representative Pierce.
Referred to:
*DRH40039-ML-8*
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
AN ACT TO INCREASE SAFETY ON THE ROADS BY PROHIBITING THE OPERATION 2 OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE THE DRIVER IS HOLDING A LIVE ANIMAL IN THE 3 PERSON'S LAP. 4
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 5
SECTION 1. Part 9 of Article 3 of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes is amended by 6 adding a new section to read: 7
"§ 20-137.4B. Unlawful to operate motor vehicle while holding live animal in lap. 8
(a) Purpose. – It is the intent of the General Assembly to ensure the safety of all who are 9 traveling on the public streets, highways, and other public vehicular areas of this State. The 10 General Assembly finds that the operation of a motor vehicle by a person holding a live animal in 11 the person's lap must be prohibited as it is a distraction that endangers the safety of the driver, any 12 passengers in the vehicle, others traveling in the same vicinity, and the animal. 13
(b) Offense. – It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle on a public street, 14 highway, or public vehicular area while holding a live animal in the person's lap. 15
(c) Penalty. – A violation of this section shall be an infraction and shall be punishable by a 16 fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00) and the costs of court. 17
(d) Points. – No drivers license points or insurance surcharge shall be assessed as a result 18 of a violation of this section. 19
(e) Negligence. – Failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall not constitute 20 negligence per se or contributory negligence per se by the operator in any action for the recovery 21 of damages arising out of the operation, ownership, or maintenance of a vehicle." 22
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses 23 committed on or after that date. 24
H.B. 73
Feb 8, 2017
HOUSE PRINCIPAL CLERK

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SB 16/ HB 162

The senate recently overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of SB 16/HB 162 Amend Administrative Procedure Laws. As you may remember, we had followed this bill closely all year and provided input to legislatures on the original bill language that would have had negative implications for animal shelters in our state. These pertained to limitations to the number of animals per primary enclosures in shelters as well as boarding kennels. Other portions of the “boarding kennel” section of the bill concerned other stakeholders and their interest and concerns about those sections of the bill passing were also voiced. Fortunately for animal shelters, all language concerning boarding kennels was removed from the final version of the bill entirely. This also removed any impact that it would have had on our states shelters ability to house pets humanely and appropriately. The final version that has now become law after surviving the veto process does not include any language about boarding kennels nor is there any impact to animal shelters.
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