by Jane Porter
About 170 entrepreneurs – representing small firms that employ a total of 2,461 people – have signed a petition calling for the repeal of House Bill 2.
The petition, started by several companies based in the Triangle, focuses on the economic impacts of the new LGBT law. It says that “out-of-state investors are delaying and even canceling investments in North Carolina companies.”
“North Carolina continues to be on the top lists of best locations for start-ups to grow, but now with the passage of this bill, the opportunity for investment, talent recruitment and general business growth is put at risk,” the petition continues.
The petition includes the owners of a variety of start-up businesses, including HQ Raleigh, Brooks Bell, WedPics, Drum for Change, Turtle Island Pottery and Smashing Boxes.
A legislative committee on Thursday approved a draft bill that would not require law enforcement agencies to use the cameras, but would leave it up to each department in consultation with city or county officials.3. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated for the first time in a month in Brooklyn last night. Such topics they touched on included gun control, criminal justice reform, energy and the environment and Israel.
“Technology is moving rapidly,” said Rep. John Faircloth, a Republican from High Point who is a former police chief, who added that many agencies already use the equipment. “We are making policy recommendations with some rules, leaving day-to-day decisions to local or state law enforcement.”
Videos from police cameras have played a prominent role in recent years in several high-profile officer-involved shootings across the country.
The legislature included $2.5 million in its budget for the current fiscal year to offer body camera grants of up to $100,000 each to law enforcement agencies.
Footage from body or dashboard cameras would not be considered public records, but the bill would establish a procedure for them to be released. The determination of what is released would be left to the chief law enforcement officer in an agency.
Anyone who requests a copy of a body cam video could appeal to a superior court in the region if they are denied a copy or do not receive a response within 48 hours. A police chief or sheriff would have to give one of a set of reasons, outlined in the bill, for a denial. Those reasons include a compelling public interest, whether disclosure would reveal highly sensitive personal information, or whether it would create a serious threat to the administration of justice.
Bernie really has nothing besides "You took speaking fees." Yes, the most qualified woman in the world gets paid for work.— Kate Harding (@KateHarding) April 15, 2016
Pro-tip to candidates: implying there's something defective about voters who don't choose you isn't a great way to broaden your appeal.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 15, 2016
Bernie gets petty when he gets cornered. Then he gets sexist, if patterns hold. Waiting for that shoe to drop. #DemDebate— Shelby Knox (@ShelbyKnox) April 15, 2016
Arguing that Hillary didn't want to break up the banks because she was gonna get paid for speeches by Goldman Sachs 7 years later is silly— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 15, 2016
Hillary says the steps she will take.— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) April 15, 2016
Bernie says she doesn't understand how bad the problem is.
But he doesn't have steps.
Can someone please name one thing that Bernie Sanders has actually accomplished in the House or Senate?— Bruce Thompson (@BTpolitics) April 15, 2016
The continued contempt for progressive voters in Red States makes me incandescently angry. #DemDebate— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) April 15, 2016