MONTPELIER – The proposal introduced by the house committee to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana differs from the demands of the Scott administration on the saliva test for drivers. Marijuana tax and regulate bill, S.54 for this year was approved by the House Committee on Government Operations. The theme of the bill is based on roadway safety which Governor Phil Scott highlighted on a large scale.
With some restrictions, the bill would allow enforcement officers to take saliva samples from drivers if they suspect of them being impaired. The bill is not expected to get thumbs up from the governor and the Senate is less likely to support it. It focuses on receiving support from municipalities to allow the opening of marijuana shops in the town. Hence, businesses could open marijuana stores with the implementation of this bill.
The legislation allows police officers to take saliva tests on the roads but they could only be able to administer it at the police department. However, a search warrant issued from a judge is required to carry out this saliva testing. In order to increase roadside safety, the bill authorizes police authority to impose a penalty on people for not wearing a seatbelt. The governor, Phil Scott has refused to support the commercial marijuana sales legislation unless saliva testing is included in it. According to him, legalizing marijuana sales without saliva testing on the roadside would lead to an increase in the cases of impaired driving. Many drivers today are successfully able to pass saliva test, and the government is not liking this fact at all.
In addition, democrats are also differing from the opinion of Gov. Scott to take saliva test on the road. They said that even if drivers pass the test, still, there is no way to make a conclusion about the impairment of drivers at that moment. The governor demanded that police officers should be authorized to take drug saliva test without a warrant. Also, he expressed his demand for more control over Marijuana regulatory board.
North Carolina to Target Robocalls and Scammers With Penalties
Phone prankers usually mask their real number to pass robocalls to consumers. To take action against them, North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation on Monday to make it mandatory for callers to use their real name and number of the business they are representing. The legislation bill passed by 45-0 in the state senate. It was passed by the House last month and now it is waiting for the sign of Gov. Roy Cooper.
Telephone scammers usually block or trick caller ID to send spam calls to people. They make their calls in such a format that they are from a local number or from a family member. When the bill will be signed by the state Governor, people who do so will be fined up to $5,000.
Federal law has already declared the practice of using fake numbers illegal in all states. But this bill will give states’ authority an extra power to go after the scammers. The bill also would apply on fake messages and mobile posts.
Consumers can also enroll with the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry, which stops companies to send telemarketing sales calls to the consumers. And if they violate the regulation, consumers can complain against them. Alternatively, consumers can detect the identity of spammers with the use of Glasscaller that identifies the suspicious caller.
Tim Moore sponsored the bill in State House Speaker, and said that these fake and robocalls are at a top concern for his constituents. When he went out campaigning last year, he heard about more people getting scammed phone calls.
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