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June 5, 2014

Bill would erase prosecutor property tax records from county websites

The state House is considering a bill that would allow uniformed police officers, District Attorneys and assistant DAs to request removal of their property tax records from county websites. The idea stems from the kidnapping of a Wake prosecutor’s father from his home in Wake Forest earlier this year that was orchestrated by an incarcerated convicted felon.

The state House is considering a bill that would allow uniformed police officers, District Attorneys and assistant DAs to request removal of their property tax records from county websites.

The idea stems from the kidnapping of a Wake prosecutor’s father from his home in Wake Forest earlier this year that investigators say was orchestrated by an incarcerated convicted felon.

Rep. Chris Malone, a Wake Forest Republican, said removing the information would offer some protection by making it more difficult for people to find police officers and prosecutors at their homes.

The information would remain a public record, said Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore, but it would require a trip to a county office to retrieve.

The bill moved out of committee despite questions about whether more people, including judges, legislators and court clerks should be included, or whether any elected officials at all should have their information erased. Moore said he would send the bill to one of the House Judiciary committees for further review.

Some legislators noted that the information would likely still be available through websites that charge fees to view records.

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