Jackson presents community update

I hope that everyone is having a fantastic week. This has been a busy week at the legislature with the Senate working on the budget. We are now having the subcommittees report their budget recommendations and priorities to the full appropriation co-chairs, which I am one of. We hope to have the budget to the floor of the Senate sometime next week.

I am pleased to inform you that today the House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of the Property Protection Act, and that the legislation is now law. I am glad that an overwhelming majority of the legislators of both houses were able to see through the misinformation and recognize the importance of this bill, as well as the importance of protecting the rights of property owners.

The Property Protection Act provides private property owners with a civil remedy in situations where an individual accesses the nonpublic areas of their facility and then engages in activities that go beyond the permission granted by the owner. The bill explicitly provides protection for whistle blowers and does not hold liable legitimate employees who witness and report wrongdoing. It also exempts law enforcement personnel conducting official investigations.

Question of the week:

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Question of the Week last week. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do so. Since the question was relatively open ended, your answers varied from person to person. I enjoyed reading everyone’s response and thought you all made valid, insightful points.

For this week’s question, I would like to delve into a law enforcement question. The N.C. State Highway Patrol has asked for on-board dash cameras for their squad cars. Do you believe that we need cameras in our troopers’ cars?

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way possible.