Sen. Thom Goolsby is a primary sponsor of a bill to make violating the state's sunshine laws a criminal offense
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Sen. Thom Goolsby and others in the
state Senate are taking aim on public officials who they say violate the state's
public records and open meetings laws.
Goolsby (R-New Hanover) and Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Buncombe)
are the primary sponsors of a bill filed Thursday morning called the "Public
Meetings/Records Law Violations" bill, the first of three "sunshine laws"
Goolsby plans to file during this session of the General Assembly. The "sunshine laws" cover access to open
meetings and public records in North Carolina.
SB125 would make violations of public records and open
meetings laws a criminal offense. In a video posted on YouTube, Goolsby says "The
government official, bureaucrat or whoever it is that does not you (the public)
into the (open) meeting, or denies you the (public) record, can be charged with
a Class 3 misdemeanor."
"Who is against this?" Goolsby asks in the video. "I
guess people who like doing things and not having you, the public, know what
they are doing with your money, on your time, in your house."
The bill has not gone through its first reading in the
Senate. It will then be assigned to committee and debated before possibly
coming in front of the full Senate for a vote.
Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
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Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
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Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
Thursday, February 27 2014 8:05 AM EST2014-02-27 13:05:29 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State House Speaker Thom Tillis embraced the Republican agenda he helped push through North Carolina state government as he filed officially for the U.S. Senate. It's the same agendaMore >>
House Speaker became the latest Republican candidate to file paperwork and run for a seat in the United States Senate. Two Libertarian candidates also signed up, bringing the total number of candidates to nearly a dozen.More >>
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