Under the Dome

Governor signs bills on drones, sex offenders, more

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday signed into law a measure that relaxes the prohibition on government agencies flying unmanned aircraft and using them to gather information about people.

The new law broadens the state’s chief information officer’s authority to approve government use of drones for purposes that may include law enforcement, emergency management, environmental regulation and scientific research.

More details about the new law are here.

The governor also signed a bill that increases the time between parole hearings for those convicted of some sexually violent crimes from one year to two years. The legislation was Senate Bill 675.

Other bills the governor signed on Tuesday include:

House Bill 268 — Allows state transportation workers to remove stranded vehicles, with the approval of a law enforcement officer, such as during winter storms.

Senate Bill 477 permits the sale of the former Bladen Correctional Center to the county board of commissioners for $1. The site will be used to train firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel.

Senate Bill 52 — Authorizes cities to use parking meters that take coins, tokens, cash, credit cards and debit cards. Only Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wilmington and a few other places were permitted to do that previously.

Senate Bill 185 — Clarifies the law regarding credit for time served in custody for a criminal offense.

Senate Bill 332 — Allows registers of deeds to collect additional fees for more complicated filings.