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‘First In Freedom’ Joins 'First in Flight' as North Carolina License Plate Option PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 05:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Move over 'First in Flight.' North Carolinians now have the option of choosing a 'First in Freedom' license plate.

State officials are reviving the plate to recognize the state’s historic role in the creation of the United States. The plate became available July 1.

The phrase “First in Freedom” recognizes two “firsts” established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves have been noted throughout history as the first steps by one of the original 13 colonies to secede from Great Britain.

The new plate was designed by Troy resident Charles Robinson. The original debuted in 1975.

To apply for a “First in Freedom” license plate at no additional charge, vehicle owners must request the plate at the time of their registration renewal.

Eleven More Bills Become Law With Governor's Signature PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2015 08:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the following bills into law after passage by the General Assembly and delivery to his office.

S.B. 534 - A bill authorizing the Director of the Budget to continue expenditures for the operations of state government at the level in effect on June 30, 2015. This bill will expire on August 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
S.B. 455 - A bill prohibiting certain investments and contracts with persons determined to be engaging in investment activities in Iran.
H.B. 356 - A bill clarifying the cap on the utilities regulatory fee reserve, setting the regulatory fee in statute, and allowing the commission to raise or lower the fee.
H.B. 55 - A bill amending the law regarding pyrotechnic exhibitions authorized by North Carolina State University.
H.B. 148 - A bill requiring owners of mopeds to have insurance beginning July 1, 2016 and making clarifying changes related to the law requiring the registration of mopeds.
S.B. 284 - A bill extending the sunset provision on the authority granted to counties and cities to use special assessments to address critical infrastructure needs.
S.B. 333 - A bill requiring that the State Board of Education include specific data in its annual report on the teaching profession.
S.B. 462 - A bill clarifying that a public authority may establish, control, and operate a nonprofit corporation with tax exempt status.
S.B. 578 - A bill transitioning abuse and neglect investigations in child care facilities to the Division of Child Development and Early Education within DHHS as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services.
S.B. 88 - A bill assigning pole attachment disputes to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
S.B. 174 - A bill providing that the City of Wilmington may lease from the Department of Transportation the Department's interest in a portion of the former CSX Transportation Rail corridor within the limits of that city.

It's Official: Bernard "B.W." Collier Takes Helm Of State Bureau of Investigation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2015 08:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He has been acting head of the state's key law enforcement agency but now Bernard "B.W." Collier has been confirmed as the permanent Director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

The former SBI agent was given the oath of office last week at the State Capitol in a ceremony attended by his family, Gov. Pat McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry.

Collier is in charge of more than 300 agents. He was an SBI Special Agent for 26 years and director of Alcohol Law Enforcement before being appointed acting director of the SBI.

His background and expertise includes time as a drug investigator, pilot, arson and crime scene agent, canine handler, technical agent and bomb squad commander.

Gov. McCrory's Statement On King v. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 June 2015 06:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld subsidies issued under the Affordable Care Act in states like North Carolina, which did not set up state insurance exchanges, Gov. Pat McCrory issued the following statement.


"Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on this matter, we must build a North Carolina-based reform plan that focuses on healthier patients at a cost taxpayers can afford,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “We must give doctors, hospitals, and all health care providers the flexibility to provide their patients the highest quality care possible.”


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