Gov. Bev Perdue took action on a variety of bills, including a measure to help stop fraud, waste and abuse in government; clarifications to the Justice Reinvestment Act; and creation of a task force to study alternative energy. In all, she signed 8 bills.
"We have an obligation to jealously guard taxpayer dollars and do all we can to root out fraud and waste." said Gov. Perdue. "House Bill1074 helps protect the taxpayer and that's why I am signing it into law."
HB 1074 adds whistle-blower protections to the local governmental employees' retirement system, and provides access to documents and property related to fraud investigations. It also institutes additional fraud protections to the Disability Income Plan.
HB 177 creates an interagency task force to study the feasibility and desirability of advancing the use of alternative fuels by state agencies and the development of an associated fueling infrastructure. The bill also establishes criteria for the operation of electric vehicle charging stations at state-owned highway rest stops.
HB 1021 makes adjustments to The Justice Reinvestment Act, clarifying several areas, including changing total confinement of drug trafficking changes to include post-release supervision, and requiring persons ordered to perform court ordered community service to pay the community service supervision fee.
Gov. Perdue also signed five other bills. They are:
* SB 810 Regulatory Reform Act 2012
* SB 821 Study and Amend Fisheries Laws
* HB 1023 Expunctions/Nonviolent Offenses
* HB 1077 PPP Pilot Toll Project/Ferry Tolls
* HB 1181 Study Municipal Local Options Sales Tax
There are 12 bills remaining on the Governor's desk awaiting action. She has until Aug. 2 to act on them.