Let public see cop-cams, renewable energy subsidies, limit on state spending and taxes

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Let public see cop-cams, renewable energy subsidies, limit on state spending and taxes


Check out these key votes made by elected officials in North Carolina during the most recent legislative session, and go to www.votespotter.com to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.


House Bill 972, Deny public access to police recordings: Passed 93 to 21 in the House on June 27, 2016, and 48 to 2 in the Senate on June 29, 2016

To prohibit the public from having access to recordings made by law enforcement, such as those made by body-worn cameras or dashboard cameras. These recordings shall only be disclosed to people who whose image or voice were on the recording, or to their representatives if deceased or a minor. The legislation also authorizes local governments and nonprofits to conduct limited needle exchange programs.


Amendment to House Bill 972, Allow release of police recordings in use of force incidents: Failed 42 to 72 in the House on June 27, 2016

To allow the release of a law enforcement recording if the recording was of a use of force incident that resulted in serious bodily injury or death.


Senate Bill 372, Extend tax breaks for renewable energy investment: Passed 37 to 7 in the House on April 1, 2015, and 87 to 28 in the House on April 21, 2015

To authorize a one-year extension of existing tax breaks on the cost of construction for proposed renewable energy projects. The bill requires a promise from those seeking an extension that the project will be “substantially completed” by January 1, 2016.


Amendment to House Bill 760, Limit renewable energy mandate: Passed 97 to 19 in the House on April 29, 2015

To limit the mandate that public utility companies must obtain a certain portion of their energy from renewable sources at 6%, instead of allowing the mandated amount to rise to 12.5% in 2021. This amendment also fixes the limit at 6% for other utility companies in the state, reduces the amount companies can charge customers to recover costs for renewable energy, and repeals the property tax exclusion for solar energy electric systems.


Senate Bill 607, Limit state spending and taxes: Passed 31 to 14 in the Senate on August 12, 2015

To allow voters to approve or reject a constitutional amendment that would limit state spending increases to the average inflation rate plus the population growth rate. However, two-thirds of the legislature could vote to authorize higher spending. This amendment would also limit the state’s income tax to five percent and establish an emergency saving reserve fund.


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