House panel OKs legal driving privileges for illegal immigrants in NC

(Raleigh News & Observer) The “Highway Safety/Citizens Protection Act,” sponsored by Rep. Harry Warren, a Republican from Salisbury, made it through an N.C. House judiciary committee on Wednesday, but not without criticism. Proponents say the bill would lead to safer roads and create a more uniform system for acceptable ID cards in immigrant communities. Critics describe the measure as another step toward amnesty that would encourage, not discourage, immigrants here illegally to settle in North Carolina. “This bill, I want to say, has nothing to do with immigration, immigration law or immigration reform,” Warren told an overflow crowd at the meeting. An estimated 325,000 people live in North Carolina illegally, Warren said, and some 90,000 to 110,000 of them are of driving age.

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Bill would block public access to police body cam footage

(Greensboro News-Record) A local legislator has filed a bill that would allow police body camera videos to be withheld from the public. Officials from Greensboro and other cities have asked legislators to set some policies regarding when the videos can be released, since more municipalities are outfitting officers with the cameras. State Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford) filed a bill this week that would make videos captured by law enforcement body and dashboard cameras one of the records police departments may shield from public inspection. If the bill becomes law, people would not have a guaranteed right to review police body camera videos.

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